EDI Committee

Welcome to the School’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee webpage.

UCD prides itself on being Ireland’s Global University.  As a global university, we have a responsibility to foster diversity and inclusion so that UCD is experienced as a welcome and supportive environment for all students and staff.  Our School has an active and dynamic EDI Committee that aims to promote an inclusive and diverse work and study environment for all.

The SNMHS Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee aims to create a more inclusive environment in our School, by:

  • developing an understanding of inequalities experienced in our school, including but not limited to, those covered by the 10 equality grounds of the university: Age, Civil status, Disability, Family status including carer status, Gender (including gender identity), Traveller community membership, Ethnicity (race, skin colour, nationality or ethnic origin), Religion, Sexual orientation, and Socio-economic-status;
  • developing and promoting actions to address such inequalities by raising awareness, challenging discrimination and encouraging attitude and behaviour change towards a more inclusive culture.

The members of our committee are listed below and you can download our information flyer here.

We welcome ideas from students and staff and encourage anyone who is interested in being involved to contact us.

Please visit this page for information on our events and activities.

Professor Eilish McAuliffe

Associate Dean for EDI

EDI Committee Members

Chair: Professor Eilish McAuliffe










Dr. John Gilmore










Dr. Timmy Frawley










Dr. Suja Somanadhan










Ms. Anna Scully










Assoc. Professor Hasheem Mannan










Ms. Mirta Knezic










Dr. Denise O'Brien

EDI Student Committee Members

We require four student volunteers to join the EDI Committee for 2022. Our work is focused on creating an inclusive School culture where everyone is treated with respect, one where students and staff feel supported to express their identity without fear of bullying, harassment or other disrespectful behaviours.  We have established a very vibrant, dynamic EDI committee working on a broad range of issues.  We would very much like to have students contribute to the work of the committee. 

A Certificate of Recognition will be awarded to any student who serves as a member of this committee.  We currently have places for 4 students. The term is for one year and meetings are held every 4-6 weeks.

If you or any of your colleagues are interested in getting involved, please contact Prof. Eilish McAuliffe.  

Download our volunteer poster and spread the word.

UCD Dignity and Respect Resources

University College Dublin is committed to the promotion of an environment for work and study which upholds the dignity and respect of all members of the UCD community and which supports your right to study and/or work in an environment that is free of any form of bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment and sexual violence). A dedicated Dignity and Respect website has been established which provides a central hub to bring together information on the supports available if you are experiencing any of the issues mentioned.

EDI Events Calendar

To be confirmed.

International Women's Day 2022

Happy International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day 2022 with the theme of “Breaking the Bias”  we celebrate the achievements of women in our School through the thought-provoking interview series titled "Inspirational Women".

We also share some youtube clips of inspirational women that help deepen our understanding of Gender Bias and how the world around us shapes our unconscious biases.  Acknowledging and challenging our own biases is the first step towards Breaking the Bias. 

We encourage you to take a few minutes to listen to these women who help us reflect on the perpetuation of bias in our society and provide some guidance on the actions we can take to challenge and help eliminate bias so that all women are afforded the opportunity to shape a more equal and just society.

Professor Shelley Correll, professor of sociology and organisational behaviour at Stanford University, where she directs the Stanford VMware Women's Leadership Innovation Lab, speaks about the stalled Gender Revolution and how workplaces need to change to advance gender equality.


Angela Davies, the American political activist, philosopher, academic, scholar, and author, reframes the concept of the “glass ceiling”


Dr Mary Robinson, such a fantastic role model for women leaders, talks about the nature and importance of the style of leadership that women bring


The talented Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, who recited her powerful poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration, here recites “We Rise” – an eloquent tribute to the power of women.