UCD CHAS recognises that creating an equal and diverse environment is essential for the wellbeing and benefit of all its community. It wishes to ensure that the College is a place where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and all members have a sense of belonging.
The College Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is concerned with driving equality, diversity and inclusion related initiatives throughout the College. The EDI Committee is chaired by the Vice Principal for EDI, Prof Torres Sweeney, and membership is made up of Associate Deans from the college’s five constituent Schools. In its Vision, Mission and Strategic Objectives document, the College highlights four key actions in its EDI remit.
- Promote an enviroment of inclusion and equality for all staff and students
- Foster faculty and staff development and progression
- Support the constituent Schools to develop and implement their EDI and Athena SWAN strategies
- Raise awareness of the UCD Bullying and Harassment policy, UCD Sexual Misconduct Policy, the UCD Dignity and Respect Support Service and the associated reporting tools to all staff and students in the College
Four of the college’s constituent Schools have been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze award. UCD School of Medicine, and UCD School of Veterinary Medicine achieved their bronze awards in 2019 and are eligible to apply for a silver award. In 2021 UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems and UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science also achieved the bronze award.
In 2023 UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science became the first school in UCD to achieve the Athena SWAN Silver award.
The Athena SWAN awards recognise the advancement of gender equality in higher education, and the receipt of these five bronze awards is testament to the work of faculty and staff across the college.