Trinity-INC Student Partner Programme

The Trinity-INC Student Partner Programme is a student-as-partner initiative involving Trinity students from all walks of life and communities which are commonly underrepresented and/or disadvantaged in Higher Education. These students form the Student Partner Committee which meets once a month, working with the Trinity-INC team to raise awareness of experiences of inclusion and exclusion within curricula at Trinity, and inform the direction of Trinity-INC project. Trinity-INC and our Student Partner Programme also collaborates with other student groups and student leadership, including the Trinity Students' Union. Read on to find out more and explore some of our Student Partner insights.

Trinity-INC Ongoing Student Consultations

Are you a Trinity Student? We would like to speak with you!

Trinity-INC is tasked with embedding the principles of inclusivity, equality and diversity into the curriculum, so that all students feel represented and engaged in their studies in Trinity. Our door is always open to listen to students' realities.

We want to hear from students in Trinity - undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD; part-time and full-time - from communities which can be underrepresented or face barriers in higher education. For example: race and ethnicity, including membership of the Traveller Community; LGBTQ+ and gender; disability, etc.; as well as more discipline-specific underrepresentation, such as in the case of gender in STEM and Nursing and Midwifery, for example, and those with additional responsibilities and/or challenges, e.g. student parents, socio-economic disadvantage. We understand diversity takes many forms and is often intersectional in nature. Furthermore, no student has to represent any community or communities - we meet students as they are, as holistic complex beings!

We're available on Zoom/Teams, and will work with you to arrange a time that suits. We're always here to answer any questions you may have also, including about joining the Trinity-INC Student Partner Committee - see more below! Get in touch with Seán Adderley, Trinity-INC Student Partner Liaison Officer, on

What being a Trinity-INC Student Partner means to me

Hear form three Trinity-INC Student Partners: Martina Smith, Micah Chisholm; and Athi Ralarala on what being a Trinity-INC Student Partner means to them.

Trinity-INC Student Partner Programme

Student Partner Committee

The Trinity-INC Student Partner Committee (SPC) involves students from the nine grounds of equality and other areas of underrepresentation in Higher Education. The aim of the SPC is to maintain regular interactions with the SPs to gather feedback and insights into their experiences within the teaching and learning environment in real time. 

The Student Partner Committee meets monthly to:

  • Provide updates on Trinity-INC activities.
  • Obtain feedback from Student Partners on their recent experiences in the teaching and learning environment.
  • Highlight opportunities for Student Partners to participate in or co-facilitate Trinity-INC events and activities; as well as wider College initiatives which may be of interest to the students.
  • Participate in training sessions or workshops on different topics related to equality, diversity, and inclusion (including, Universal Design for Learning, Social Model of Disability, Intersectionality, among others).

Flexibility is crucial to how we operate so participation is completely down to the student's availability - they can opt-in or out anytime. Students are also paid the living wage at an hourly rate for their involvement. Learn more about Trinity-INC Student Consultations below or get in touch with Seán Adderley, Trinity-INC Student Partner Liaison Officer, on

Origins and Development

During Trinity-INC's project development stage, it was determined that in order to achieve an inclusive curriculum in Trinity College Dublin, a whole-of-College approach was necessary. This meant working with teaching and support staff, College leadership, and equally importantly, students. 

We consulted with Trinity students from all walks of life and communities which can be commonly underrepresented and/or disadvantaged in Higher Education, from across the nine grounds of equality (gender, religion, LGBTQ+, membership of the Travelling Community, disability, student parents, etc.) and others, e.g. socio economic circumstances, caregiving responsibilities, homelessness, etc.

We identified that we needed to work with students on an ongoing basis, to learn their experiences in real-time. We identified that rather speak for students, we needed to allow them to speak for themselves, and be empowered to do so. We also acknowledged that students have busy lives, and so flexibility would be crucial to any involvement. And finally, that students should be paid for their involvement. 

Summer Student Partner Programme 2021

Over the summer of 2021, the Trinity-INC Summer Student Partner Programme involved 18 Trinity students from all walks of life and communities to came together with the shared aim of defining the Student Partner Programme. They took part in a series of workshops covering key terminology, concepts and theories regarding inclusivity within the curriculum and exploring their own experience of inclusion, and exclusion, within the teaching and learning experience in Trinity. This lead to the development of the first Trinity-INC Student Materials and a Showcase for staff in September 2021, which launched the Student Partner Committee.