Inclusion Training Programmes

Supporting Inclusion at NUI Galway

The Office of the Vice President for Equality and Diversity provides support for staff networks and various inclusion initiatives to increase the feeling of openess, welcome and inclusion at NUI Galway.  There is also work ongoing to increase representation in leadership, decision-making, awareness raising, supports, and social events.

These programmes are under constant development with new and exciting training opportunities for staff to increase their knowledge and awareness in a variety of equality areas. If you would like to learn more or suggest a possible training programme, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Equality and Diversity at

Programmes Available

There are currently a variety of trainings on offer and in development, covering areas including LGBT+, disability, and cultural diversity. These trainings are on offer on select dates each semester. Please review the Staff Training and Development courses page to see what is currently available. Contact the OVPED for further information.

LGBT+ Inclusion

Becoming an LGBT+ Ally

Introduction to the NUI Galway Ally programme. This session provides the opportunity for staff members to learn more about LGBT+ concerns and issues, to increase their knowledge of terminology and policy, to give them the information they need to provide links to the correct resources on campus, and feel confident in supporting their colleagues and students as an Ally. Run in conjunction with the Students' Union and Student Society GiGSoc.

Transgender 101

Trans 101 training is a classroom-based session which includes an explanation of the language we use to differentiate between sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation, as well as what life is like for a trans person living in Ireland. The first hour focuses on terminology and language. The second hour focuses on the lived experience. The aim of the training is to improve knowledge of the trans community, demystify any misunderstandings, and build empathy. Currently provided by Transgender Equality Network Ireland.

Disability Awareness

Disability awareness training has been designed to support the roll out of the staff guide to Disability in the Workplace. The training is for all staff and in particular, any staff member who has a responsibility for another staff member i.e. line managers and PIs.

The workshop will include the following:

  • Information on the models of disability with particular emphasis on the social model in the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)
  • Participants will be encouraged to explore their own attitudes towards disability and accessibility
  • Identifying barriers students and staff with disabilities face and how to remove these barriers
  • An overview of the relevant legislation (Disability Act and Employment Equality legislation) and how it relates to the employment of people with disabilities in NUI Galway
  • Why it is important that NUI Galway promotes an inclusive environment for staff and students beyond mere compliance with legislation
  • An introduction to, and overview of the NUI Galway Staff Guide to Disability in the Workplace (including disclosing a disability and requesting a reasonable accommodation)
  • The role & responsibility of NUI Galway line managers and PIs in respect of supporting and accommodating a staff member with a disability

Please review the Staff Training and Development courses page to see if a course if currently available.

Intercultural Awareness & Communication

This course is designed to increase cultural awareness among NUI Galway staff members working with international students and/or in an intercultural environment, and to foster better interactions and communication between staff and international students.

The workshop will encourage participants to explore their own assumptions and preconceptions about other cultures, as well as creating awareness of their own cultural heritage and how it affects their world views, values and assumptions. The session also encourages participants to focus on their communication style, and how it is affected by culture, as well as the importance of non-verbal communication signals and the way these affect the communication process. The session is interactive and draws upon participants' own experiences.

Please review the Staff Training and Development courses page to see if a course if currently available. Contact the Office of the Vice President for Equality and Diversity for further information.