Blue circle with white figures inside depicting many different learners

Why is this principle important?

The University has made a number of commitments to supporting the needs of all learners:

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’.

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'.

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.

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.

A flexible and inclusive approach to learning and teaching enables and empowers every student to fulfil their individual potential and minimises the need for individual alterations or adjustments. Through adopting inclusive learning and teaching practices higher education providers enhance the learning opportunities for every student.

Through this principle we aim to:

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.

Key themes and areas of activity

Find guidance and resources to help support student needs in a variety of areas using the links below:
Patterns beyond labels header.

Inclusive learning and teaching

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.

Read more
icon image of bridge


How can we support our students as they move into and out of their time at university? Find information and resources from this page.

Read more
Designing for your future students

Designing for your Future Students

Curriculum Transformation provides an exciting opportunity for you to design and deliver your courses with the needs of your future students in mind.

Read more

Diversifying the curriculum

Areas of activity related to the theme of diversification:
Developing intercultural understanding

Developing intercultural understanding

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
Open Day.

Decolonising the curriculum

Decolonising curricula is part of our active promotion of an inclusive curriculum and supporting the needs of all learners, especially through the cultural inclusion lens. It links to our empowerment of students in their role as global citizens and is a vital part of our Equality Objectives and the commitment to fostering a culture of inclusion and belonging.

Read more
Summer Degree Ceremony.

Degree outcomes and the curriculum

Considering the role of learning and teaching in student attainment and outcomes links to all of our curriculum principles, notably support the needs of all learners and articulate a course-wide approach to learning.

Read more
Underrepresented students and the learning and teaching experience

Underrepresented students

The University is committed to ensuring that our student body, irrespective of background, has a high-quality learning and teaching environment in which to thrive.

Read more


We offer a range of focused workshop sessions to help you address specific student needs in your learning and teaching provision.

Our inclusive curriculum workshops can be offered as a standalone event, or as part of your departmental activity, on or off-campus. They can be tailored to your context and to your stage of curriculum design or delivery. Workshops are open to academic and professional services staff. Departments are encouraged to invite students and recognise and reward their involvement. We ask for at least one month’s notice when requesting a workshop and we may ask you to team up with another group.

Take a further look at each of the available workshops below and find out how could enhance your learning and teaching provision.

Patterns beyond labels header.

Patterns Beyond Labels

This workshop will enable participants to develop their inclusive learning and teaching practice in a way that is meaningful, practical, and sustainable.

Read more
Supporting Transition and Developing Belonging workshop

Supporting Transition and Developing Belonging

This workshop will explore factors of transition that contribute to student engagement with HE, navigate key findings from research about student belonging and transition and give participants a tangible framework for transition work within their curriculum.

Read more
Summer Degree Ceremony.

Degree Outcomes and the Curriculum

This workshop will help departments explore why students of particular identities or demographics may be performing differently, and examine some of the underpinning factors within learning and teaching for these disparities.

Read more
Open Day.

Decolonising the Curriculum

This workshop will allow departments to determine what is considered ‘central’ in their learning and teaching environment, giving the opportunity for diverse voices and experiences to be explored in their courses, whether in design or delivery.

Read more

Projects and examples

Explore how staff are currently addressing student needs in a variety of innovative ways:
Curriculum Transitions

Curriculum Transitions

Curriculum Transitions promotes dialogue across curricula boundaries between those involved in teaching and learning.

Read more

Further guidance and advice

Contact us to find out more about how you can support the needs of your students:
Abby Osborne

Abby works within the Curriculum Development team to support the University’s Curriculum Transformation with a particular focus on inclusivity.

Contact Abby

Dr Eleanor Parker

Eleanor is part of the Curriculum Development team addressing a wide range of teaching and learning issues across the institution, focusing on inclusion.

Contact Eleanor