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Gender at UCD

Page Updated: 13th July 2023

UCD is committed to supporting gender diversity, equality and inclusion in the University. For more information on how UCD is making strides in gender equality and how you can support UCD in contributing to positive change for everyone, continue reading below and visit our Athena SWAN section. The Gender Equality Action Group (GEAG) co -chaired by Professor Colin Scott and Professor Emma Sokell oversees the implementation of the Gender Equality Action Plan and also acts as the Steering Group for University Athena SWAN applications. It also encourages and supports Schools across all disciplines to apply for Athena SWAN awards and carry out a mock assessment role for School applications prior to submission. This group has a broader remit in terms of addressing gender-related issues and promoting gender equality that may fall outside the scope of Athena SWAN. Any queries or comments in relation to gender equality can be sent to (opens in a new window)edi@ucd.ie and will be considered by the Gender Equality Action Group.


Title and Name  College/School/Unit Job Title GEAG Role
Professor Colin Scott Office of the Registrar and Deputy President Registrar and Deputy President Co-Chair of GEAG
Professor Emma Sokell School of Physics Head of School Co-Chair of GEAG
Marcellina Fogarty EDI Unit Senior EDI Manager PMS Representative & EDI Support
Dr Sara Benedi Lahuerta  School of Law Lecturer/Assistant Professor Academic Representative
Dr Ieva Zumbyte School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Researcher Research Representative
Dr Syed Hasan School of Mathematics and Statistics Researcher Research Representative
Professor Kath Browne School of Geography Full Professor Academic Representative
Rory Carey HR - Culture & Engagement Director - Culture & Engagement including EDI function PMS Representative 
Dr Paula Carroll School of Business Associate Professor Academic Representative
Tom Costelloe EDI Unit Equality Diversity and Inclusion Project Officer (Data) PMS Representative & EDI Support
Michael Donohue School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Senior Technical Officer Technical Representative
Dr Jennifer Doyle Access and Lifelong Learning Centre Operations Manager ALL Representative
Ruth Harrison Registry Director of Student Registration, Fees and Data Operations PMS Representative
Professor Simon Kelly School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Professor Academic Representative
Professor Jason Last Office of the Registrar and Deputy President Dean Of Students Academic Representative
Jill Nelis Student Union Student Union (SU) Welfare Officer Student Representative
Dr Meriel McClatchie School of Archaeology Associate Professor Academic Representative
Dr Catherine Mooney School of Computer Science Associate Professor Academic Representative 
Eimear O'Reilly EDI Unit Equality Diversity and Inclusion Project Officer PMS Representative & EDI Support
Mark Simpson HR - Culture and Engagement Senior Manager, Engagement and Internal Communications PMS Representative
Dr Veronica Sofianos School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering Lecturer/Assistant Professor (Ad Astra Fellow) Academic Representative
Dr Saoirse Tracy School of Agriculture and Food Science Lecturer/Assistant Professor Academic Representative
Lisa Bennet Institutional Research Senior Institutional Research Analyst PMS Representative
Dina Said Registry - Assessment Examination Operations Manager PMS Representative
Marc Matouc Student Union Graduate Officer Student Representative
Christopher Musgrave Research Administration - Proposal Support Research Projects Officer Research Representative
Joanna O'Keeffe EDI Unit Senior Executive Assistant Secretary to the GEAG & EDI Support 

*PMS = Professional, Managerial & Support

Athena SWAN at UCD

University College Dublin has received its second Athena SWAN Bronze institutional award in recognition of the university’s work towards gender equality. To achieve this accreditation, an institution must demonstrate that it has undertaken a thorough self-assessment of gender equality challenges and has developed a detailed action plan to tackle them.  The UCD Gender Equality Action Plan 2020-2024 was prepared by the Gender Equality Action Group and its Working Groups, in a process that involved external benchmarking, an EDI employee survey, focus groups and consultation across the university.  It includes actions relating to recruitment, promotions, leadership, work practices, organisation and culture.  The implementation of the Plan is already underway, and includes mechanisms to track progress on each of the actions.  It will be updated to include the actions that arise from the review currently underway of the university’s policy and procedures on Dignity and Respect.

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Contact UCD Equality Diversity and Inclusion

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