Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

School of Applied Psychology Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The School of Applied Psychology (School) established an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee in September 2022, soon after having achieved an Athena Swan Bronze Award earlier that year.

What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena SWAN charter was launched in 2015 as a framework that is used across the world to promote gender equality in higher education and research, as well as consider the intersectionalities between gender and the other EDI grounds (for more information, read about the EDI legislation here).

An Athena Swan Bronze Award recognises the School’s commitment to:

  1. Promote equality, diversity and inclusion practices in teaching, learning and research at the School.
  2. Liaise with School’s students and staff to address and discuss EDI-related opportunity and challenges.

Further information about the Athena Swan Charter in Ireland can be found here.


School's EDI Mission Statement

The School of Applied Psychology UCC is committed to ensuring a culture of equality, inclusion, and respect for all its staff and students. Some of the ways we will ensure this include:

Advancing awareness and encouraging discussion about equality, diversity and inclusion related to the different grounds established through EDI regulation, in addition to issues identified specifically in our School (see diagram below).

Diversifying and decolonising the curriculum.

Increasing visibility and celebration of equality and diversity in the physical and digital spaces of the School.

Having ongoing dialogue with staff and students to profile and address EDI needs.



School of Applied Psychology EDI Committee

Our Committee is currently composed of the following:

  • Chair: Dr. Angela Veale
  • Co-Chair: Dr. Marica Cassarino
  • EDI champions:
    • Student experiences (Dr. Sinéad Kelleher)
    • Organisation and Culture (Dr. Sarah Robinson)
    • Staff Welfare and Development – Academic (Dr. Jason Chan)
    • Staff Welfare and Development – Professional, Management and Support Services (PMSS) (Dr. Bronagh Clarke)
  • EDI PhD student rep
  • EDI MA student rep (Francesca Biondi)
  • EDI ordinary staff members
  • EDI Admin Support

We are currently working towards introducing student representatives for our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and undergraduate programmes.

For more information about our School’s EDI committee or for School-related EDI queries, contact us via email.


Further EDI Resources

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