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Community Events and Training

The School of Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Sciences Community of current staff and students are delighted to welcome everyone back to the 2022/2023 academic year. This section highlights some upcoming events in the area of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) but also related training that is available in UCD.

Upcoming Events

Staff Mentoring 2023

As we look ahead to 2023, we invite current staff in Veterinary Sciences to consider embarking on a Mentoring pathway to support your personal and professional development. There are a number of options available to all staff: www.ucd.ie/vetmed/about/athenaswan/mentoring/

For those new to Mentoring, UCD People and Organisation Development are hosting the following training sessions (via Zoom):

Faculty Career Mentoring - Briefing session | 08-Feb-23 | 12:00

Faculty Career Planning Session with Dr Hugh Kearns | 21-Feb-23 | 13:00

Making the Most of Mentoring - for MENTEES | 08-Mar-23 | 09:30

Making the Most of Mentoring - for MENTORS | 04-Apr-23 |09:30

Booking link here

For further information, please contact vetedias@ucd.ie 

Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2023

Friday, 24 March 2023, 9am -4pm: Sustaining Accessibility in Mathematics Event

Presented by Dr Anthony Cronin,  Mathematics Support Centre Manager: This event will showcase the latest evidence-based developments in Mathematics Accessibility in Higher Education including the themes of  Digital Accessibility using LaTeX, Addressing Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematical Resilience, The efficacy of text-to-speech technology in reducing barriers to inclusive reading for mathematics students in higher education.

Thursday, 30 March 2023, 12 - 3pm: To mark Neurodiversity Celebration Week, you are invited to an in-person event exploring creativity and neurodiversity and Making UCD Neurodiversity Friendly Campus Project led by UCD EDI Neurodiversity Working Group. A panel of neurodivergent speakers will share their own experiences of working in film making, comic book illustration and comedy as Gaeilge. Register via Eventbrite.  To find out more about UCD's Neurodiversity events, webinars and mini podcast series via the website.

Celebrating LGBTI+ History

Slant: ‘Tell all the truth but tell it slant’, 20 April, 10 - 11:30am

Join Professor Katherine O’Donnell, UCD for a reading of her latest novel Slant. Slant is a book about history set between 1980s New York and Ireland in 2015 during the historic referendum on marriage equality. Join UCD LGBTI Subgroup in collaboration with UCD Library for an in-person event to celebrate LGBTI+ History followed by refreshments.
Register via Eventbrite.

EDI Training

BeLonG To have developed a free online course on the following themes:

  • Terminology And Language
  • LGBTQ+ Mental Health
  • Managing Our Own Attitude And Bias
  • Gender And Young People: Non binary And Transgender Identities
  • Coming Out

 For more information and booking, check out: www.belongto.org

The UCD EDI unit organises regular EDI-related training, events and workshops. Some examples of regular themes:

  • ‘Being aware of our biases: Unconscious Bias Awareness’
  • ‘Maternity Matters - Return to Work’
  • ‘Paternity Matters: Balancing Family and Work’
  • ‘Managers Matter - Leading Modern Families’
  • 'Work allocation models'
  • 'Menopause Awareness session'

Check out the EDI training calendar here.

There is additional self-guided training on the LearnUpon platform, on themes of EDI in HE: information here

Dignity and Respect

The UCD Dignity & Respect team have developed training for Staff and Students on themes of bullying, harassment, sexual misconduct and being an active bystander. Check out their site here

Training for PostDocs

HR host regular training for PostDocs on themes of Research Skills and Career Development here

Follow the School's EDI/Athena SWAN Twitter account @UCDVetAthSWAN for the latest on news, events and training.

The full UCD Events calendar can be found here

Dean’s Inclusion Award 2022

The School of Veterinary Medicine Dean’s Inclusion Award is awarded on an annual basis to individual students, staff, faculty, clubs or teams that have demonstrated outstanding behaviours in the areas of EDI during the preceding college year. Staff and Students from the Veterinary Sciences Community were asked to nominate a 2022 awardee in October. The award will be presented at a lecture on Feburary 15th to a very deserving MVB student: find out more here

Universal Design

On February 1st 2023, UCD Access & Lifelong Learning along with UCD Registrar, Professor Barbara Dooley, will launch UCD’s Introduction to Universal Design training course. The completion of this module will help all staff to provide a more inclusive educational environment – for all. This is an important training programme which is part of UCD’s University for All initiative. So, make sure to mark the date in your diary now. They will also launch the new publication: 'Learning from UDL Leaders: UCD University for All Faculty Partners' Case Studies'. This publication features 26 case studies from our Faculty Partners across UCD, representing a rich body of knowledge, learning and advice on embedding Universal Design across a variety of disciplines and contexts.

UCD Staff Universal Design Lunch & Learn | UCD University Club | 1 February 1 - 2pm | book here

Neurodiversity friendly campus

Making UCD a neurodiversity friendly campus - have your say! All staff are invited to take part in this survey which seeks to identify knowledge, attitudes and experiences of neurodiversity within UCD. This survey takes 10 minutes to complete will be open until 30 January 2023.

