Gender Identity and Expression Policy


Gender identity and expression is a positive, core part, of being human and experiencing wellbeing and fulfilment. UCD celebrates its diverse community of employees and students and their diverse gender identities and expression. Fundamental equality and inclusion in UCD’s community is central to our University’s ethos of academic excellence and integrity and our aspiration to be leaders in our society.

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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
  • Dr Conor Buggy
  • Associate Professor Barbara Dooley
  • Marcellina Fogarty
  • Catherine McDonnell
  • Paula McGarry
  • Andy Myler
  • Róisín Ní Mhara 
  • Aisling O'Grady
  • Dominic O'Keeffe
  • Professor Colin Scott
  • Judy Walsh

Celebrate with UCD

UCD's Equality Diversity and Inclusion Group in partnership with the Student LGBTQ+ Society presented a momentous event for International LGBTI History Month in February 2018.

  • Dr Catherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, officially launched UCD's Gender Identity and Expression Policy;
  • The Foy-Zappone Award was presented to Tonie Walsh – Curator of the National LGBT “Queer” Archive.
  • 30th Birthday of the UCD Student LGBTQ+ Society and the 1st Birthday of the UCD LGBTI Staff Network.

View photos of the event.

UCD Gender Identity and Expression Policy wins CIPD Diversity and Inclusion Award

In February 2019, UCD's new Gender Identity and Expression Policy was the CIPD Diversity and Inclusion winner at the 2019 CIPD HR Awards. 

EDI Representatives receiving the CIPD Award

The development of UCD’s Gender Identity and Expression policy was a radical initiative that led to cultural transformation within UCD and impacts over 40,000 students, employees and visitors. As part of an innovative approach to policy development there was University-wide consultation and training of front-line staff, all contributing to embedding outcomes to support gender identity and expression. 

The judges were impressed with the thoughtful design and implementation, the co-creation and inclusive approach with students and staff and then the influencing of significant structural changes to buildings. This initiative redefined the boundaries of the HR role and demonstrated how HR built a strong voice that delivered impact and scale.


For anyone experiencing issues in relation to thier 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.

  • Gender Identity - Family Support Line 01 907 3703. In operation every 2nd and 4th Friday from 6-9pm.


All single stall bathrooms across Campus are gender neutral. New signage to reflect this policy change will be implemented in 2018. See the UCD map for gender inclusive facilities.