The purpose of this site is to provide examples of good practice in inclusion, contributed by staff across the University of Dundee, and to share it in a way that will encourage and inspire others to adopt similar practice. Several of the case studies on this site 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, whether that is as educators or central service providers. In particular, it means taking steps to avoid unjustified discrimination against, and to improve equality for, specific groups.
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’?
This web site is intended to provide a collection of examples of activities that have led to increased inclusion for specific groups. Without being too specific, these activities might have:
- involved the development of proactive and innovative 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.).
- promoted inclusion through the provision of individual adjustments (this could take the form of a case study based on an anonymised individual student).
- promoted independent learning to facilitate wider access to services, resulting in less dependence on others.
- produced demonstrable outcomes that promote equality of opportunity in access to learning or University services.
They may also have involved a change in philosophy or strategy, or the 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 central services. Examples can be specific or as general as appropriate – the main requirement is to explain what you did, who you helped, any challenges you encountered on the way, and any evidence you have of positive results of your activity.
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;
- Library and Learning Centre;
- Human Resources – Equality and Diversity;
- Policy, Governance & Legal Affairs – Quality Framework