Gender, Diversity and Inclusion
Teagasc officially launched its current Diversity and Inclusion Strategy in July 2020. The Strategy outlines the vision, strategic objectives and action plan for achieving a more diverse and inclusive work environment. Diversity & Inclusion Strategy (PDF)
Teagasc published its Report on the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty in 2022. The Plan includes a number of actions that will be delivered from 2021-2023 in order to meet our public sector duty construed by the public sector equality and human rights legislation.
Year of Diversity and Inclusion
The Director, Prof. Frank O'Mara, announced 2022 as the Year of Diversity and Inclusion in Teagasc and a number of initiatives have taken place so far this year. Teagasc celebrated Pride month with a series of educational and informative webinars for staff on LGBTQ+ terminology and being an ally in the workplace. The Pride flag flew high at all Teagasc campuses and centres during the month of June.
Diversity and Inclusion training for managers is currently being delivered across the organisation by Inclusio.
Gender Equality Plan
Teasgasc launched its Gender Equality Plan in Kildalton College at an event celebrating International Women's Day in March 2022.
In developing the Gender Equality Plan (GEP), workshops were held for staff at all levels across the organisation, including middle and senior management. The GEP reflects important actions identified by staff to further gender equality in Teagasc and contains four strategic objectives, as follows:
- Creating a Gender Diverse Culture
- Reshaping Decision-Making and Governance
- Developing Equal Career Support Measures
- Integrating Gender in Research Funding and Teaching
The GEP was developed by Teagasc through its involvement and collaboration with other European research partners under the GenderSMART project, a €2.9million EU Horizon 2020 funded project which commenced on 1st January 2019. For further information on the project, click here.
The GenderSMART project is a European partnership which aims to achieve gender equality in research performing and research funding organisations operating in the agriculture and life sciences research and teaching fields.
Since the project commenced in January 2019, seven European partners, including Teagasc, have put gender equality in the workplace to the forefront of their operations. Each organisation, supported by two technical partners specialising in institutional change and mainstreaming a gender balanced culture, has committed to developing and implementing a Gender Equality Plan (GEP).
In general, a GEP is a set of commitments and actions that aim to promote gender equality in an organisation. This will ultimately be achieved through structural change, involving sustainable transformation of organisational processes and systems.
In Teagasc, our GEP has been tailored to take account of the culture and structure of the organisation. It aims to engage all staff, through awareness-building and training on gender equality and unconscious gender biases. Progress on implementation of the actions set out in our GEP is shared with staff via a dedicated GenderSMART space on our internal communications platform.