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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Maria Kirrane
Submission Date July 20, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 John O'Halloran
Deputy President and Registrar
Office of the Deputy President and Registrar
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

UCC Policy on Equality in Recruitment
UCC Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy
UCC Code of Practice on the Employment of People with Disabilities
UCC Duty of Respect and Right to Dignity Policy
The text of these policies is available via the following link https://www.ucc.ie/en/edi/about/policies/uccpolicies/


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

The procedures for responding to acts of discrimination are outlined in the above listed policies. In the first instance, a staff member is advised to consult HR. The university also has in place a Staff ombudsman - https://www.ucc.ie/en/staffombudsman/ and student ombudsman - https://www.ucc.ie/en/studentombudsman/ as completely impartial sources of conflict resolution.


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Students - the UCC Plus programme implements the national HEAR scheme. This Higher Education Access Route to Education (HEAR) is a third level alternative admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college supports to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland.
Staff and Faculty - UCC earned a bronze Athena Swan award in 2016. Athena SWAN recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in higher education. Originally directed at the science, the programme has in recent years expanded to include the humanities as well as professional and support roles.


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Students - the UCC plus programme provides ongoing support for students from socioeconomically disadvantaged areas after they enter university. Details are available here - https://www.ucc.ie/en/uccplus/current/ .
Staff and Faculty - LGBT staff network set up by the Equality and Welfare Unit of the Department of Human Resources following expressions of interest by staff. The aim of the network is to "To work in partnership with management and staff of University College Cork to create a safe, inclusive and diverse working environment that encourages a culture of respect and equality for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation, in order that every individual can reach their full potential without fear of discrimination." The UCC LGBT Staff Network is open to administrative and academic staff of the university.


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

NA


Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
No

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
No

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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