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Unconscious Bias Training

Unconscious bias is a term used to describe the associations that we hold which, despite being outside our conscious awareness, can have a significant influence on our attitudes and behaviour. Regardless of how fair-minded we believe ourselves to be, most people have some degree of unconscious bias.

This 3-minute video by the Royal Society explains it well.

For universities, the risk of our biases impacting on our key decision making processes, such as decisions affecting recruitment, assessment or provision of feedback to staff and students, can have an impact on the ability of those staff and students to achieve their full potential.

On this basis, provision of training in relation to unconscious bias has been a priority for Trinity in our gender equality action plans. This training has been provided to a number of senior decision-making groups (academic promotion committee Chairs, the Provost’s Executive Officers Group and others), with the training supplied by external training providers.