Support for students
At the Institute of Education (IoE), we celebrate and support diversity in a number of ways:
We invite local pupils and children, especially those from underserved backgrounds, to work with our students and take part in music recitals, art workshops and global citizenship activities.
The work we do with the Reading International Solidarity Centre helps develop students' understanding of social justice and equality through global citizenship.
Our student representatives come from different backgrounds and we ensure that all students feel part of the community by organising activities designed to bring them together face to face.
We have created a community of practice for our male students in recognition of their underrepresentation within the education sector, and provide additional support for students who might perceive themselves to be at risk of marginalisation (students with dyslexia for instance).
Timetabled support is also provided to help English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners to develop their academic English skills.
The IoE collaborate with students with disabilities and specific learning needs to ensure that they are supported as fully as possible.
Educational technologies to support our student's learning in a more flexible way are constantly being embedded.
We have courses timetabled over three days a week (BA Education Studies), those taught in the evening (MA in Education), those taught in a condensed manner to fit around students' working commitments (SENco programme), ones that offer Skype tutorials in the evenings to support our weekend face-to-face programme (PhD programme ) and courses that are work-based (Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning course.)
Our courses attract students from all around the world. We have sessions celebrating cultural differences for example, many MA Education sessions explore diversity, equity, often through a philosophical, social, and economic lens.
'Education for Inclusion', 'Society and social justice', 'Multilingualism and education' and 'Global perspectives' are explored on the BA Education Studies course.
Reading Partnership teachers on the Primary PGCE programme will teach diverse groups of children and learn about how the celebration of diversity contributes to a thriving society.
The EdD programme includes several modules that explore notions of diversity, inclusion and social justice in relation to the education profession thus allowing participants to reflect on these issues in relation to their learning.
The University of Reading and Reading University Students' Union (RUSU) also run a wide range of student-led cultural, faith and diversity societies, including:
- Gender and Empowerment Reading Group(IOE)
- Feminist Society
- R U Mature(for mature students)
- Sign Language Society
- Open Mind (promoting mental health awareness)
- Beyond Borders (volunteering to help develop an outdoor space for with adults with mental health needs)
- Amnesty International
- Support services for international students
- University of Reading Student Welfare Team
- Never OK Campaign