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Many Equality Fund projects have involved the creation of lasting resources. For example:

2017/18 Projects

24hr Wheelchair Challenge

This project, organised by an individual student, gave ten people the chance to experience a day in a wheelchair. The volunteers taking part were asked to record their day online to have influence and spread the word to other students and the staff of Trinity. The intended impact of the event was to start a much-needed conversation on campus and in society as a whole about the treatment of those in wheelchairs, accessibility requirements, and the struggles wheelchair users face on a daily basis.

Bold Girls

Bold Girls marked and celebrated the centenary of women's suffrage in Ireland in March 2018. Staff and students on the MPhil in Children's Literature curated an exhibition in the Long Room of significant historical children's texts from the Library's collections written by and about strong women. The exhibition highlighted specific collections within the Library, particularly the Pollard collection, and showcased works by Irish women writers and illustrators from the 18th century to the 20th century. An accompanying digital exhibition engaged a wide public audience.

Empowering through Self-Help

To be completed

Equality Forum

To be completed

Get to Know your Library

This collaborative project between the Library and Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disability (TCPID) produced support materials for and by students taking the Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice (ASIAP) Certificate, to address anxieties experienced by first year students with intellectual disability around using the library.

Participation in the project – from the design through to the production of the support materials - empowered students to act as ambassadors for their peers, providing them with a “voice” in library engagement. Importantly, it facilitated peer-to-peer learning and enabled students to identify with and gain confidence from their fellow students.

I Can be Anything When I Grow Up

Young children construct understandings of gender during the preschool years. This project sought to challenge one aspect of gender biases in children in the care of Trinity College Day Nursery by introducing them to a series of visitors of College students, staff and alumni who do not conform to traditional gender roles, e.g. a female rugby player, a male make-up artist, a female engineer, a male nurse.

The Harmony Project

This project, by an individual student, aimed to increase representation and awareness of those seeking sanctuary within Ireland. A day-long workshop was held in collaboration with the Junior Common Room of Trinity Hall and other societies on campus. The event was open to residents in Direct Provision centres, of which 20 attended (some travelling from as far as Cork) and to students of Trinity. The project created a platform for the voices of asylum seekers in Ireland to be heard and their skills and talents to be recognised.

Leaning in and Speaking Up?

Despite some progress in recent years, leadership in healthcare is still dominated by men, even though women make up the majority of the health care workforce. This project by an individual staff member explored this issue through focus groups with female health care students in Trinity to better understand their perceptions of female leadership in healthcare and their beliefs about their own abilities to demonstrate leadership now and in the future.

The findings from the focus groups will be presented at an information evening, and also used to inform the development of a leadership workshop for healthcare students.

Native Scientist

To be completed

Political Representation of People with Disabilities in Ireland

This half-day seminar, organised by an individual student, opened the discussion on the barriers to the representation of people with disabilities in electoral positions across Irish society, their rights, accessibility and activism. It used a presentation of research conducted by Priestley et al, (2016) on the participation of people with disabilities across EU member states as a platform for this discussion. There was a focus on the Irish context, with speakers from various NGOs and political parties and ample opportunity for audience participation. It offered people with disabilities an opportunity to have their voice heard on the topic of their representation.

Student Champions

There is great diversity among our community of mature students. What they share is a commitment to realising their educational potential, underpinned by an understanding of how life-changing study at this level can be.

This project by the Trinity Access Programmes / Mature Students Office has created a digital archive of these journeys into and through Trinity, by making a three-minute video each of selected students telling their stories. Crucial to the experience of each student has been the support of a champion, whether a College tutor, a child, partner, sibling, or friend. These films serve as a celebration of the achievements of the students and their champions, and were launched at the Trinity Access Programmes 20th anniversary celebrations.

Trinity Women's Review

The goal of the Trinity Women’s Review is to showcase outstanding essays written solely by self-identifying women dealing with subject matter surrounding women’s issues or gender in new and interesting ways that are both academically excellent and stimulating to read; it provides women in Trinity with a platform for their voices, opinions and research. . The review publishes essays from a broad range of disciplines including Science, Arts, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Midwifery etc.

Women Should be Both Seen and Heard

Women Should Be Both Seen and Heard seminar series, run by postgraduate students and research staff, is targeted towards women, nonbinary/genderfluid individuals, and members of under-represented groups working in research and academia. The series aims to provide a platform for those individuals to learn, network, communicate and promote their research.

Your Best Media Self

You Best Media Self workshop was a 1-day event held in the Science Gallery, during which women* and other underrepresented researchers learned how to succeed in developing an online/on air presence for themselves and their work. This project was run by a group of students to address the under-representation of women on air and online.

