Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Dignity & Respect Oversight Group

Background

The establishment of the EDI Dignity and Respect Oversight Group is one of the key recommendations of the Dignity and Respect Review Report which was approved by the UMT on 28 April 2021 and endorsed by the Governing Authority on 13 May 2021. The purpose of this group is to oversee the implementation of the Bullying and Harassment policy, Sexual Misconduct policy for students and employees and set of recommendations as per the Dignity and Respect Review Report which have now been translated into a Dignity and Respect implementation plan. It will be the responsibility of this group to monitor this cultural change, to embed it into the fabric of the University and to report on progress to the senior management and Governing Authority of the University.

The Dignity and Respect Oversight Group was established in October 2021. This group will provide oversight and guidance and enhance transparency around bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct. The membership of the group meets the gender balance requirement and is representative of categories of employees, students, areas and minority groups across UCD. There is also external representation from expert groups.

Sub-groups or Working Groups of the Dignity and Respect Oversight Group will be established over time to enable the group to undertake its work to include but not limited to: Data Monitoring and Environmental Assessment sub-group, Student sub-group and Employee sub-group.

The group will meet once every quarter or more frequently if required. Sub-groups may meet more frequently outside of the quarterly group meetings.

The Dignity and Respect Oversight Group will report to the EDI Group and UMT on a quarterly basis and annually to the Governing Authority. An annual report will be prepared and submitted annually to the EDI Group, UMT and GA.

Dignity and Respect Oversight Group - Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference for this group are available here: Dignity & Respect Oversight Group Terms of Reference

Further information

Learn more about Dignity & Respect in UCD on the  (opens new window)

Further information in relation to the Dignity and Respect Review report and recommendations can be found on 

Further information on the Dignity and Respect Oversight Group, including details of Memberhsip and Terms of Reference can be found below. 

Any queries can be directed to edi@ucd.ie.

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Name Role
Professor Aoife Ahern  Chair, UMT Member
Prof. Jason Last Dean of Students
Rory Carey Director, Culture & Engagement
Marcellina Fogarty Strategic EDI Manager
Lynn Foster SECCA Manager
Aisling O’Grady Head of Student Advisers
Molly Greenough Student Union Welfare Officer
Richard Butler Clubs and Societies Officer
Aishling Kennedy Dalton Estate Services Manager (Residents)
Prof Torres Sweeney Access and Lifelong Learning
Prof Torres Sweeney Vice-Principal for EDI Representative
Julian Bostridge Legal Representative
Dr Declan Fahie Academic Expert Representative
Mark Simpson Communications Project Lead
Denise Gallagher Training Project Lead
Paul Kavanagh
Employee/Ethnic Minority Representative
Sulagna Maitra School of Archaeology - Social Sciences & Law
Lorraine McHugh Employee and Disability Representative
Prof Emma Sokell Head of School Representative
Andy Myler Estate Services Representative
Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shuilleabháin Employee Representative
Ann Marie Gill Chairperson of DRCC
Jennifer McCarthy Flynn National Women’s Council
Catherine Tormey Senior Dignity & Respect Support Advisor
Ruth Harrison D&R Contact Persons Rep
Conor Buggy LGBTI Staff Network Representative
Conor O’Rourke Group Administrator

Term of Office

A number of members on this group are in an ex officio capacity due to their role and therefore will remain members of the group until they cease to be in that role. The term of office of other members will vary from 3-4 years in order to ensure a staggered turnover of membership and to help maintain consistency in the work of the group. Members may be appointed for a second term (maximum of two terms).

Ways of Working

Sub-groups of the Dignity and Respect Oversight Group will be established to enable the group to undertake its work to include but not limited to: Data Monitoring and Environmental Assessment sub-group, Student sub-group and Employee sub-group.

Frequency of Meetings

The group will meet once every quarter or more frequently if required. Sub-groups may meet more frequently outside of the quarterly group meetings.
Reporting

The Dignity and Respect Oversight Group will report to the EDI Group and UMT on a quarterly basis and annually to the Governing Authority. An annual report will be prepared and submitted annually to the EDI Group, UMT and GA.

Support

The meetings and work of the group will be supported by the EDI Unit.