UCD College of Engineering & Architecture Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality Diversity & Inclusion

UCD established the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group (EDI) in 2015 with the objective of embedding these principles into all aspects of university decision making, policy, and strategy development to promote an inclusive and diverse work and study environment for all. The College of Engineering & Architecture has supported this work through its participation on the EDI Group and its subcommittees since 2015 and is committed to creating an environment where everyone is treated fairly regardless of gender, age, race, disability, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, civil status, family status, or membership of the travelling community.

Athena Swan

The Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Committee, formed to evaluate gender-bias within our community of staff and students, has completed their review and submitted their report to the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) on April 30th, in addition to sharing it with the College Principal and the six Heads of School. Our action plan includes 70 actions, which will be implemented over the next 3-4 years, and are intended to achieve better gender balance in our academic cohort, increase the number of women we are attracting into the various fields of engineering, and increase the visibility of women particularly in leadership roles across the six schools and the college. We will be notified as to whether we have received an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in November 2019, but will be implementing the action plan with immediate effect.

The surveys that both staff and students participated in yielded considerable insights into the day-to-day culture of our community. The level of participation across the six schools and the College office was broadly equivalent with a very strong response rate from undergraduate students (72%), professional and technical staff (70%), and academic staff (62%). We hope to achieve more participation from postgraduate research students, postdoctoral researchers and teaching-only staff in our next survey in 2022.

Your participation on the survey critically informed the work of the Athena SWAN committee. The promotion of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion concerns all of us and is the responsibility of all members of our community, in order to create a safe and welcoming environment where everyone can contribute and reach their full potential.

Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Shotton
Vice Principal, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Chair, Athena Swan


If you have concerns or have experienced harassment on any of these grounds, there are resources available to help. Students are advised to contact our College Student Advisor, Aisling Murray at 086 382 5746 or the UCD Student Counselling Service on (01) 7163134. Staff and students can avail of the Dignity & Respect Policy (http://www.ucd.ie/equality/support/dignityrespect/) which outlines the informal and formal routes to address any issues. There is also a Dignity & Respect Panel, whose members can provide non-directive and non-judgemental support and information to employees and students experiencing harassment on a strictly confidential basis. They will provide information on the range of informal options and supports available and also explain the formal procedures.

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College & Programme Office (1st year Engineering): Sue Philpott
Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy: Dr Samantha Martin-McAuliffe
Electrical & Electronic Engineering: Dr Giacomo Severini
Mechanical & Materials Engineering: Prof Lizbeth Goodman
Civil Engineering: Ms Beini Chen
Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering: Dr Eoin Syron
Biosystems & Food Engineering: Dr Fionnuala Murphy