Information for educators

Universal Design is being promoted at International, European and National levels as a way to enhance innovation and create a more inclusive society. Universal Design prioritises all peoples’ needs in design. The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design is operating the UDGC as a way to promote Universal Design in education in Ireland. Students skilled in Universal Design will have an advantage in their future careers.

Your role

 Inspire your students to solve real-life problems for people of any age, size or ability.

Promote the UDGC 2016.

  • Advertise the UDGC 2016 within your courses and educational institution.
  • Email to receive a free promotional poster
  • See what other educators have to sat about participating in the UDGC!

Support student entries

  • Encourage and support students to incorporate Universal Design in their student projects.
  • Confirm the student’s entry: All student entries are required to nominate a course tutor or school representative to confirm they know the student project and the information in the entry form.
  • Attend the awards ceremony: The 7 shortlisted students are requested to have their tutor or a school representative attend the awards ceremony.

Teach Universal Design

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design has developed a suite of curriculum materials for use by tutors in teaching Universal Design. This materials are available through request to the Center’s Senior Design Advisor with responsibility for Education, Dónal Rice, who is available to advise on support their use. Contact Dónal at or + 353 (0)1 608 0430.

These curriculum materials are provided for free under a simple agreement between your educational institution and the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design. A sample of these curriculum materials is the animation “Meet the Normal – Adventures in Universal Design” - a fun and informative animation showing the need for and how Universal Design can be achieved in the design of everyday things and situations.

The curricula materials ( 115 powerpoint presentations, 17 Word documents and 1 video) are packaged in a 5 ECTS module optimized for teaching to first year students, but also suitable for teaching students of any level.

The module is comprised of 5 units covering:

  • Motivations for universal Design
  • The Universal Design Process
  • Evaluating Universal Design
  • Diversity in the user population
  • Case studies of good practice in Universal Design.


The Universal Design Module has been trailed and is being taught in the following educational institutions in Ireland: Cork IT, CIT, NUI Maynooth, DKIT, DIT, ITB.