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Equality Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education (EDI in HE) eLearning programme 

Page Updated: 20th July 2022

The EDI in HE eLearning programme is an interactive tailored online resource that aims to provide UCD employees with an awareness of key equality and diversity topics in a University context, and will complement future EDI awareness raising programmes, events and initiatives. This interactive resource will enable employees to consider and reflect on the part they play in building an inclusive culture in UCD. 

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The EDI in HE Programme is a self-paced modular learning tool, which allows each participant flexibility in completing the course. The programme features an intuitive, easy to use navigation throughout five core content modules. Each section contains video and multimedia stories and scenarios, interactive quizzes and online instant assessments to offer participants valuable feedback on their learning.


The Programme consists of four modules, each of 30-45 minutes duration, which can be completed either as an entire programme, or as a series of modules allowing participants to build up their knowledge over time at their own pace.

  • Module 1 "Introduction to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion": an introductory module providing a comprehensive overview of the importance and benefits of EDI and Human Rights and the legal landscape in which HEIs operate. 
  • Module 2 "Recruitment and Selection": this module is essential for any employee involved in the selection process (preparing job descriptions, advertising, interviewing etc.)
  • Module 3 "Meeting the Needs of Diverse Students in Teaching and Learning Settings": this module looks at meeting the needs of diverse students and outlines best practice tips on fostering equality in teaching and learning settings (e.g. on the curriculum or whilst dealing with sensitive topics)
  • Module 4 "Putting Policy into Practice": this module provides advice on how to bring EDI to life and on how to do an equality impact assessment, with particular focus on the areas of event management, disability, dignity and respect, race equality and gender identity.  

Modules 1, 3 and 4 are each of 45 minutes' duration and contain interactive quizzes throughout to test your learning. Module 2 is a detailed standalone Module and will take 45 minutes to complete. Participants can save their progress and return at any time to complete the four modules. 

Who is EDI in HE eLearning aimed at?

The EDI in HE eLearning programme has been designed for use by all University employees - academic, technical, professional and administrative. All employees will benefit from Module 1. Module 2 is aimed particularly at those involved in the selection process, Module 3 is aimed at Faculty and Module 4 might be helpful especially for professional and administrative staff.

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About the IUA Equality Network

EDI in HE is the successor programme to the original LEAD (Living Equality and Diversity Programme) programme developed by the IUA Equality Network in 2012, and it represents a continuation of the blended approach to generating mainstream employee conversation and engagement with equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights issues in all our institutions.

The IUA is the representative body for Ireland's seven Universities. Under the auspices of the IUA, the Irish Universities Equality Network was established to work collaboratively to share best practice, develop institutional competence, develop intervarsity projects and co-operation, promote an inclusive University environment and prevent discrimination on all equality grounds.

The Programme has been funded by institutional contributions, with part funding provided by the HEA through the Athena SWAN Capacity Fund.

Contact UCD Equality Diversity and Inclusion

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
E: edi@ucd.ie