Why is this important?
Education is transformative and can either be a locus for redressing disadvantage or conversely for reinforcing elitism.1
Our student population is diverse. Students come from a range of backgrounds and have a range of needs. We need to make sure we engage everyone to ensure a high quality experience for all and to enhance retention, attainment and success. This means asking ourselves some important questions. Does the curriculum we offer engage all of our students? Might our curriculum privilege some students while leaving others marginalised and disadvantaged?
The aim of this guidance is to support you in engaging all students. The first step is knowing who your students are and supporting their successful transition to university. It continues through design choices (such as content, materials, resources and assessment) and pedagogic issues (such as planning group work or organising practicals and fieldwork). All of this is supported through our own reflection, particularly in considering our unconscious biases.
This guidance provides support for each of these aspects of engaging everyone, including audits, case studies of good practice, further reading and useful links.
1Brown, S. (2014). Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education: Global Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.