The newly appointed Vice President of Equality and Diversity at LIT Marian Duggan
LIMERICK Institute of Technology has appointed its first ever Vice President of equality and diversity to encourage inclusion and diversity among staff and students.
Marian Duggan has been appointed to the role following on from a recommendation from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) that the position be created in all third level institutions.
“I see first hand everyday how education opens up so many opportunities to our young people and those returning to education later in life,” Ms Duggan said.
“In a fair and equal society such opportunities should, and can be, open to all, irrespective of gender, socio-economic background, race, creed or disability.”
“I am privileged to be in a position to work to ensure this happens and to ensure our student body reflects the diversity and social mix of Ireland’s population,” she added.
Ms Duggan, who joined LIT in September 2001 as a lecturer in accounting and finance, and was later promoted to head of the School of Business and Humanities, took up her new position as dean of flexible learning and VP of equality and diversity last month.
“One of LIT’s core values is to promote fairness, equal opportunity, respect and positive outcomes for all our students and staff,” Ms Duggan said.
“The appointment of a dean of flexible learning and VP equality and diversity reiterates LIT’s commitment to supporting equality and diversity amongst its staff and students,” she added.
“My main objectives as VP Equality and Diversity are to promote, communicate, and support these objectives of equality, diversity and inclusion throughout LIT, while one of my goals over the coming year is to prepare an application for an Athena SWAN Bronze award.”
“The Athena SWAN awards recognises a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.”
“I am confident that LIT’s ethos of inclusivity will help us in achieving this goal,” she added.
With Ms Duggan’s appointment as VP Equality and Diversity, LIT is recognising its responsibilities in promoting inclusion, according to President of LIT Professor Vincent Cunnane.
“LIT is a place of diversity, and what we do is fundamentally about inclusion,” Prof Cunnane said.
“I wish Marian the best of luck in the role.”