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.
Why is this important?
The QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education Chapter B3 states that:
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.
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, 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
This workshop will enable participants to develop their inclusive learning and teaching practice in a way that is meaningful, practical, and sustainable.Read more
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
Projects and case-studies
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.
Updated on: 17 June 2020