Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Awareness Week 2019

The Access Service and the Teaching and Learning Unit in association with the Athena SWAN Office, Human Resources and International Office, are delighted to announce to a series of events as part of CIT’s first Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Awareness Week.


Society is becoming increasingly diverse. Higher Education campuses are now home to students from different backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints. In response to this increasing student diversity however, higher education institutions have tended to rely on specialist staff, as well as the commitment of particular academic faculty, who often assume the role of ‘access champion’. This often leads to access, participation, and success being ‘owned’ by the few, rather than the many: this in effect runs counter to national access policy, which envisions the student population as reflecting the diversity of Ireland’s population [1]. In line with this vision, the Higher  Education Authority (HEA) recommends that “the next step is to integrate the principle of equity of access more fully into the everyday life of the HEIs so that it permeates all faculties and departments, and is not marginalised as the responsibility of the designated access office” [2].

As part of CIT’s Strategic Plan 2018-2023, inclusivity is specifically listed as the first of our five core values - it states that ‘we strive to support and nurture inclusivity, diversity and equality, recognising the value they have to the future of our students, staff and the wider community’. With this in mind, a programme of events has been organised, combining contributions from our staff, students (both current and former) and some invited guests, to raise awareness and promote a culture of inclusion, diversity and equality where both staff and students are respected and valued across the Institute.


With this in mind, CIT’s Access Service the TLU in association with the Athena SWAN Office, Human Resources Department and International Office have come together to organise what we hope will be the first of many Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Awareness Weeks for staff. The aim of this week is increase awareness among staff of the issues around equality, diversity and inclusion in higher education and in doing so it is hoped that we can continue to effect positive change within CIT to ensure that the principle of equal access to higher education for all is firmly embedded within our institute creating a fairer society in which everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.


For queries, please email access@cit.ie or call 021-4335138.


Time Title & Description Bookings via
Monday, 16th December 2019    
09:30 Opening Address by Dr Barry O’Connor, President, CIT  
10:00-12:30 Traveller Cultural Awareness Training



Our Challenges in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

In conversation with Dr Amanullah De Sondy, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam at UCC

Introduced by Dr Orla Flynn, Vice President for External Affairs, CIT

Tuesday, 17th December 2019



"UDL – Learning and Sharing” – practical and easy ways to create more innovative and inclusive practice in lectures and assessments


Facilitated By

Laura Coleman, Disability Support Officer, CIT
Ruth Murphy, Disability Projects Coordinator, CIT

Wednesday, 18th December 2019    

Recognising and Challenging our Unconscious Bias

Facilitated By

On behalf of the Athena SWAN Office, CIT

Maria Cullinane, Lecturer, Process, Energy & Transport Engineering, CIT
Mary Cooney, Lecturer, Applied Social Studies, CIT


Other Voices

A space to hear other voices, telling other stories, from other perspectives and will include:

Nura Hagi, graduate of CIT and promotor of the Cork City of Sanctuary initiative
Leanne McDonagh, graduate of CIT and now CIT Traveller Education Coordinator
Emma Barrow, Social Care student, The Student Voice
Dr Pio Fenton, Head of Marketing & International Business, CIT - LGBT issues in the Digital Age
Ailbhe Barret & Rosaleen Moore, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design students, who will talk about their art practice and what it is like to attend CIT Crawford as a member of Crawford Supported Studios

Thursday, 19th December 2019    

Assistive Technology and Learning Resources for All


Delivered By

Fiona Downey, Learning Support Advisor, Disability Support Service, CIT
Mark Burleigh, Assistive Technology Officer, Disability Support Service, CIT

Saturday, 14th -Friday, 20th December 2019    

Pop-Up Christmas Art Sale/Exhibition

46 Grand Parade will host a Pop-Up Christmas Art Sale/Exhibition offering a fantastic opportunity to purchase art for Christmas from GASP and Cúig Artists. CIT Crawford is proud to work in partnership with the GASP and Cúig artists as they continue to gain a strong reputation for their work with an extensive exhibition record. Crawford Supported Studios is a partnership between CIT Crawford, Crawford Art Gallery, Cope Foundation and Cork City Council.