Since its foundation, the University has made a unique contribution to the creation of modern Ireland, based on successful engagement with Irish society on every level and across every sphere of activity.
The international standing of UCD has grown in recent years; it is currently ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. UCD is also Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 30,000 students drawn from over 139 countries, including almost 5,000 students based at locations outside of Ireland. UCD is committed to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly regardless of gender, age, race, disability, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, civil status, family status, or membership of the travelling community.
The University recognises the challenges it faces and has a genuine commitment to equality of opportunity for our staff and students, and to promote and maintain an inclusive work and study environment where there is mutual respect and dignity.
It is fully committed to both meeting and exceeding our obligations under current legislation by doing more than what is required by law. The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion unit plays a key role in ensuring the promotion and mainstreaming of equality, diversity and inclusion throughout UCD. It drives key equality and diversity initiatives and also works with colleagues within and outside of HR on the implementation of the UMT Equality, Diversity and Inclusion work plan.
The unit provides support and advice in dealing with equality and diversity matters, participates on appropriate University groups and develops strategies which support the identification and implementation of best practice policies and procedures in the University.