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A huge number of online training resources on equality matters are available online. For Trinity staff who wish to improve their understanding of this area from the convenience of their own desk, the following free resources are recommended:


The Living Equality and Diversity (LEAD) online training programme is an innovative learning resource developed by the Irish Universities Equality Network. LEAD aims to provide staff with an awareness of the key equality and diversity issues in a university context. By using this interactive and multimedia resource, staff will have the opportunity to consider and reflect on the part they play in building an inclusive culture across the university sector.

Get started on LEAD - the LEAD website is under review and will be relaunched soon. We will publish details when registration becomes available.

Graphic with text: "LEAD, Living Equality & Diversity, Irish Universities Network

Who is LEAD for?

All staff are invited to take LEAD training, as we all have a part to play in making Trinity a more equal and inclusive place. Staff with management responsibilities are particularly encouraged to take the training, and it is compulsory for all staff sitting on recruitment interview panels.

What topics are covered?

The LEAD Programme has five core modules:

  • Understanding Diversity;
  • What’s it got to do with you?; 
  • From Compliance to Commitment;
  • Recruitment & Selection; and
  • Dignity & Respect.

Each section contains:

  • video and multimedia stories and scenarios,
  • interactive games and quizzes, and
  • online instant assessments to offer participants feedback on their learning

There is also a final assessment module, accessible from the LEAD homepage. It is important that you pass this final assessment in order to be registered in the LEAD completers database - this is particularly important for staff who will be sitting on recruitment interview panels.

How long does it take?

One of the benefits of online training is that every learner can complete the programme at their own pace - you can save your progress and return at any point in the training. The average time for completing LEAD is an hour and a half.

What is the requirement for interview panellists?

Trinity is committed in its Equality Policy to compulsory LEAD training for all staff members on recruitment interview panels, in order to ensure a fair appointment process. HR and the Equality Office monitor compliance with this requirement. If you have previously completed the LEAD programme but have been advised that you are not appearing in the database of LEAD completers, it is likely that you have completed the five training modules but not the final assessment - simply log in to LEAD again and click on the green button highlighted below:

Screenshot of LEAD home screen with arrow indicating where the Assessment link is

Who are the Irish Universities Equality Network?

Under the auspices of the Irish Universities Association, the Irish Universities Equality Network was established to:

  • work collaboratively to share best practice,
  • develop institutional competence, and
  • promote an inclusive University environment free from discrimination.

The member institutions are the seven universities, i.e. TCD, UCD, NUIG, UL, DCU, UCC and NUIM. The network meet 4 times annually under a rotating Chairship. Meeting minutes are available on request.

Minister Fergus O'Dowd with IUA officials and Equality Network Members at LEAD launch event

LEAD was launched in March 2012 by Minister Fergus O’Dowd, and the programme was awarded Outstanding Achievement in the category of Most Innovative Use of Technology at the IITD National Training Awards 2012.