Gender Identity and Expression Policy


A University Management Team Working Group was established in September 2016 to draft a UCD Gender Identity Policy and supporting Guidelines.  In line with our University values, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse University environment where every individual is respected and valued. The purpose of this policy is to value and encourage all members of our University Community, irrespective of gender identity, to achieve their full potential and to respect and recognise diverse gender identities and gender expressions.

The members of this Working Group are as follows:

  • Rory Carey (Chair)
  • PJ Barron
  • Associate Professor Barbara Dooley
  • Paula McGarry
  • Aisling O'Grady
  • Dominic O'Keeffe
  • Professor Colin Scott
  • Judy Walsh
  • Róisín Ní Mhara  
  • Dr Conor Buggy
  • Andy Myler
  • Catherine McDonnell


The Working Group met on a number of occasions and, after reviewing best practice, consulted with the University Community on a draft Gender Identity and Expression Policy and Guidelines. The purpose of this consultation process was to enhance the draft policy documents and to advance understanding of gender identity.

The consultation process has now concluded and the Policy and Guidelines which will come into effect in autumn 2017 are detailed below.


For anyone experiencing issues in relation to gender identity, a number of supports are available for employees and students.

Supports are available to all employees, and their immediate family, through the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). The EAP is a confidential counselling and information service independent of UCD to assist all employees in dealing with personal issues that could pose a threat to our health, well-being, relationships or employment.

Student supports are available from the Student Advisors and the Student Counselling Service.  The Student Counselling service is a free and confidential service staffed by professionally qualified psychologists and counsellors which provides easily accessible support for students when personal issues arise that affect their happiness, well-being, capacity to cope, relationships or learning.