Trinity award for campaigner Vivian
DISABILITY RIGHTS campaigner Vivian Rath from Kilmuckridge has received the Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Equality Champion Award. Vivian is a PhD student in the School of Education at Trinity and was recognised by the university for his outstanding contribution to promoting equality both within and outside the college.
He has been actively campaigning to improve access to employment and education opportunities for people with disabilities.
In May, his seminar on the public and political representation of people with disabilities in Ireland highlighted the barriers to participation for people with disabilities in Irish society and began a national conversation.
Vivian was recently appointed to the National Disability Stakeholders Group by Minister for Disability Finian McGrath. This group has a key role in the monitoring of the implementation of the National Disability Inclusion Strategy.
Vivian is currently researching the social experiences of students with disabilities in higher education under the supervision of Professor Michael Shevlin. He is well known in Co. Wexford for his work to promote equality for people with disabilities and his successful campaign to improve access to Gorey Garda Station.
Vivian Rath, second from right, with Trinity Graduate Students’ Union president Oisin Coulter, Vivian’s parents Pat and Kate Rath, and Trinity dean of graduate studies Neville Cox outside the 1937 Reading Room in Trinity’s Front Square.