Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education

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The programme involves a blended approach to understanding EDI and human rights issues in HE.

The new Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education (EDI in HE) online programme is available on the Human Resources Staff Training and Development site. This programme will involve a blended approach to generating mainstream staff conversation and engagement with equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights issues in all our University.

The purpose of the EDI in HE eLearning programme is:  

  1. to raise awareness of how equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights issues permeate organisational culture, and
  2. to understand what third level education staff responsibilities are under Irish equality and human rights legislation.

Programme Content

The programme consists of 4 separate modules, details below, each of 30-45 minutes duration, which can be completed either as an entire programme, or as a series of modules allowing participants to build up their knowledge over time.

  • Module 1 is an introductory module, giving you a comprehensive overview of the importance and benefits of EDI and Human Rights and the legal landscape in which Higher Education Institutions operate.  
  • Module 2 covers Recruitment and Selection and is essential for any staff member involved in the selection process.
  • Module 3 looks at meeting the needs of diverse students and best practice tips on fostering equality in teaching and learning settings
  • Module 4 looks at putting policy into practice.

The programme has been developed by the Irish Universities Association Equality Network; Dublin City University, NUI Galway, Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick and the Royal College of Surgeons, with part funding provided by the HEA through the Athena SWAN Capacity Fund.

This online module can be accessed via the LearnUpon portal at the link below: