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Women in the Media

A fireside chat hosted by Professor Orla Feely

To celebrate International Women’s Day, UCD Equality, Diversity & Inclusion is hosting a fireside chat with a panel of national journalists and academic leaders. Join us to hear how women are shaping the media landscape, navigating the challenges of the industry, promoting their own expertise and advocating for gender equality.

To complement this event, UCD will hold a workshop in the afternoon led by Women on Air to support women at UCD learn how they can best engage with the media and share their professional expertise and research.

UCD was awarded an Athena SWAN institutional award for progressing careers for women and gender inclusion in 2017. UCD is now supporting eight Schools in 2018 to apply for an Athena SWAN award while also implementing its university gender equality action plan 2017-2020.

  • Date: 8th March
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm
  • Location: Fitzgerald Chamber, UCD Student Centre
  • Panel:
    • Róisín Duffy, News Editor, RTÉ, Chair of Women on Air
    • Katie Hannon, Political Correspondent, RTÉ News and Current Affairs
    • Emmeline Hill, Associate Professor of Equine Science, UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science
  • Host:
    • Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact

The UCD Community Choir will perform at the start of the event, so please arrive for 1.00pm sharp.

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Emmeline Hill

Emmeline Hill is Associate Professor of Equine Science at UCD and was the co-founder of Equinome Ltd. (acquired by Plusvital 2015), a UCD spin-out company founded in 2009. She leads a Science Foundation Ireland funded research programme in equine exercise genomics, the largest of its kind in the world.

Professor Hill is also Chief Science Officer for the equine science company Plusvital Ltd, a world leader in the development and provision of genetic tests for the international Thoroughbred horse racing and breeding industries. She has been at the forefront of Thoroughbred performance genomics during the last decade and has published more scientific papers on equine exercise genomics than any other researcher worldwide.

Emmeline has engaged extensively with the media in recent years to connect with stakeholders in the industry and make her research accessible. As well as contributions to TV, radio and print media, in 2013 she co-produced the short film Bloodline – The Search for Speed, which showcased her SFI-funded research at UCD.

Katie Hannon

Katie Hannon is Prime Time’s Political Correspondent, having previously been Political Correspondent of the Evening Herald and the Irish Examiner and Political Editor of the Irish Mail on Sunday. She is the author of ‘The Naked Politician’, an account of the reality of life in the trenches of Irish politics, published in 2004. Since joining Prime Time as a reporter in 2004 she has covered a wide variety of issues including major investigations into banking, failures in child protection, vaccine trials in children’s homes and the Garda whistleblower controversies. She has won the Irish Goods Council Young Journalist of the Year, the John Healy National Print Award as well as the ‘Story of the Year’ in the 2012 GSK Medical Media Awards and 2017 Justice Media Award for television news.

Róisín Duffy

Is a News Editor with RTÉ in Dublin. She’s been in Broadcasting as a presenter and IFTA nominated documentary maker with the BBC and RTÉ. She knows broadcasting from many angles. She is also a linguist and a former academic. Róisín is the Chair of Women on Air. She is passionate about getting more women’s voices on the airwaves. It is her belief that discussions feed into the national debate and form the first stage in the making of public policy. She has been instrumental in setting up Women On Air’s new media training programme which has facilitated an increasing number of significant female voices on the national and local airwaves.

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(Unless otherwise stated, events commence at 11am)

Arts & Humanities:


Bursar’s Office

Common Room, Finance Office

  • Belfield: The Contemplative Space at the Quinn School
  • Blackrock: Smurfit Lounge, Main restaurant Smurfit School Blackrock
Engineering & Architecture
  • Staff Common Room (Room 124, Eng & Mat Science Centre)
  • Foyer, Newstead Building
Health & Agricultural Sciences
  • Medicine, Nursing, Public Health - Kevin Barry Gallery, Charles Institute
  • Agriculture - Staff Common Room

Room 2.09, Roebuck Offices


Venue TBC

President’s Office

President’s Committee Room (Room 214 Tierney Building)

  • Groud Floor, Tierney Building
  • Venue 2 - TBC
  • Venue 3 - TBC

UCD Research Room, UCD Research


Atrium on 4th Floor, O’Brien Centre for Science (Zone 9)

Social Science & Law

Boardroom, D101, Newman Building

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Talks & Seminars (..and more) on the 8th of March

