EDI Training + Development

IADT is committed to fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected.

The objectives of the Institute include:

  • The embedding of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) into all our planning processes and functions;
  • Promoting and sharing good EDI practice across the campus
  • Developing, supporting and implementing EDI policies and procedures
  • Advising on the legislative framework and make an Institute wide commitment to go beyond current policy and legislation as it relates to EDI
  • Support staff, departments and services with EDI projects and initiatives
  • Briefing and updating staff on EDI
  • Supporting in all networks relating to EDI
  • Putting in place a position in order to action initiatives to tackle existing imbalances across the Institute

EDI Events at IADT

As part of IADT’s commitment to achieve the Athena Swan Bronze Award we have made arrangements to run a number focus groups with an external facilitator - Olwen Dawe around the topic of Dignity and Respect.

The Institute invited staff to participate in one of two focus groups which took place at the Blackrock Education Centre on 7th and 14th February 2019. 


The general topic for discussion was Dignity, Respect and Inclusivity. The discussion was designed to explore staff experiences and perceptions as they relate to IADT’s working environment.  This important staff contribution will feed into our Athena Swan action plan and assist us in future policy development. 

There were 12 places available to staff on both dates in February. All staff were invited to participate and managers were not present at either of these sessions. We really encouraged all staff to participate in the focus groups. 

Recruitment and Selection Training was provided by the Irish Centre for Diversity and was organised to analyse our current Recruitment and Selection processes and to discuss how we might improve our processes and minimize unconscious bias. 

We offered two sessions of Staff Recruitment and Selection training;

Monday 17th December 2018 for Executive, Heads of Faculty and Heads of Department.  

Friday 25th January 2019 for non-Academic Management and members of Governing Body. 

Our Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team took part in an away-day at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire on Thursday 13th December 2018. 

We had a number of important guest speakers on the day which included;

Victoria Brownlee, Advance HE, presenting on completing the Athena SWAN application.

Jean Cahill, DIT, discussed tips, advice and reflection on receiving the Athena SWAN Bronze Award.