Pushing Boundaries

Pushing Boundaries Report

The report by Jane Pillinger on behalf of the Irish University Association (IUA) Equality Network on the Role of Staff Networks in Supporting Equality Outcomes in the University Sector was published in November. The report covers the Pushing Boundaries seminar held in UCC in March of 2009. To download the full report click the following links:

Pushing Boundaries Workshop

On Saturday 14th March 2009, under the auspices of the IUA Equality Network, the UCC LGBT Staff Network held the workshop "Pushing Boundaries: Setting up a Support Network for LGBT staff in the Workplace" the aim of which was to bring together speakers from other Irish and UK LGBT staff networks to discuss the issues and benefits around forming such a group. In particular, we were interested in sharing experiences and opinions on the challenges for LGBT staff working within Irish third-level institutions and we hoped to discuss the possibility of forming a national group for mutual help and support.

View the Diversity at Work - Greg Beaver presentation.

Equality Officers from Other Colleges

  • Paul Smith – Equality Director, DCU
  • Catherine Maguire – Equality & Welfare Officer, UCC
  • Fiona Donohue - Equality & Diversity Manager, UCD
  • Karen Compos McCormack - Equality Officer, TCD
  • Marie Connolly - Learning, Development & Equal Opportunities Manager, UL

Agenda for the Pushing Boundaries Event

Pushing Boundaries: Setting up a Support Network for LGBT staff in the Workplace

Friday, 13th March 2009

Informal Gathering from 9pm in Loafers, Douglas Street. All Welcome.

Saturday, 14th March 2009

  • Time: 09.30 – 17.00
  • Date: Saturday 14th March 2009
  • Venue: Glucksman Gallery UCC (morning)
  • Dunlea – Cork Gay Project Centre (afternoon)
  • Participants: LGBT and Equality Personnel from the seven Irish Universities, Private sector and Trade Union Representation
  • Opening address: Professor Helen Whelton, Chairperson, UCC Equality Committee
  • Facilitator/Trainer: Dr. Jane Pillinger
  • Coordinator: Ms. Catherine Maguire, UCC Equality & Welfare Officer


  • Welcome
    • 09.00: Tea/Coffeee
  • Opening
    • 09.30 - 9.45: Introduction to the Day, Ms. Catherine Maguire, UCC Equality & Welfare Officer

    • 09.45 - 10.00: Equality in UCC, Professor Helen Whelton, Chair UCC Equality Committee
  • Workshop 1 - How best to build an LGBT staff network by learning from the experience of networks in the private sector and in secondary level education in Ireland, Chair: Dr. Joan McCarthy, UCC LGBT Staff Network

    • 10.00: Learning from the experiences of networks in the private sector and secondary education - a panel discussion
      Panel participants:
      Mr. Ross Mahon, Google
      Ms. Niamh Hayes and Mr. Neil Ward, Labour LGBT
      Mr. Michael Barron, Belong

      Ms. Sheila Crowley, INTO
      Mr. Ian Punch, EMC Ireland
  • Workshop 2 - Specifics of LGBT Networks at Third Level

    • 11.30 The UCC LGBT Experience
      Dr. Eibhear Walshe, UCC LGBT Staff Network Liaison Officer
    • 12.10 Travel to Dun Laoi
    • 12.45 Light Lunch in Dun Laoi
  • Workshop 3 - LGBT Networks, Applying Best Practice Chair: Mr. Paul Smith, DCU Equality Director

    • 13.30 The Trade Union Experience
      A presentation by Dr. Jane Pillinger of LGBT rights in the workplace
    • 14.00 Background into best practice in Ireland, the UK and Canada
      Mr. Cathal Kerrigan, UCC LGBT Staff Network
      Mr. Greg Beaver, Canada
    • 14.30 Break-out Session - The application of best practice in your workplace. Opportunity for participants to discuss and explore options available to them
    • 15.00 Group Feedback
    • 15.30 Review of the Day
      Facilitated by Dr. Jane Pillinger
    • 15.45 Close
      Ms. Catherine Maguir, UCC Equality and Welfare Officer

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