Inclusive Ways of Working

The EDI Unit at DCU is committed to supporting staff to adopt inclusive ways of working. 

On this page you will find lots of practical ways that you can be an inclusive colleague and information on how to adjust your ways of working to ensure the widest possible accessibility. 

Inclusive ways of working adopt the principles of universal design so that through simple changes, we can ensure that staff, students and stakeholders are able to engage with us in an equitable and fair way. 

Inclusive ways of working put person-centred outcomes at the heart of all we do and are key to ensuring that we build a university community founded on dignity and respect. 


Inclusive Ways of Working at DCU

This quick guide to inclusive ways of working at DCU provides practical actions you can take to help ensure that your work outputs are accessible and inclusive.

If you would like to discuss any element of this guide in more detail, please contact

Universal Design

Universal Design within your ways working relates to the way in which you design and deliver your outputs. This could be the way you organise a meeting, or the way you develop a document or even, the way you send an email.  

Adopting inclusive way of working means your outputs can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their ability or disability, gender, age, race, family status or any other protected characteristic. 

By considering the diverse needs and abilities of all staff, students and stakeholders in the design and delivery of your work, you will create outputs that meet peoples' needs in way that is effective and efficient. 


The 7 Principles of Universal Design
  1. Equitable Use

  2. Flexibility in Use

  3. Simple and Intuitive Use

  4. Perceptible Information

  5. Tolerance for Error

  6. Low Physical Effort

  7. Size and Space for Approach and Use

Universal Design for Learning 

The DCU Teaching Enhancement Unit (TEU) provide a comprehensive overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Visit the TEU webpages to find out more about UDL at DCU. 

Further Resources 

This DCU Policy Writing Guide provides information on how to make sure your DCU policies are written and structured in a way that is accessible. 

AHEAD are the Association for Higher Education Access & Disability in Ireland. AHEAD focus on creating inclusive environments in education & employment for people with disabilities. They have a large number of helpful resources for making your ways of working inclusive. 

The National Disability Authority (NDA) is an independent statutory body that provides information and advice to the Government on policy and practice relevant to the lives of persons with disabilities. The NDA has numerous policy resources related to disability including codes of practice, statistics and standards.  

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) is dedicated to enabling the design of environments that can be accessed, understood and used regardless of a person's age, size, ability or disability. The CEUD is part of the National Disability Authority. The CEUD have a wealth of resources related to universal design including toolkits, guides and videos.