2016/17 Projects


Friday 6 October 2017 in Players' Theatre:

"The Trinity LGBT Staff Network present a mind-bending evening of queer performance hosted by Stefan Fae of Spicebag fame with Lady K!

This will be a fun evening of song, conversation, and interaction (with a drinks reception) which asks the question - what does it mean to be LGBTQ in 2017."

Led by Trinity LGBT Staff Network

Celebrating Urdu Poetry in Music

Featuring musical performances and interviews with the performers, the aim of this event was to "revive the dying classical art of soulful poetry through music - the one medium which transcends the division of gender, age, race and ethnicity, working in uniting us into a single fold of humanity. Weaving verses in Urdu, Punjabi and Persian, these poets discuss themes of love, spirituality and identity—all of which are equally relevant today".

Led by Marium Kamal (student).


A series of workshops for aspiring female comedians culminating in a live performance during Trinity Arts Festival, to combat the under-representation of women in comedy and smash the odious stereotype that "girls aren't funny".

Led by Trinity Arts Festival and the DU Comedy Society.

I Can Now Go out and Smell the Flowers

"This short movie uses dementia friendly garden design as a platform: to highlight issues around ageing and dementia as a disability, to demonstrate how design can support health and wellbeing for older people, and finally to showcase the research being carried out in TCD in relation to ageing and dementia."

(Movie coming to this webpage soon!)

Led by Prof. Tom Grey (staff member).

Learning to Build New Lives

This project brought together members of the Trinity community with people living in Direct Provision and people who have recently acquired refugee status in Ireland. Four meetings took place, during which educational challenges and hopes were shared by those who have sought refuge, and a set of recommendations for Trinity's response to the crisis of refuge were developed. The report was launched by the Vice-Provost / Chief Academic Officer on 28 September 2017.

Led by Prof Fintan Sheerin (staff member).

Ongoing Support for Students with Addiction

A "specialised support service to students who need specialised input to their care around harm reduction, self care and promoting positive alternatives to dependency. The impact is on reducing isolation/futility feelings and certainly contributed to some of the students who attended being able to continue in college".

Led by the Student Counselling Service.

Peers without Pressure

"Peers without pressure is an anonymous FitBit Challenge that allows people with mental health issues attending the Health and Counselling Services to gain the benefits of social support to be physically active without having to engage face to face with others. Social support is an effective way to promote physical activity, in particular amongst those with low rates of physical activity but people who experience social anxiety are unable to gain the benefit of social support because they don’t feel they can join a traditional group. Through Peers Without Pressure, students/staff who sign up for the challenge can join a virtual group anonymously and exercise with others without having to meet them."

Led by the College Health Service.

Releasing Potential 2017

An information day "to draw attention to the huge depth of educational potential among young people in care while highlighting the great range of educational/training options open to young people in care after they leave second level school e.g. apprenticeships/PLC courses/University courses."

Sex and Money

A seminar to enable Trinity post-grads to competently and confidently complete the "gender dimension" aspect of national research funding requirements and to prepare them for potential EU Horizon 2020 (H2020) applications.

Led by the Graduate Students’ Union in conjunction with the Trinity Gender Research Forum.

Student Parent Fit Kids

A scheme providing fully-funded places for children of students on the Sports Centre's mid-term children's camp, allowing the student parents to continue their studies for the week of the Spring school mid-term without incurring extra childminding costs or missing classes.

Led by the Students' Union Student Parents Officer (Carly Bailey).

"Trinity for All" Soccer Tournament

A three-day soccer tournament for students from disadvantaged schools in the Trinity area, culminating in a final on the cricket pitch and presentation with special guests including RTÉ presenter Richie Sadler and the Shamrock Rovers. "The overall aim of the tournament [was] to open the gates of Trinity to students from the DEIS community and give TCD staff and students an opportunity to engage with this community in a celebratory way."

Women who Wow

A pilot programme to support female entrepreneurs in Trinity, through a targeted communications campaign and mentoring programme with successful female entrepreneurs - addressing the under-representation of women in start-ups and "[giving] our current female students positive examples of peers who have been there and done it, as well as female role models to whom they can turn with questions and for advice."

Led by Launchbox (Alison Treacy).

2015/16 Projects

Addiction Recovery and Wellbeing Group

addiction recovery and wellbeing workshop and group information poster This project by the Students' Union and the Student Counselling Service supported students recovering from addiction as they reconstruct their lives in a student culture which often runs counter to their needs, and encouraged recovering students to engage productively in university life, through 12 weeks of group meetings facilitated by an external addiction counsellor.

