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Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Gala & Awards 2019

Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Gala & Awards 2019

The third annual Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Gala & Awards is a unique event providing the opportunity for employers in Northern Ireland to celebrate equality and diversity in the workplace, and recognise those who advocate and drive diversity within their organisations.

Why apply for these awards?

  • Mark the impact Equality and Diversity has had on your organisation
  • Thank key employees for their outstanding work
  • Generate positive marketing and PR for your organisation
  • Enjoy a unique style of networking
  • Send a positive message to potential employees
  • Help your organisation stand out in your industry/sector
  • Reinforce your Equality and Diversity message


To apply for the awards, please download the application pack for your preferred award(s) using the links below. Application packs must be completed and returned to awards@legal-island.com by noon on Thursday 6th December 2018.


The Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Awards are open to all organisations and individuals across the public, private and third sectors.


  • Best Employer for Equality & Diversity in NI (Sponsored by JCB)
  • Best Gender Initiative (Sponsored by First Trust Bank)
  • Best LGBT Initiative (Sponsored by Ulster University)
  • Best Disability Initiative
  • Best Race Initiative (Sponsored by Diversity NI)
  • Individual Diversity Champion (Sponsored by Grafton)
  • Best Initiative Impacting on Offenders or Ex-Offenders in Northern Ireland 

    (in association with PeoplePlus)

After accessing the application form:

download application packThe 'Download the application pack' links bring you to the Dropbox website. To initiate the download, just follow the instructions in the image (left). If you are unable to download the application pack in this way due to IT restrictions (or any other issues), please email awards@legal-island.com (please include the name of the award(s) you'd like to apply for) and we'll send you the application pack as an email attachment.

Judging Process
All valid applications will be read, scored, shortlisted and notified of results by Monday 14thJanuary 2019. Each shortlisted entry will be invited to meet with the judging panel for an interview on Thursday 31st January 2019. The written application will count for 70% of your overall score, with 30% allocated for the interview with the judging panel.

When and where is the awards evening?
6:30pm - 01:00am on Friday 5th April 2019
Titanic Suite, Titanic Belfast

Entry Fee
It is FREE to submit an award application. The price of one table (ten places) is £1,000 + VAT until 5pm on Friday 25th January 2019 and £1,200 + VAT thereafter.

IMPORTANT: Please read the Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Gala & Awards Standard Terms & Conditions before submitting your application pack. If applying for the Individual Diversity Champion award, read these Terms and Conditions instead.

Sponsored by:

Grafton & Jones Cassidy Brett



Supported by:

Diversity NI Logo



Category Sponsors:

 Gala Category Sponsors 2019


Media Partner

NI JobFinder logo



See who won the 2018 NI Equality and Diversity Awards, and watch the video highlights of the awards ceremony.

Early Bird Offer

Save up to £200

Event details


6:30pm - 1:00am


05 April 2019


Titanic Belfast


A table of ten costs £1,000 + VAT until 5pm on Friday 25th January 2019 - £1,200 + VAT thereafter.

Single seat(s) £120+VAT

Dress Code
Black Tie or National Dress