MacPaw, Diversity and Launching the Úll Scholarship Programme

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Nov 22, 2018 · 3 min read

Last week, sixty-two people from around the world joined us at a castle for the very first Teach Úll. A sort of mini-Úll retreat, we did some deep work and self-reflection through a series of workshops and discussions as we explored the Apple inspired theme The Pursuit of Excellence.

To give you an idea of the impact it had, here’s what some people had to say:

I realised this is the first time we have had anyone else really take care of us in a long time.

I just keep asking myself what I’ve done to deserve to be here.

As organisers, this is the kind of feedback we dream of getting. We know that Úll has the potential to be a rewarding experience for all. However, we also know that the cost of attending Úll can be out of reach for many. It also means that we miss out on the contribution of a more diverse group of attendees.

This year, we offered a ‘pay what you can’ option that would be run on a lottery basis. We would do our best to find some sponsorship so that at least a few of these people could attend. We had two very generous donations from individuals towards diversity tickets and thought we would try find a few companies to contribute a small amount to get a fund together.

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The direct impact of this meant we were able to offer places to all seven of the people who applied through the pay what you can scheme- no lottery required!

We can still do better. We need to hear from more women, people of colour, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQIA and other underrepresented communities at Úll. And we want to actively encourage people to apply to speak and to attend.

The Úll Diversity Scholarship Programme

We are giddy with excitement about the potential impact this could have on individuals and on Úll as a whole. If you share our excitement and want to help us create a more inclusive Úll, you’ll be able to make a contribution to our Úll Scholarship Fund through our Úll and Teach Úll ticket pages. After each conference, we’ll do a post on the amount we raised and the number of places offered and accepted.

Thanks again to our Teach Úll partners, MacPaw and to everyone who joined us for a magical few days at Markree. We couldn’t have done it without you.

We hope to see even more of you in 2019.

Paul & Aoife ❤

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