  • "Women in the Media", Fitzgerald Chamber, 1pm
    • See event details above
  • ‘Things We Shouldn’t Say’: School of English, 12pm, J208 Newman Building
    • The School of English, Drama, Film and Creative Writing invites you to Things We Shouldn’t Say, an event to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March. The world continues to tell us that stroppy women with unruly bodies should be seen and not heard. Several of our stroppiest writers fire back in this unique performance hour, showcasing their work on the School’s Creative Writing programmes. Speakers include Amy Gaffney (co-editor of the HCE Review), Siobhan McMahon (performance poet), Lauren MacKenzie (writer), Shayna Sappington (writer), Katy Hayes (writer and Creative Writing teaching fellow)
  • Veterinary School, Room 114, 1pm
    • To celebrate International Women’s Day, the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine are hosting a series of talks with a panel of female vets. Join us to hear their experiences since graduating from veterinary medicine.
  • Launch of 'Women@CompSci', Moore Auditorium, 5pm (invitation only)
    • The School of Computer Science invites you to the official launch of Women@CompSci on 8 March as we celebrate International Women's Day. Join us for fireside chats and discussion with guest speakers from industry and academia. Network with new and old friends at the reception afterwards on the fourth floor auditorium of the O'Brien Centre for Science. The event begins at 5pm in Moore Auditorium in Science East and we expect the reception to begin at 6pm.
  • 'Unconquered and unconquerable': UCD Archives, 10-4pm (runs until September)
    • 'Unconquered and unconquerable': women and the vote, 1910-1937. An exhibition of documents from the collections of UCD Archives. The exhibition will include accounts of Irish women standing for election, the campaign for equal suffrage in the Irish Free State and equal suffrage in the 1922 and 1937 constitutions.
  • 'Women's Suffrage, Women's rights': 2:30pm  in the Atrium, Old Student centre. The event will run for 1 hour and will include student speakers and a poetry slam from Lit Soc. Brought to you by UCD Students Union.
  • 'The Women of 1918: War, Revolution, Living': Taking place at 10am in the Dún Laoghaire Lexicon Library, Dún Laoghaire. Brought to you by the UCD Access & Lifelong Learning Centre.

Talks & Seminars on other dates
  • 21 Feb 2018
    • The Wright women:  Marion Mahony Griffin, Aline Barnsdall & Hille Rebay Kathleen James-Chakraborty (UCD), 1-2pm, Red Room, Architecture.
  • 28 Feb 2018
    • Imprint Women: Public Space - Psychogeography – Streetwalking  Silvia Loeffler (NCAD), 1-2pm, Red Room, Architecture.
  • 5 Mar 2018
    • Science Social Committee: Owner of the Irish family-run producer of smoked fish, The Burren Smokehouse, CEO,  Birgitta Hedin-Curtin will give an address, '29 years of a Journey as a Woman in Business'. There will be a Burren Smokehouse salmon and wine reception after her presentation. All welcome. (Mon 5th 1pm in B154A Science Centre West).
  • 6 Mar 2018
    • Swedish Ambassador Anna Brandt will give and engaging and enlightening talk on, 'Gender Equality in Sweden', which will be held in the George Moore Auditorium followed by a reception. (Tue 5th 1pm in the George Moore Science Centre).
  • 7 Mar 2018
    • Exhibiting Women: Lilly Reich and Margaret Brodie Kathleen James-Chakraborty (UCD), 1-2pm, Red Room, Architecture.
  • 28 Mar 2018
    • Mid-century Modernists on the Move: Lina Bo Bardi and Jane Drew Kathleen James-Chakraborty (UCD), 1-2pm, Red Room, Architecture.
  • 4 Apr 2018
    • Denise Scott Brown and Zaha Hadid: Kathleen James-Chakraborty (UCD), 1-2pm, Red Room, Architecture.
  • 11 Apr 2018
    • Architecture, Gender & the Dominant Culture: A conversation between Ruth Morrow (QUB) & Mark Price (UCD) , 1-2pm, Red Room, Architecture.

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Engaging Men in Gender Equality

This workshop, hosted by Professor Colin Scott (VP for EDI) and Marcellina Fogarty (EDI Manager) will involve the sharing of experiences and initiatives from Barry Temple, Director of Services Sales for Western Europe, Dell and Jonathan Rutherford, Head of Enterprise Marketing at Vodafone Ireland, both of whom attended the “Men Advocating Real Change” programme. This will be followed by some thought provoking activities and discussions in the area of gender equality and provides a great opportunity for men to engage with this topic and to help drive cultural change. The focus of this workshop is towards males but all employees are welcome to attend this event.

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Women on Air- Bringing Your Expertise to the Media

Join Women on Air for a workshop focused on developing your media skills and profiling your professional or academic expertise.

An astonishing gender imbalance was found on Irish airwaves, in spite of female presenters being some of the most popular programmes. When programmes are analysed in terms of how much content is male-led (as in, either wholly presented by men or a male presenter being the most dominant voice) the figures are shocking: Overall 84% of content is presented by men.

Women on Air is a community of like-minded women and men from the media who want to hear and see more women on the airwaves. Women on Air's events and conference provide female area experts with media contacts, practical broadcasting tips, inside information and personal contacts. Through the seminars and meetings women come to understand that their opinions are valid – and wanted – by radio researchers and producers. They also form networks of women who encourage and support them to get on radio or TV.

Learn from leading women in the media about how to prepare for interviews and showcase your expertise. This workshop is streamlined towards women but is open to all UCD employees.

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Contact UCD Equality Diversity and Inclusion

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