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Applications will open Wednesday 16th June 2021. There is currently a high volume of applications to this programme. New applications are being put on a reserve list in the event that a place becomes available.
The Graduate Certificate in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is designed for learners who wish to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion and explore strategies for change. The programme will provide learners with the knowledge and understanding needed to deal effectively with issues of equality, diversity and inclusion at all levels of Irish society, the community and the workplace. Learners will draw on academic literature and practical case studies to identify and address challenges in their personal and professional environment.
This programme meets an increasing demand for professional development in this field. The blended-learning approach, which will combine online lectures with on-campus workshops, will allow learners to engage in distance learning, with some on-campus workshops to allow for interaction and networking with lecturers, expert practitioners and classmates.
Applicants must normally have a second-class honours undergraduate degree, grade 2.2. In exceptional circumstances, an applicant who cannot satisfy the undergraduate requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant work experience in accordance with UL's Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning. All applicants will be required to demonstrate that they have community or workplace access needed for the completion of certain modules.
The programme is delivered by lecturers from across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick. This allows learners to engage in interdisciplinary, research-led teaching with experts in diverse fields including law, sociology and linguistics.
The Graduate Certificate in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is designed for all who espouse the values of social inclusion and equality. It has particular resonance to private sector companies and businesses and staff of community and voluntary organisations who seek to create inclusive and diverse workplaces with noted benefits of improving workplace and team cohesiveness and striving to comply with national, EU and international policy. The programme allows these individuals to upskill in the areas of equality, diversity and inclusion. It will equip practitioners with the competence to become professional trainers in this challenging area in order to contribute to the development of socially inclusive workplaces. The public sector has statutory obligations to ensure that equality and human rights are upheld in the workplace, while the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion increasingly features in the strategic plans of private sector companies and businesses.
LI5001 Language and Inclusion in Organisations: using language to promote inclusion
LA5071 Equality and Diversity in the Workplace: contemporary legal issues in workplace equality and diversity
LA6222 Postgraduate Human Rights Law Online: European and Irish human rights laws
Inequality and Social Exclusion (Online): dynamics and processes implicit to inequality and social exclusion
LA5091 - Equality in Practice 1: practical issues that arise in advancing equality, diversity and inclusion
CA4003 Career Development : develop key career management skills
Approx. 11 contact hours (face to face or online depending on government guidelines) per week. This is a part time course. You can keep up to date with the Universities plans for what semester 1 delivery will be here: https://www.ul.ie/covid/
The University of Limerick operates a policy for the Recognition of Prior Learning, both formal and informal/experiential learning. Informal and experiential learning includes non-accredited personal and professional education; work based training and relevant life/work experiences. This learning is assessed initially for entry on to particular courses of study but may additionally lead to academic credits and exemptions from subjects on the intended course of study. Applications for RPL are dealt with on an individual basis, facilitated by representatives from the relevant academic departments and Registrar's office at the University of Limerick. RPL for Springboard+ 2021 will be managed by Graduate and Professional Studies as part of the application process. Graduate & Professional Studies provides support and assistance to guide the learner through their RPL application and in compiling their portfolio. The process is student centric, with consideration made on a case-by-case basis, through submitted documentation and communication with the application team and course director. The operation of the RPL policy has been applied successfully to previous cohorts. Academic and professional qualifications, work and life experience are important considerations in assessment, but motivation and overall potential for the selected course has been a major factor in evaluating applicants.
APPLICATION TO A SPRINGBOARD+ COURSE WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK IS A 2 STEP PROCESS.
Step 1 is to submit your application on the Springboard+ website, you will then be sent a link via email to apply to the University of Limerick (UL) directly (this will be step 2). You must provide all documents requested on this email which must be uploaded with your application on the UL site. It is only when we receive ALL requested documents that your application is considered complete.
Note : It may take a few days after your application is updated to 'Pending' on the Springboard+ website for us to send you the link to apply to UL (step 2).
Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.
Required Documents for UL application:
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
- A copy of your most recent CV, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE) or project work (applies to some courses only).
- Proof of Status, e.g. unemployed, employed, self-employed, returners. Acceptable documents are outlined in 'Acceptable Documents for Proof of Status' section.
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language
• If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate
FEES - EMPLOYED & FORMERLY SELF EMPLOYED ONLY
All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider. Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also.
Employed and formerly self-employed (outlined above) participants will be required to make a 10% course contribution of €150 directly to the University of Limerick.
Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants.
Should an offer be made, in order to accept a course offer employed participants must pay a non-refundable fee of €150 as an acceptance of offer.
ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTS FOR PROOF OF STATUS
In order to avail of Springboard+ funding you must provide written proof as outlined below:
Written proof from the Department of Employment and Social Protection (DEASP) that you are in receipt of an eligible payment (see Springboard+ site).
Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status and provide written proof.
Provide a copy of most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.
Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Swear a declaration, witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths, stating that the applicant is no longer self-employed.
NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process it is your responsibility to inform a Springboard+ coordinator at UL and to provide proof of new status.
To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.
Please note you may be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.
For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration ( ie you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)