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
Our principle of supporting the needs of all learners is aligned to our institutional commitment to understand and address identified attainment differentials as part of the University's Access and Participation Plan (APP). The resources on this page are designed to help staff reflect on and embed practical strategies towards these ends in learning and teaching. See the Degree Outcomes and the Curriculum page for more about how this maps to APP targets, or visit the University's webpages for more information about Widening Participation activity.
Key themes to explore
Inclusive learning and teaching
How can we enable all students to achieve their potential by working effectively in a way that is transparent, efficient, and flexible?Read more
Inclusive assessment strategies
Strategies to promote inclusive assessment design and overcome common barriers that students face.Read more
Curriculum design to support mental wellbeing
Guidance on how good teaching design and delivery can support wellbeing and help students to thrive.Read more
How can we ensure digital resources are usable by as many people as possible, regardless of their cognitive, physical or cultural situation?Read more
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
Diversifying the curriculum
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
Decolonising the curriculum
Decolonising curricula is part of our active promotion of an inclusive curriculum and supporting the needs of all learners.Read more
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
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
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 any of the themes on this page in more detail.