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:
Diversifying the curriculum
Areas of activity related to the theme of diversification:
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, 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
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.
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