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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 Dr 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 edi@ucd.ie and will be considered by the Gender Equality Action Group.


  • Professor Colin Scott (Co - Chair) - Vice-President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Dr Emma Sokell (Co - Chair) - School of Physics - Science
  • Marcellina Fogarty - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, HR
  • Dr Sara Benedi Lahuerta - School of Law
  • Professor Kath Browne - School of Geography
  • Rory Carey - Culture and Engagement, HR
  • Dr Paula Carroll - School of Business
  • Tom Costelloe - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Michael Donohue - School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
  • Dr Jennifer Doyle - Access and Lifelong Learning
  • Ruth Harrison - School of Business
  • Dr Simon Kelly - School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Professor Jason Last - Office of Registrar
  • Míde Nic Fhionnlaoich - SU Welfare Officer
  • Dr Meriel McClatchie - School of Archaeology - Social Sciences & Law
  • Paula McGarry - China Joint Colleges
  • Dr Catherine Mooney - Computer Science
  • Dr Emma Nicholson - Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
  • Eimear O'Reilly - Equality Diversity and Inclusion
  • Mark Simpson - Culture and Engagement, HR
  • Dr Veronica Sofianos - Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Dr Saoirse Tracy - School of Agriculture & Food Sciences - Health & Agricultural Sciences
  • Lisa Bennett - Finance Office
  • Dina Said, UCD  - Registry
  • Joanna O'Keeffe (Secretary to the GEAG) - Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Unit, HR

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