Inclusive teaching is not about lowering standards. Instead, it is about ensuring our students can work in a way that enables them to fulfil their academic potential by enabling them to work effectively in a way that is transparent, efficient, and flexible. We also emphasise the role that students themselves play and outline actions that they should take to best support their learning.
An inclusive environment for learning anticipates the varied requirements of learners, for example, because of a declared disability, specific cultural background, location, or age, and aims to ensure that all students have equal access to educational opportunities. Higher education providers, staff and students all have a role and responsibility to promote equality. QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education Chapter B3
Key themes to explore
Diversifying the curriculum
Developing intercultural understanding in our curriculum design and delivery links to our curriculum principles, explicitly supporting the needs of all learners and citizenship and sustainability, considering how our curriculum might empower students in the roles they will play during their lives as global citizens.Read more
Decolonising curricula is part of our active promotion of an inclusive curriculum and supporting the needs of all learners.Read more
Projects and case-studies
Curriculum Transitions promotes dialogue across curricula boundaries between those involved in teaching and learning.Read more
Areas of commitment
Our Education Strategy 2016-21 outlines our commitment to ‘understand the needs and aspirations of our diverse student communities in order to inform our strategic approach, inclusive curriculum development and student support'.
Our Statement of Equality Objectives states that we will ‘Create and maintain a living and working environment that supports the health and wellbeing of all staff and students’ and that we will ‘Foster a culture of inclusion and belonging through a programme of raising awareness and training’.
We are committed to developing inclusive curricula, working to understand, and taking steps to address identified attainment differentials, as part of our Access and Participation Plan.
What do we mean?
Design inclusive curricula so that all students can develop a sense of belonging, purpose, and identity.
Recognise the differing needs of students at all levels, particularly those who represent communities that may have been marginalised or historically under-represented in the discipline.
Promote student integration into the learning community through supportive approaches to content and assessment.
Email the Curriculum Development Team to discuss which are most suitable for your discipline and to give you guidance on putting them into practice within your session, unit, year, and course.