Published on May 23rd, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


DCU and Aviation Industry Year of Inclusion – Survey

Ireland is globally recognised as a leading hub for aviation. The industry contributes a significant €4.1bn to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and supports 42,000 direct jobs. This strong and vital sector includes industry leaders in each of the core aviation segments. As the industry continues to grow, a key challenge is in building and developing a more inclusive and diverse workforce. This is vital for leveraging diversity of thought and building a sustainable pipeline of talent into the future.

In response to this challenge, industry, supported by government, and in partnership with the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion, has committed to delivering the ‘Year of Inclusion in Aviation 2020’. The aim is to build awareness and collaboration in the industry in 2020 and beyond. The project is aligned with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s principle goal: “To foster the growth of aviation enterprise in Ireland, to support job creation and position Ireland as a recognised global leader in aviation”.

DCU Research Commences to examine Diversity and Inclusion in the Aviation Sector in Ireland

Led by DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion and DCU MSc Management (Aviation Leadership) for the Aviation Industry year of Inclusion

What’s it about?

Research examining the culture of inclusion and diversity within aviation in Ireland. The research will also examine expectations around the future of work both from an individual and organisational perspective. 

Who is it for?

We have two surveys aimed at:

  • Individuals currently working, or who have previously worked in any part of the aviation industry.
  • Organisations, specifically a single point of contact within the HR department across all parts of the aviation sector.

Take the survey!

Participation is entirely anonymous. Click through the relevant link to get involved. Feel free to share this within your own organisations and across your networks.

  • Individual Survey

This survey is for any individual currently working, or who has previously worked in any part of the aviation industry and is open to those based in Ireland, and internationally. It takes circa 10 minutes to complete. Click here to participate.

  • Organisational Survey

This survey seeks to collect information at an organisational level across the aviation industry in Ireland. If your organisation is interested in participating, we are seeking a single point of contact within HR or another relevant contact within the organisation. It takes circa 10-15 minutes. To avoid duplication within organisations, please email for a link. 

More Information…

The insights gathered through this research will help to guide and inform the development of an action plan to enhance knowledge and capacity within aviation to foster inclusive working environments that are future ready.

The DCU and Aviation Industry Year of Inclusion is an initiative from members of the Aviation industry, supported by Government and in partnership with the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion. It encompasses a range of activities aimed at growing knowledge around building a more inclusive, diverse workforce. This research is supported by the DCU MSc Management (Aviation Leadership).

More information here.

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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