The Inclusive Practice Showcase provides examples of good practice in making the University a more inclusive place to work and learn. Examples have been contributed by staff across the University and several of the case studies listed have won the University’s Inclusive Practice Award.
What do we mean by inclusion?
Inclusion is about adopting practices and approaches that recognise and accommodate diversity amongst service users, including all aspects of learning and teaching and service delivery. In particular, it means taking steps to avoid discrimination against specific groups and to improve equality of access, in anticipation of the diverse range of user needs.
The University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and to developing an inclusive and equitable learning environment in line with the requirements of the Equality Act (2010). The Act makes it unlawful for the University to discriminate because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. These categories are known in the Act as ‘protected characteristics’.
What do we mean by ‘good practice’?
Good practice that can help to increase inclusion for specific groups includes:
- Developing proactive practice to minimise the challenges faced by a specific group of students (in relation to any of the protected characteristics, such as race, religion, disability etc.).
- Providing individual adjustments for disabled students (this could take the form of a case study based on an anonymised individual student).
- Promoting independent learning to facilitate wider access to services, resulting in less dependence on others.
- Producing demonstrable outcomes that promote equality of opportunity in access to learning or University services.
Good practice may also involve removal of a physical barrier to access, or the introduction of a specific technology that has created a more inclusive learning environment or service provision.
How can you contribute?
We welcome contributions from University staff, whether in academic roles or professional services. Examples can be of work already undertaken or planned activity – the main requirement is to explain:
- What you did/plan to do
- Who you helped/aim to help
- Any challenges you encountered on the way/anticipate
- Any evidence you have of positive results of your activity/similar activities elsewhere
For more details, please visit our Contribute a Case Study page.
Who’s behind this site?
The Inclusive Practice Showcase is a joint initiative supported by several University departments:
- Disability Services
- Academic Skills Centre
- Human Resources – Equality and Diversity
- Academic and Corporate Governance – Quality Framework