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Lead, or Living Equality and Diversity, elearning programme is an online training programme available to all staff in UCC. This programme is comprised of five learning modules. It is designed to give you a general understanding of why it’s important that we all play our part in supporting the University Sector's aim of providing an inclusive environment which promotes equality and values diversity.
Developed by the Irish Universities Association Equality Network (TCD, DCU, NUIG, UCC, UCD and UL) with the support of the Equality Authority and in conjunction with Aurion Learning, the aim of the LEAD project is to provide Interactive eLearning designed to promote Equality in the University sector by providing staff with an opportunity to consider their role in building an inclusive environment. The tailored eLearning programme covers all nine grounds of discrimination under Irish Equality legislation as part of a blended approach to generating mainstream staff engagement with equality and diversity issues in the workplace.
What is LEAD?
The LEAD programme is a self-paced modular learning tool that features an intuitive navigation system with core content split into five modules of learning. Module topics cover ‘Understanding diversity’, ‘What’s it got to do with you?’, ‘From compliance to commitment’, ‘Recruitment and Selection’ and ‘Dignity and Respect’. Each section contains video and multimedia stories and scenarios including interviews with University staff and students, interactive games and quizzes, and online instant assessments to offer staff valuable feedback on their learning. By using this interactive and multimedia resource, staff will have the opportunity to consider and reflect on the part they play in building an inclusive culture across the university sector.
Who is LEAD for?
The LEAD programme has been designed and piloted for use by all University staff. LEAD will be of particular relevance to staff with management or recruitment responsibilities.
How to use LEAD
Participants can save their progress and return at any time to complete the five modules. The estimated overall time for completion of the programme is 2 hours. By using this interactive and multimedia resource, staff will have the opportunity to consider and reflect on the part they play in building an inclusive culture across the university sector.
START the LEAD Programme now at http://www.leadequalitynetwork.com/
The LEAD programme was originally piloted across the 7 Universities with 264 staff participants.
- 97% felt the programme covered the main Equality and Diversity issues
- 94% felt they would have the opportunity to utilise the knowledge and skills they practiced during the programme.
The LEAD programme was recently awarded Outstanding Achievement in the category of Most Innovative Use of Technology at the IITD National Training Awards.
About the IUA Equality Network
Under the auspices of the IUA, the Irish Universities Equality Network was established to work collaboratively to share best practice, develop institutional competence, and promote an inclusive University environment free from discrimination.
Member institutions: TCD, UCD, NUIG, UL, DCU, UCC and NUIM.
The LEAD programme was part funded by the Equality Authority Equality Mainstreaming Unit and by each of the six participating Universities. Recently LEAD was awarded Outstanding Achievement in the category of Most Innovative Use of Technology at the IITD National Training Awards.
Unconscious Bias Awareness
Unconscious biases play a role in our day to day decision making, even though we are often completely unaware of their influence. Our biases are often informed by our own backgrounds, experiences, & cultural environments. For details on upcoming Unconscious Bias Awareness workshops click here.
There are also online resources around unbiasing or becoming aware of your own unconscious biases, such as:
Unconscious Bias: From Awareness to Action provided by Catalyst (Workplaces that work for women)
Re:Work from Google
Project Implict by Harvard University
(This is not an exhaustive list.)