Preparing for a technological university with equality, diversity and inclusion among its core values has been the focus of a working group made up of EDI (Equality Diversity and Inclusion) staff from both AIT and LIT.
With both institutes of technology now in receipt of the Athena Swan Bronze Award, work has already begun on meeting the equality targets set out by this initiative which aims to effect cultural and systemic change in higher education institutions.
The Technologies Universities Act 2018 also requires the attainment of gender balance and equality of opportunity to be promoted among the students and staff of the TU. In addition, the Act places an obligation on a technological university to perform its functions respecting the diversity of values, beliefs and traditions in Irish society.
Accordingly, the new TU is committed to meeting its obligations under the TU Act and also to be proactive in promoting equality in the spirit of this Act.
“We envisage a TU that will be a leader in promoting and advancing equality, diversity and inclusion, and in doing so, will be a driver of cultural and societal change regionally and nationally."
John McKenna, VP Equality & Diversity, AIT
Carol Wrenn, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at LIT, explained, “TUS: Midlands Midwest will provide opportunities for all students and staff to thrive in higher education and in the wider community through the promotion of positive identities and abilities, the celebration of diversity and difference, and the provision of an inclusive, welcoming culture and environment. Progressing cultural change to advance EDI objectives is a continuing and evolving process and one we are absolutely committed to.”
John McKenna, VP for Equality and Diversity at AIT, added, “The work carried out by the EDI teams in AIT and LIT to date is to support and empower those working in the technological university to explore, understand and develop inclusive practices for the benefit of everyone connected, both directly and indirectly, with the new TU. In achieving this, we envisage a TU that will be a leader in promoting and advancing equality, diversity and inclusion, and in doing so, will be a driver of cultural and societal change regionally and nationally.”