UCD EDI along with Maynooth University, ADHD Ireland and others have launched a Neurodiversity Masterclass series. The next webinar in the series takes place on Thursday, 26 January with Sue Johnston Wilder, Associate Professor of mathematics education at the University of Warwick. Sue's session is titled, 'Maths Anxiety - A consequence of neurodiversity?' All welcome, book via Eventbrite

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022

The UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities aims to recognise and value the diversity of our global community, and to cherish the role we all play, regardless of our abilities. Celebrations take place annually on December 3rd

On December 2nd, EDI/Athena SWAN co-chairs Dr Cliona Skelly and Prof Stephen Gordon, will perform a walk-through of the Veterinary Sciences and Veterinary Hospital buildings to review accessibility routes. This mini-audit will help identify ongoing issues and recommendations can be made for future changes, and may form part of our Athena SWAN Silver Action Plan.

On December 15th, UCD EDI will also be hosting an online panel discussion and launching the UCD Policy on Employment of Persons with Disabilities. Join UCD EDI in conversation with thought leaders including: Cassandra Collins, Principal User Design Director, Microsoft; Sambhavi Chandrashekar, Global Accessibility Lead, D2L; Dara Ryder, CEO of AHEAD; Christina Seery, Adult ADHD App; and UCD experts who are leading on disability and neurodiversity inclusion change projects to support greater inclusion of employees and students in UCD.

Transforming Disability Inclusion at UCD | Launch of UCD Policy | 15 December 2 - 4pm | book here

International Men's Day

International Men’s Day is celebrated annually on November 19th. Its aim is to highlight the positive value men bring to the world, their families, and communities and to raise awareness of men’s wellbeing.

This year for International Men's Day the CHAS EDI committee invited everyone across the college to take part in a photo competition on the theme of Work/Life balance. Staff and students alike sent in photos of UCD Men (not) at Work

CHAS received an excellent array of photos from staff/student boxing to family readathons. Thank you to all in our Veterinary Sciences Community who entered the competition! Check them out here

EDI training and events for International Men’s Day:

Across the month, we also encourage our community to take part in related training and events.

These can be booked through the EDI Training and Events calendar: https://www.ucd.ie/equality/editraining/editrainingcalendar/

Men Looking After their Mental Wellbeing (webinar) | 18th November 11am - 12pm | Everyone welcome

Share & Support Session for Men | 21 November 11am - 11:45am

Executive Institute Masterclass with rugby player Gareth Thomas | 22 November 1- 2pm | booking link

Breathe: Yoga for Men | 22nd November 2pm - 3pm

Paternity Matters (webinar) | 23rd November 2pm - 4pm

UDL Training

This Oct-Dec, AHEAD and UCD Access & Lifelong Learning are teaming up again to jointly deliver a national roll out of the Digital Badge for Universal Design in Teaching and Learning – a 10-week, 25-hour introductory Universal Design for Learning (UDL) programme for HE and FET staff.

Places for this course are always in huge demand and can be booked at this link: www.eventbrite.ie/e/395876736977/?discount=UCD

For more information check out the attached letter from Dr Cliona Skelly, Co-chair of the Vet EDI/Athena SWAN Committee: Digital Badge for Universal Design in Teaching and Learning 2022

Annual Pride Event 2022

On June 3rd, the first in-person Pride event in 3 years was hosted by the Veterinary Sciences Community, supported by the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences. Staff and students from across the University were invited for cake, refreshments, and chats to the Veterinary Sciences Building. Prof. Michael Doherty addressed attendees, Dean’s Inclusion Award 2021 recipient Dr. Niamh Nestor kindly recounted her inspirational award speech and Vice-President for the UCD EDI unit, Prof. Colin Scott provided closing remarks and thoughts on the importance of these events.

Further information is available here.

UCD Neurodiversity Celebration Week 21 - 25 March 2022

Join Sienna Castellon, Founder of Neurodiversity Celebration Week, and special guests to reflect on, and celebrate neurodiversity in art and culture, architecture, business, education, and technology via webinars, blogs, a masterclass and a podcast. From neurodivergent artists and advocates to students, graduates, and employees, this week explores lived experiences and shares the latest best practice in Ireland and internationally.  

Explore UCD Neurodiversity Celebration Week here

Spread the word about UCD Neurodiversity Celebration Week webinars by retweeting: @UCD_EDI  #NeurodiversityCelebrationWeek

International Women’s Day - Tuesday 8 March 2022

International Women's Day 2022 is a worldwide event that takes place on 8 March each year: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

This year The School of Veterinary Medicine has chosen to focus on Microaggression as a theme for #BreakTheBias.

Through a survey circulated by email, we invited our staff and students to share examples of microaggressions experienced or witnessed in our community. A word-cloud will be created from collated responses and shared via social media campaign to raise awareness.

Further information is available here

UCD EDI Online Event - Monday 7 March 2022

The UCD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion unit, in conjunction with the UCD Equality Studies Centre and the UCD Sutherland School of Law, is delighted to invite you to "The Gender Pay Gap in Higher Education Institutions: Opportunities and Challenges from the Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021," an online event taking place on Monday 7 March 2022, 11.30am – 1.30pm.

Registration for the event is available at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/265882972127/

Further information is available here

Award Ceremony - Dean's Inclusion Award 2021

On the 21st of Feb 2022 we were finally able to present our 2021 Dean’s Inclusion Award to Dr. Niamh Nestor in our first VetEDIAS in-person event since the pandemic. The award was presented by Prof. Michael Doherty to Niamh for being a tireless and devoted advocate for our students and across the entire EDI area. In her acceptance speech Niamh spoke movingly of both the progress that has been made and the challenges that lie ahead and to ensure equality and inclusion for all.

"We can’t talk about equality and inclusion without talking about intersectionality – the notion that all oppression is linked.” Niamh Nestor

Further information is available here

Contact the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine

UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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