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 Purpose and Function of the EDI Committee

The School Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee (EDIC) is responsible for promoting and supporting EDI practices within the School, focusing on the ten equality grounds set out by the University: Age, Civil status, Disability, Family status (including career status), Gender, Traveller community membership, Ethnicity (race, skin colour, nationality or ethnic origin), Religion, Sexual orientation, and socio-economic-status. The EDIC is chaired by the School’s Chair of EDI and comprised of members who take responsibility for specific aspects of EDI. The EDIC will advise on the activities, systems and supports necessary to foster an inclusive culture within the School.

Terms of Reference
  1. Foster a sense of community within the School and promote an inclusive culture
  2. Initiate, develop and support the School’s EDI initiatives for staff and students
  3. Celebrating successes of EDI initiatives
  4. Oversee the implementation and progress of the School’s Athena Swan (AS) Bronze Action Plan
  5. Report on the progress of the Action Plan to the College EDI Committee
  6. Review and evaluate the effectiveness of the School’s EDI initiatives using qualitative and quantitative data
  7. Prepare the renewal of the AS bronze award or application for the Silver Award
  8. Report to the School’s Executive Committee (through the Chair)
Current membership of the EDIC
  • Dr Elaine O’Reilly (Chair)
  • Dr Marianne Bore Haarr (Chemistry representative)
  • Prof James Sullivan (HoS)
  • Dr Tom Hooper
  • Dr Marina Rubini
  • Dr Patricia Fleming
  • Dr Jimmy Muldoon
  • Dr Julia Bruno
  • Rosa Fernandez Pison
  • Francesca Adami
  • Celine Erkey
  • Ioanna Bampouri
  • Parth Naik
Composition

While we aim for gender balance, the committee is largely made up of members who have expressed a keen interest in joining.

The recommended term of office for EDIC members is 3 years, after which time, the committee make-up should be reviewed. Postgraduate membership is likely to be reviewed more frequently.

EDIC meetings are open to all academic, technical, and administrative staff in the School who wish to attend, and meetings minutes will be deposited on the EDI website.

Group Support

The EDIC receives administrative support from the School.

Conduct of Business

The EDIC shall meet at least 3 times a year (once per term) and extra meetings can be held as required).
The meetings shall be convened by the Chair, or Chemistry Representative, with a minimum of seven days’ notice of a meeting, where possible.

Reporting Responsibility

The Chair of the EDIC shall report to the HoS and the School Executive Board on EDIC matters.
The Chair shall represent the College at the UCD EDIB chaired by the Vice Principal for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (VPEDI).

 The Staff and Students at the UCD School of Chemistry are delighted with our recent (Oct 2021) Athena SWAN Bronze award which recognizes the School’s commitment to advancing Gender Equality. Within our associated Gender Equality Action Plan the School commits to provide a work environment in which all staff and students can thrive.

 Members of the School's Athena SWAN self-assessment team, from left, Pat Guiry, Marina Rubini, Mike Casey, Elaine O'Reilly, James Sullivan (with the award),Betul Hekimoglu, Jimmy Muldoon and Kristy Stanley, October 2021. 

 EDI Com Resized

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Employee Assistance Programme                                  Mediation Services
 
Report and Support tool                                                  LGBTI Supports
 
Mental Health and Wellbeing                                          Disability support
 
 

The first EDI Symposium titled ``Not just the 8th of March``will take place on the 23rd of May from 11am to 1pm in the UCD Cinema at UCD Student Centre. This is the first EDI symposium of a series titled ``Behind the position``.

EDI Poster

You can register for free at the following link or through the QR code printed on the posters. Please note registration will be closed by 18th of May at noon, so we can order refreshments. 

Click here to register

Speakers:

  1. Silvia Giordani:Full Professor Chair of Nanomaterials and Head of School of Chemical Sciences at Dublin City University.
  2. Elaine O’Reilly: Associate Professor of Chemical Biology in the School of Chemistry at University College of Dublin.
  1. Jimmy Muldoon:Senior Technical Officer School of Chemistry at University College of Dublin.
  2. Cristina Trujillo:Research Fellow in Computational Organic Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin.
  1. Sarah Hayes:Chief Operating Officer of SSPC, The SFI Centre for Pharmaceuticals University of Limerick
  2. Constantina Papatriantafyllopoulou:Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at National University of Galway.
  1. Claire McDonnell:Assistant Heads of the School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences at Technological University Dublin
  2. Gita Singh:Post-Doctoral Research Fellow  in  Material Chemistry and Energy Storage Systems at University College of Dublin.

Prior to the event a full agenda will be shared.

UCD EDI news and events

SALI position – The school is looking forward to filling a recently advertised Full Professor position funded through the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI). The position is in Materials Chemistry and the successful appointee will contribute to gender balance at senior academic levels in the School. Click here for more details.

STEM Researchers of Black/African Descent in Ireland Mission Statement

Many people of Black/African descent living in the western world face challenges that arise from physical and cultural differences. This is particularly the case in Ireland, where the Black/African population is below 2%. As a minority ethnic group, some of the many challenges we face are misrepresentation caused by racial prejudice and underrepresentation in important positions in our society. These issues could set a limit on the goals and aspirations of bright young Black/African students. Also, it is well known now that a diverse environment with different cultures and lived experiences leads to innovation and a better capacity to adapt to a changing world. This calls for action and a conversation to be had which will solidify the importance of embracing diversity for a more just and thriving society where people of colour are viewed as equal and integral parts of our society. In the STEM field, people of Black/African descent are significantly under-represented. This is particularly true in research and academia. There is a lack of and in some cases absence of Black/African principal investigators, Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and academic staff in a lot of Irish universities. Our mission is to highlight the amazing work done by Black/African scientific researchers in institutions across the country. This will not only create a platform for researchers to connect and learn from their peers but will encourage young Black/African students to pursue careers in science and place no limits on their aspirations. Click the link below for more details.

Virtual conference for STEM researchers of Black/African descent in Ireland

We will be hosting a Menopause webinar on March 8th, for International Women's Day.

'The only definites in life are death, taxes ... and menopause! This educational webinar breaks down the taboo surrounding menopause and demonstrates how menopause is a societal, healthcare, workplace and economic issue. Join us for a presentation and Q&A with Loretta Dignam, Founder of The Menopause Hub'
#IWD2022 #

Click here for more details

Neurodiversity Celebration Week Schedule

IUPAC Global Breakfast

March 21, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (https://www.un.org/en/observances/end-racism-day)

May 17 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2022

May 21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2022

We are excited to announce that registration to attend the STEMBA Ireland Conference 2022 is now live. We have some great research talks and outstanding guest speakers in store. We hope that this event will highlight the amazing work done by researchers of Black/African descent in Ireland and serve as an opportunity to connect people from various STEM disciplines.

The virtual event will be held over Zoom on the 15th of April from 09:30 am to 1:45 pm. You can register for free by following the Eventbrite link: STEM Researchers of Black/African Descent in Ireland Conference 2022 Tickets, Fri 15 Apr 2022 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

Registration will be closed on the 14th of April, so make sure to get your tickets.

The schedule and further details of the event are in the document linked here. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries with regards to joining the event.

Contact UCD School of Chemistry

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 7777 | E: chemistry@ucd.ie