University of Limerick is committed to continuing to integrate and mainstream Human Rights Equality Diversity and Inclusion (HREDI) into our structures, actions and culture and to committing resources to the implementation of our strategy.

Our core values are inclusivity and diversity as highlighted in our strategic plan UL@50 and our HREDI strategy.

Human Rights Equality, Diversity & Inclusion 

As set out under our four key pillars committee leads are members of the HREDI Committee, which is co-chaired by the Provost/Deputy President and the HREDI Director.

The HREDI Committee reports directly to Executive Committee in line with all other key institution committees.

This ensures the exceptional work being undertaken across UL is captured and involves key senior decision-makers

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Visual representation of the HR-EDI core pillars and reporting structure

Human Rights Equality Diversity & Inclusion Mainstreaming Strategy 2023 - 2027

The University of Limerick is undertaking a review of the Equality and Human Rights Strategy. A new strategy is in the final stages of development using the IUA Framework for the implementation of the Public Sector Duty.

This equality and human rights mainstreaming framework strategy builds on our Equality & Human Rights strategy (2019- 2022) and establishes the ambition and approach of University of Limerick to implementing the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty from 2023 to 2027.

It forms part of a dual approach to equality and human rights in the university, combining a mainstreaming of and a targeting of equality and human rights objectives.

It stands alongside a range of ground-specific targeted action plans, currently those addressing the grounds of gender and race, assist in driving their implementation and offers a coherence of direction across these diverse plans.

Strategy Development & Consultation

A HR-EDI working group with representatives from across the Institute and with expertise across the equality grounds  began in January 2023 to review the previous strategy 

In developing the equality and human rights mainstreaming framework strategy, we have been assisted by templates developed by the Irish Universities Association to support implementation of the Duty, an initiative that UL participated in and contributed to. 

Beginning in January 2023, our external facilitator (Niall Crowley) facilitated a number of workshops to support the working group to tailor the template.

The working group consulted widely prior to developing the final draft. This draft will be presented to the HR-EDI steering committee in Autumn 2023 prior to ratification by executive committee. 

Equality & Diversity Policy 

The current Equality and Diversity Policy was reviewed in April 2022 and is being updated to incorporate the latest recommendations and best practice. These include