In the contexts of increasingly diverse student bodies and continuing inequalities in student access, experience and outcomes, UK HEPs are shining a critical light on their curriculum, considering how their pedagogies and practices might advance equality, enhance belonging and facilitate student explorations on the nature of knowledge and their roles in society.
Advance HE are looking to work with 10 HEPs – at either the institutional, faculty, department or subject level – who are committed to collaborating to:
- support the enhancement of sector-wide understanding of what embedding EDI in the curriculum looks like;
- explore the obstacles to and opportunities available for embedding EDI in the curriculum, developing a picture of institutional/department/subject readiness for change;
- identify and implement institutional/department/subject-specific EDI approaches to improve the learning and teaching experiences for their students.
How your institution could benefit
Through participating in the collaborative project your institution can:
- Develop a clear picture of what embedding EDI in the curriculum looks like, where you currently stand and your level of institution/department/subject readiness to implement change;
- Gain first-hand knowledge of how others have implemented and embedded change in relation to EDI in the curriculum, including decolonisation of the curriculum;
- Receive bespoke, practical support and advice to harness and channel the full expertise of your staff and students; and
- Be part of a network that will support each other to understand and address obstacles and develop new and innovative approaches to embedding EDI in your curriculum.
Stage 1 - Collaborative network meeting
+ Explore the first-hand experiences of others in the sector who have developed work on embedding EDI in the curriculum;
+ Examine evidence based approaches to embedding EDI in the curriculum; and,
+Explore the practical challenges of changing pedagogy and practice, and how to overcome them.
Stage 2 - Institutional consultation
Meet with key staff and students to consider the issues and challenges more fully in the individual context, to identify / capture current effective practice, and to develop an understanding of levels of institutional/department/subject readiness for change; Co-develop with the institutional lead a bespoke, practical one-day workshop to enable the development of curricula that embed EDI at the institution.