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. Our students come to us with a rich variety of experiences and it is important we listen to and reflect on their individual lived experiences as we build an inclusive curriculum to support the needs of all learners.

Understanding the student experience

Led by the Student Engagement Ambassador (Inclusivity), Tamara Reid, in 2018/19 and supported by the Centre for Learning and Teaching and the Students’ Union, a project explored the learning and teaching experience of students from underrepresented groups, primarily at the undergraduate level. It looks at student views on key elements of learning and teaching:

• Identity and the learning experience.
• Barriers to participation.
• Learning communities and professional identity.
• Understanding students’ perception of a ‘good’ learning experience.
• Assessment.

Read the summary of the project findings and see suggestions for where you can take action in response.

Blue Table Talks

Alisha Lobo, SU Community Officer, created a talk show series to bring to light the conversations she had with students from underrepresented groups, focusing on their lived experience.

This series aims to shed light on the experiences of underrepresented groups, as well as discussing what we as a University community can do to ensure that we are a welcoming community for all and where we can improve diversity.

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Email the Curriculum Development Team to discuss this area of practice and for guidance on putting this into practice within your session, unit, year, and course.

Updated on: 14 May 2021