UCD Professional Academy Diploma in Diversity, Equity, Belonging, & Inclusion (DEBI)


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  • Beginning Thursday 22nd August, 2024.
  • One evening per week; 6:30pm to 9:30pm for 12 weeks

About the Course

This Professional Academy Diploma in Diversity, Equity, Belonging & Inclusion (DEBI) course is designed for learners who wish to develop a deep understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and to explore strategies for change. The course provides learners with the knowledge and understanding needed to deal effectively with issues of equality, diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace and the community. Using best practice insights, the course will equip learners with the skills and confidence required to successfully engage with diversity, be inclusive in practical ways, develop policies and be compliant with legislation.

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for employees, supervisors or managers working in any sector. Anyone responsible for leading teams, managing employees, mitigating risk and supporting organisational performance will benefit from this programme. Having a Human Resources background is also an advantage.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the importance and impact DEBI activities on HR and Business functions
  • Evaluate theories and strategies for moving towards an inclusive organisation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legislation related to DEBI
  • Explain the concept of neurodiversity and how to create a successful people management approach to it

Course Breakdown

Module Overview Topics/Area Covered

  • DEBI – An Introduction and Overview
  • Understanding Equality
  • Human Rights in Ireland
  • Neurodiversity
  • Successful People Management – Approaches to Diversity
  • Building an Inclusive Workplace
  • Inclusion & Belonging Strategies (Part 1)
  • Inclusion & Belonging Strategies (Part 2)
  • Dignity at Work
  • Diversity & Leadership
  • Managing the Changes
  • Course Summary & Assignment Overview

Assessed Component Weighting Deadline

Assessed Component Weighting Deadline
Action Learning Log 40% Week 12
Final Report (approx. 3,000 words) 60% 2 weeks after course completion


The Action Learning Log will demonstrate the continuity of reflection throughout the course, by completing a separate AL Log worksheet for each of the main topics (average 250 words per worksheet). The full set of worksheets will be combined into an Action Learning Log, which will be submitted at the end of the course for grading.

The Final Report should be completed at the conclusion of the course, once all sessions have been completed. Learners will be tasked to reflect on their workplace and evaluate it from the DEBI perspective. The goal of the assignment is to demonstrate how learners are thinking about putting course concepts, models, tools, and practices in their own context to demonstrate the course learning outcomes.

UCD Professional Academy and CPD Hours

Drawing on UCD’s educational pedigree and addressing a specific demand in the workplace we have created the UCD Professional Academy to focus on shorter, practical, skills-based courses with more specific business objectives. We add value to employee training, driving high rates of staff engagement, with more versatile practical learning outcomes. We deliver practical training solutions, specifically designed to meet today’s business needs and our professional courses are not on the NFQ.

Please allow me share the current stance on CPD allocation as agreed with the Academic Director here at UCD PA and perhaps this may help explain how are courses provide benefits:

Upon successful completion, participants are awarded a certificate which details the commitment involved, which in the case of most courses is 36 hours. This allows HR departments to make a determination as to the allocation of CPD points for successful completion of our courses, according to their own internal CPD systems.

Courses are also assessed in line with the Professional Academy’s quality standards, and grades are confirmed on the certificate itself.
The Professional Academy Diploma is not on the National Framework of Qualifications as a credit bearing course. This is standard practice for professional courses of this nature where the need is for fresh and actionable skills (in a shorter form course) that are demonstrated immediately in the workplace.

About this form

The purpose of this booking form is to gather profile information about participants on programmes funded by Skillnet Ireland from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education & Skills (DES). Only aggregated participant data will be reported to the DES.

As an ongoing quality control measure and to ensure the highest possible standard of training, courses may be inspected from time to time.

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