The LEAD programme is an interactive tailored online resource.

The LEAD (Living Equality and Diversity) eLearning programme is an innovative online resource developed by six of the Irish Universities members of the IUA Equality Network: DCU, NUIG, TCD, UCC, UCD and UL in collaboration with Aurion Learning and with the support of the Equality Authority Mainstreaming Unit. It has been available within NUI Galway since 2013.

The LEAD programme is an interactive tailored online resource that aims to provide University staff with an awareness of the key equality and diversity issues across the nine equality grounds in Irish legislation in a University context. As LEAD has been in place for some time, the IUA Equality Network has recently launched a request for tenders for an entire redevelopment of the existing programme.

We look forward to rolling out the new programme in 2020 - but in the meantime the original programme is still available below.


This programme is designed to give staff a general understanding of why it is 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 and how this applies in practice to the workplace.

The use of this interactive and multimedia resource will enable staff to consider and reflect on the part they play in building an inclusive culture. It will be able to reach a wider audience than a classroom based methodology: potentially 16,000 staff will be able to interact with this eLearning tool as the learning will not be restricted by a time and place.

Programme content and features

The LEAD Programme is a self-paced modular learning tool, which allows each participant flexibility in completing the course. The programme features an intuitive, easy to use navigation throughout five core content modules. Each section contains video and multimedia stories and scenarios, interactive games & quizzes and online instant assessments to offer participants valuable feedback on their learning.

  • Module 1 - Understanding Diversity
  • Module 2 – What’s it got to do with you?
  • Module 3 – From Compliance to commitment
  • Module 4 – Recruitment & Selection
  • Module 5 – Dignity & Respect

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.

Who is LEAD aimed at?

The LEAD programme has been designed for use by all University staff - academic, professional and support  and is particularly relevant to staff with management or recruitment roles. The programme has the potential for use in other third level institutions or as part of student career development programmes.

Start the LEAD programme now

The programme is available on http://www.leadequalitynetwork.com/ 
Access:  Register with your own NUI Galway e-mail address and details

About the IUA Equality Network

The IUA is the representative body for Ireland's seven Universities. Under the auspices of the IUA, the Irish Universities Equality Network was established to work collaboratively to share best practice, develop institutional competence, develop intervarsity projects and co-operation, promote an inclusive University environment and prevent discrimination on all equality grounds.

The LEAD programme was part funded by the Equality Authority Equality Mainstreaming Unit and by each of the six participating Universities.