Attract, retain and develop an excellent and diverse cohort of students, faculty and staff

Excellent performance requires excellent people working in a supportive environment, and diversity, in all its forms, cultivates the development of ideas and often challenges the status quo.

We will continue to embed the UCD values in our community, ensuring that UCD is an attractive place to work, study and live. We will employ these values in our recruitment practices for both students and employees, increasing the diversity of both cohorts, while extending opportunities to participate and retaining a high bar for individual excellence. We will provide tailored educational offerings to support lifelong learning for a diverse audience, and continue to expand our recruitment of international students, along with outreach to under-represented groups, to further enhance the diversity of the student cohort

Central to our mission and vision is the building up of a supportive and inclusive community of students, faculty and staff, alumni and diaspora. We will work together to make UCD an attractive, friendly and accessible environment, ensuring both the physical and digital campus is welcoming, state of the art, and safe, and that services are responsive to the needs of all those who use them. 

We will raise awareness and promote greater understanding of and engagement with equality, diversity and inclusion issues across our University community through implementing and keeping under review our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Strategy. We will continue the implementation of the Institutional Gender Equality Action Plan, and work towards the achievement of an institutional Silver Athena Swan Award before the completion of this strategy. Continued actions to eliminate gender inequality will result in a growing proportion of women in senior academic and administrative positions.  We will continue to promote a culture of dignity and respect and wellbeing for all, and the elimination of all forms of discrimination. 

We will increase the number of students we retain through to graduation by putting in place a comprehensive suite of student support measures and ensuring that our student services are world-class. To support the success of all our students, we will integrate student services to ensure a consistent level of high-quality student support regardless of subject or discipline, location or mode of study, or whether students are being taught or undertaking research. These supports will be bolstered by advanced systems using student data to target and personalise timely interventions. Building on the specialised supports we provide for students from communities experiencing disadvantage, students with disabilities, mature students, refugees and asylum seekers, we will also develop new supports for other communities where we identify a need.