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Men in EDI

Working Group on Engaging Men in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

This group will be focusing on engaging men across all equality grounds including gender equality. It will also support the recommendation in the HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions and feed into the national project. The Working Group will be responsible for identifying and implementing strategies and best practice with regards to engaging men in EDI with the intention of establishing a more long-term EDI sub-group of the University EDI group. This group will be represented on the University EDI sub-group.

Expressions of interest

Please email edi@ucd.ie if you are interested in joining the group.


To achieve an inclusive culture at UCD, a wide-ranging series of EDI initiatives have been put in place in the University. It is clear that more needs to be done to achieve gender equality and equality and inclusion more broadly. However, this can only be achieved through the engagement and involvement of all genders in the University. Statistics indicate that there is lower engagement levels by men than women in EDI activities such as training, committee membership, events and other activities.

In December 2022, a second HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions was published and one of the recommendations in this report stated that HEIs must build on actions already taken to continue to effect culture change in relation to gender equality issues and one of the key requirements to achieving this is through “the support and engagement of men in the process of change”.

A national project group across HEIs has been established focused on engaging men in gender equality and is funded under the HEA Gender Equality Enhancement Fund. This project is being led by UCD, MTU and NCAD.  This project will involve the development of a unique programme specifically for male engagement in HEIs based on an understanding of the barriers to male engagement so that the programme addresses the key issues specific to the sector as opposed to an “off the shelf” programme.

Contact UCD Equality Diversity and Inclusion

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