The Town Hall is a platform for participation in the development of policies and initiatives at UCD. Listed below, you will find current (and recent) opportunities for participation in consultation processes across a number of areas. This is your chance to make your voice heard and get involved in the development of policies which affect everyone in the UCD community.

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As we develop our new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Strategy, we want to learn more from you about the challenges we face and how to address those. We have events taking place on 7 and 8 December 2017 and I would like to invite you to register your interest in participating at these.

The format of both days are as follows:

Thursday, 7 December '17 (12pm - 4pm)

Following the call for papers, we are delighted to announce that there will be a number of presentations from members of the University Community on an EDI related topic who have either carried out research, prepared academic papers, or have practical expertise of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and/or culture change.

A panel discussion will follow the presentations where you as members of the audience will be invited to participate.

This event will commence at 12.30pm (lunch available from 12pm) and will end at 4m.

Please click here to register your interest in attending on 7 December.

Friday, 8 December '17 (9am - 2pm)

There will be two parts to the event on 8 December as follows:

  1. Plenary Session to include a review of the session on 7 December, the launch of the EDI Annual Report 2016 – 17, and a presentation from key note speaker, Professor Dorothy Griffiths, Provost’s Envoy for Gender Equality, Imperial College London, Imperial College London.
  2. Consultation Session where all attendees will be invited to participate in a workshop to discuss the positive aspects of the draft EDI Policy and Strategy, enhancements that could be made, and the challenges of implementation. In preparation for this, I would ask you to review the draft document EDI Policy and Strategy prior to attending on 8 December so that you can fully participate on the day.

The event starts at 9am and conclues by 2pm (including lunch).

Please click here to register your interest in attending on 8 December (InfoHub login required)

Both days will be held in various locations in the Sutherland School of Law.

If you have any queries please contact edi@ucd.ie.

Review the draft documents

UCD has a very diverse student and employee population and the University is committed to supporting this diverse community by promoting an inclusive culture where everyone is respected and supported. As part of this commitment, the UCD Staff Disability Network in conjunction with the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group have organised a seminar to raise awareness around disabilities in the workplace; to learn about good practice in other organisations; and to share initiatives that are taking place in UCD. This seminar is entitled “Disability and Inclusion – Strategies that Work in Practice”, and is taking place on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 from 11.30am – 1.30pm in the Moot Court, Sutherland School of Law.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Colin Scott, VP for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Ms Leslee O’Loughlin, Group Human Resources Manager
    Republic of Ireland, Enterprise Rent-a-car
  • Ms Elaine Howley, Director of Policy & Advocacy, NCBI Services - Working for People with Sight Loss
  • Ms Marcellina Fogarty, UCD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager
  • Ms Tina Lowe, UCD Campus Accessibility Officer

To book a place at this event, please click here –places are limited so early booking is advised.


The University Management Team (UMT) established a Working Group late last year to review the University’s Dignity and Respect Policy and Procedure. We as a University are committed to providing an environment in which all members of our community should expect to be able to thrive and to be respected and valued for their unique perspectives and contributions so that they can achieve their fullest potential.

Moreover, the aim of the review is to reassert our commitment to the promotion of a culture for work and study which upholds the dignity and respect of the individual and which supports the individual’s right to study and/or work in an environment which is free from discrimination. This includes any form of bullying, sexual harassment or other forms of harassment.

The members of this Working Group are as follows:

  • Professor Colin Scott (Chair)
  • Professor Tom Bolger
  • Professor Joe Brady
  • Julian Bostridge
  • Rory Carey
  • Professor Barbara Dooley
  • Professor Dympna Devine
  • Dr Majella Fahy
  • Lynn Foster
  • Ruth Harrison
  • Sharon Bailey
  • Róisín Ní Mhara (SU)
  • Aisling O’Grady
  • Grace Connolly
  • Michael Flanagan


The consultation process has now been completed and the policies and guidelines emerging from the process will launch in autumn 2017

Expression of interest

UCD is seeking expressions of interest from members of the UCD community who are interested in joining an expanded Gender Action Group. Our aim is to broaden the breadth of experience and reach of the current steering group so that we may be better positioned to support the successful implementation of the UCD Gender Equality Action Plan and other gender initiatives,  individual school applications and our application for subsequent gender awards.

The call for expressions of interest closed on 9th June 2017 and submissions are now being reviewed.


A University Management Team Working Group was established in September 2016 to draft a UCD Gender Identity Policy and supporting Guidelines.  In line with our University values, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse University environment where every individual is respected and valued. The purpose of this policy is to value and encourage all members of our University Community, irrespective of gender identity, to achieve their full potential and to respect and recognise diverse gender identities and gender expressions.

The members of this Working Group are as follows:

  • Rory Carey (Chair)
  • PJ Barron
  • Associate Professor Barbara Dooley
  • Paula McGarry
  • Aisling O'Grady
  • Dominic O'Keeffe
  • Professor Colin Scott
  • Judy Walsh
  • Róisín Ní Mhara  
  • Dr Conor Buggy
  • Andy Myler
  • Catherine McDonnell

Consultation - (Now completed)

The Working Group met on a number of occasions and after reviewing best practice, is now in a position to consult with the University Community on a draft Gender Identity and Expression Policy and Guidelines. The purpose of this consultation process is to enhance the draft policy documents and to advance understanding of gender identity. We would therefore like to encourage you to participate in this consultation process as your opinion matters.


  • (@ucd.ie) click here to access the documents.

Students (@ucdconnect.ie)

For anyone who was unable to attend the workshop on the 7th of April but would still like to contribute on a confidential basis, comments can be submitted confidentially to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) manager by e-mail to edi@ucd.ie, phone on Ext 4947 or anonymously by post to Marcellina Fogarty, EDI Manager, Roebuck Offices, Belfield. Please note, the closing date for the consultation on the Gender Identity policy of Friday 21 April.Any queries in relation to the policy and guidelines or the consultation process can also be directed to these contact details.


For anyone experiencing issues in relation to gender identity, a number of supports are available for employees and students.

Supports are available to all employees, and their immediate family, through the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). The EAP is a confidential counselling and information service independent of UCD to assist all employees in dealing with personal issues that could pose a threat to our health, well-being, relationships or employment.

Student supports are available from the Student Advisors and the Student Counselling Service.  The Student Counselling service is a free and confidential service staffed by professionally qualified psychologists and counsellors which provides easily accessible support for students when personal issues arise that affect their happiness, well-being, capacity to cope, relationships or learning.



The Employee Engagement Network and supporting framework has been developed to encourage local engagement initiatives, coordinate these across the University and share best practice, ultimately enhancing UCD’s culture. The supporting framework facilitates the alignment of activity with University objectives. The aim is to develop a culture and environment where UCD will be better able to provide a supportive community for all colleagues and attract talented individuals to work across the University.

Get involved

If you have an employee engagement idea or initiative you would like to discuss please contact Mark Simpson, Culture & Engagement – UCD HR or any member of the Employee Engagement Network.

Are you making the most of the development opportunities, supports and benefits available to you as a UCD employee? No matter what stage you are at in your career, drop-in to O’Reilly Hall on Tuesday, 7 November 2017 for our inaugural UCD employee engagement event.

Employee Engagement Day promotional poster

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UCD’s Travel Plan 2016-2026 is key to achieving more sustainable commuting patterns to and from the University.  The plan commits to a reduction in car travel from 25% to 19% over its duration.   As part of this, UCD is currently reviewing the UCD Parking Management Policy & UCD Parking Rules and Regulations (see link). 

Once you've viewed the Car Parking and Commuting Management proposal you can submit comments on the form below.