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Implementation of the GEAP 2020 – 2024

Implementation of the GEAP 2020 – 2024

As of May 2022, UCD had completed 45% of the actions in the GEAP, with the remainder  either partially complete, underway or due to commence. Implementation will continue over the next year in parallel with the development of the institutional application. There are many highlights in terms of the implementation of the GEAP across a range of topics (Table 1). The impact of these activities will be measured in the EDI survey and analysis of the gender analytics data to ascertain if they are effective in enhancing gender equality in UCD. The EDI Survey report published in 2022 provides an interim indication as to the impact of actions that had completed at the time the survey was undertaken (May 2021).

GEAP Activities Undertaken

Inclusive Recruitment Practices

  • Inclusive Recruitment Guidelines for Hiring Managers
  • Search Committee Guidelines to support achievement of gender targets
  • Pilot of gender target setting during the Ad Astra rounds  Inclusive recruitment training bundle including unconscious bias awareness raising tailored for assessment panels
  • Review of job description template to incorporate EDI

Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI)

  • UCD successfully obtained funding for two Full Prof posts in each of the SALI’s held to date.
  • UCD committed to matching the second round of HEA funding i.e. a further two Full Prof posts.

Women’s Reproductive Health

  • UCD Breastfeeding Policy
  • Menopause Policy (first in the sector) and hosting of National Menopause Conference
  • Workshops around fertility treatment with a policy in progress
  • Period Poverty initiative with free period products

Data Enhancements

  • Development of Employee Self Service diversity screen (first in sector) to capture equality data for employees
  • Host of national EDI Data Conference leading to the establishment of an IUA EDI Data Group (first chair was UCD)
  • Development of Gender Pay Gap dashboard (first in sector) to enable reporting across all categories of employees and at College/School level over a five-year period
  • Publication of EDI Survey Report 2022 (completion rate targets achieved of 35%)

Faculty Development

  • Mentoring at UCD initiative is available with a stream specifically for Faculty who are preparing to submit an application
  • Faculty promotions session with Heads of School now includes Faculty development and the role of Head of School in faculty promotions
  • A specific faculty induction programme has been developed
  • P4G training for New Reviewers covers the topic of Promotion for faculty
  •  As part of the new Rise Programme, management/ career progression is included throughout

Faculty Promotions

  • Development of a set of FAQs to support applicants to capture EDI related information in their application e.g. family leave, leading on EDI initiatives
  • Availability of sample promotions applications
  • A UCD statement on the Responsible use of Research Metrics recognising that many factors may impact upon an individual’s research performance and/or research metrics and also reflecting the EDI Policy
  • Review of the Development Framework for Faculty to incorporate EDI across a range of aspects of the role of faculty
  • Real time reports are submitted to UMT on faculty promotions
  • GEAP targets were exceeded at all levels for the 2021 – 2022 academic year. Taking the cumulative figure for the five-year period 2017 – 2022, targets were also exceeded at all three levels

Race and Ethnicity

  • Publication of UCD Race & Ethnicity Report with recommendations by EDI Race and Ethnicity Working Group
  • Establishment of UCD EDI Anti-Racism group with aim of developing an anti-racism action plan

Dignity and Respect

  • New Bullying and Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policies
  •  Establishment of D&R Support Service
  • Establishment of D&R Oversight Group
  •  Enhanced Data Collection around disclosures
  •  Communications and Awareness Raising campaign
  • Leadership on a sectoral pilot in relation to an innovative Dignity & Respect Assessment Tool

School Level Awards

  • As of May 2023, UCD holds 24 Athena SWAN awards (includes one College with 6 Schools). This exceeds the University KPI set of 24 Schools by 2024. 65% of Schools are now accredited in UCD which covers 86% of employees working in UCD Schools and 81% of UCD students (as per numbers of employees and students in September 2022). The majority of remaining Schools have committed to applying or Athena SWAN and have engaged with the process.
  • UCD obtained its first silver award (Agriculture and Food Science) in April 2023 which is the first silver award nationally under the revised framework.
  • Launch of a Gender Equality and EDI Accelerator Fund to support Schools in the implementation of innovative actions in their gender equality action plans.

You can access the May 2022 GEAP interim progress report here:  GEAP Interim Progress Report_May 2022

The full GEAP 2020-2024 call be found here: GEAP 2020-2024

Contact UCD Equality Diversity and Inclusion

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