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Initial recommendations from ECU’s attracting diversity project

Published: 04/07/2017

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ECU, supported by consultant Professor Liz Thomas, is currently working with a number of higher education institutions (HEIs) in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as colleges in Scotland, to help attract and increase student diversity, to develop more inclusive approaches and to be better able to target underrepresented groups. More information about this project is available on the ECU website.

At our recent Attracting and increasing diversity cross-institutional event on Wednesday 7 June in Edinburgh, institutions and sector organisations were asked to contribute their recommendations based on the learning and progress of their attracting diversity projects.

We are beginning to see evidence of successful outcomes and underrepresented groups applying and starting on courses. Many of these recommendations build on the findings of the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) funded HEA research whose job is it anyway?

These recommendations may be particularly useful for higher education institutions (HEIs) and colleges in relation to the development, implementation and review of their Gender Action Plans (GAPs), as well as for the SFC in supporting and fostering good practice.


The recommendations cover the following project areas:

  • Planning
  • Institutional buy-in and making strategic links
  • Collaboration
  • Research
  • Activity
  • Influence
  • Evaluation
  • Internal barriers
  • External barriers

Download the full recommendations now as a PDF or a Word document.

Institutional posters

Please find a selection of posters from institutions created for the cross-institutional event in June below.