Disability Accessible Research Archive Trinity (DARAT)

Through this project, Prof Edurne Garcia Iriarte of the School of Social Work and Social Policy and her team have created an accessible (online) archive of disability research conducted at Trinity, and have developed a sustainable maintenance strategy of the archive, so that researchers from all areas can continue contributing on a long-term basis. Presentation of each piece of research includes a short video, Irish Sign Language interpretation and a Plain English abstract.

Éigse Thuar Ceatha / Trinity Rainbow Celebration

Group of 9 at Trinity Rainbow Celebration including David Norris and Mícheál Ó Conghaile This bilingual event celebrated diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity in the cultures of Ireland, and intersectionality in Trinity. It was the first of a series of events in the development of the Trinity LGBT Staff Network. The event comprised a welcome reception featuring two keynote speakers, Senator David Norris and Irish-language author Mícheál Ó Conghaile, followed by an LGBT-inclusive céilí (or “géilí”). This project was jointly run by Oifig na Gaeilge, the nascent LGBT Staff Network, An Cumann Gaelach and QSoc.

Equality Champions Awards for Clubs and Societies

vice-provost and 2 students from S2S holding Equality Champions award certificate This brand new awards programme by the Dean of Students rewarded Trinity clubs and societies for promoting equality values and diverse participation in their membership, ethos and events. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were given to three winning societies, with small cash prizes and an award logo for each. Following the success of this pilot, the Equality Champions Awards for Clubs and Societies are to be managed long-term by the Equality Office.

Me Too Monologues

Me Too Monologues information poster This project, which was led by an individual student, used theatre to break through barriers and promote good mental health by acting out anonymously-submitted stories from the student population. The stories made the audience sit up and think “me too”, or opened their eyes to a new perspective. The Me Too Monologues ran for three nights during Mental Health Week.

Releasing Potential: Opening up Higher Education for Young People in Care

This project raised awareness of the educational potential, achievement and challenges of young people in care and care-experienced adults, by workshops leading to an interactive event between young people in care and key influencers in Trinity, as well as a publicity campaign aimed at the general public. The Releasing Potential project, run by Prof Robbie Gilligan of the School of Social Work and Social Policy, promoted Trinity as a potential academic destination for care leavers and linked to College Awareness Week.

Space to Breathe: Leading in Contested Spaces

Through this project, lead by the Methodist Chaplaincy, students from Trinity travelled with students from Northern Ireland to engage with Israeli and Palestinian students in Israel / Palestine on topics of violence, occupation and cultural differences. The group particularly explored questions of leadership - how can young adults learn to lead with confidence, creativity and compassion for difference in their peer groups, in contested spaces?

Trinity Privilege Walk

screenshot from Trinity Privilege Walk video: approx 30 people holding hands in a line in front square Based on Privilege Walks held across the world, this project by the Trinity Access Programmes saw a huge crowd of staff and students gathered in Front Square. Instructions relating to a wide range of equality topics were read out and participants either stepped back or stepped forward depending on a condition, e.g. “If you grew up with more than 50 books in your house, take a step forward”. The event was filmed and also covered by the Irish Times.

Trinity Returners Event

returners event informational poster This project developed by a postgraduate student and hosted by the Innovation Academy sought to combat the challenges and marginalisation that staff and students can face when returning to the workplace or study after an extended break. It comprised an awareness-raising event with guest speaker Julianne Miles, Director of Women Returners UK, and a practical workshop for returners from Trinity and the surrounding community. A video of the event highlights has also been produced.

Women Scholars at Risk Speaker Series

Trinity is a member of the Scholars at Risk (SAR) network. This series organised by Prof Roja Fazaeli of the Dept of Near and Middle Eastern Studies and a student member of Trinity's SAR committee raised awareness of attacks on scholars and academic freedom, featuring 4 female scholars who have been at risk. The event helped scholars re-establish their professional relationships, and introduced the Trinity community to inspiring and courageous individuals.

Video Showcase of Inclusive Learning at Trinity

screenshot from inclusive learning video: young woman holding poster saying "what did you learn in stem?" In this project, organised by Prof Joseph Roche of the School of Education, students of the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities worked together to produce a high-quality video showcasing their experience of studying science and technology at Trinity. The video is informative for prospective students with intellectual disability, promotes the inclusive nature of Trinity life and gives a public voice to a group of students rarely heard.

Visiting Dinner with Trinity VDP

view of dining hall at night from middle of front squareThe Visiting Dinner held by Trinity VDP (Vincent de Paul) was a social evening for the elderly population of South Inner City Dublin. It bridged the gap between the generations and engage with Trinity’s local community, through a meal in the Dining Hall with entertainment and gifts for guests.