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Increasing Diversity: University of Leicester

Published: 31/08/2018

The School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester shares its progress on increasing the representation and experience of BME students on its postgraduate courses ( as part of Advance HE’s Increasing Diversity project).

Reasonable adjustments: University of York – expanding provision of hearing loops

Published: 26/06/2018

The University of York has sought to expand its provision of hearing loops.

Reasonable adjustments: University of Southampton – enhancing lecture recordings

Published: 26/06/2018

The University of Southampton has been investigating an alternative to manual note takers, by making recordings of lectures more inclusive.

Reasonable adjustments: University of Plymouth – the ‘inclusive student journey’

Published: 26/06/2018

Academics, disability officers, educational developers, disability support staff and administrators at the University of Plymouth worked to develop thinking, systems, policies and processes of inclusive teaching, learning and assessment.

Reasonable adjustments: University of Leeds – ‘being inclusive in…’ guides

Published: 25/06/2018

The University of Leeds developed written guides for staff, entitled ‘Being inclusive in..,’ which aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching in higher education.

Reasonable adjustments: Imperial College London – synthetic chemistry ‘by proxy’

Published: 25/06/2018

Imperial College London aimed to find a way for a student with severe health and mobility issues to participate meaningfully and safely in their undergraduate synthetic chemistry laboratory classes ‘by proxy’.

Reasonable adjustments: Glasgow Clyde College – inclusion using assistive technologies

Published: 25/06/2018

Glasgow Clyde College is working with Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation (GCEF) on a two year project focused on the development and promotion of inclusion through the use of assistive technologies.

Reasonable adjustments: University of Derby – transition events for disabled students

Published: 25/06/2018

The University of Derby holds a two-day transition event for incoming disabled students called ‘Get Ahead’.

Reasonable adjustments: University of Brighton – inclusive practice toolkit

Published: 25/06/2018

Responding to academics’ requests for further information and practical guidance, examples, and ‘quick fix’ tips, the University of Brighton produced a wide-ranging toolkit developed as a diverse online website resource.

Reasonable adjustments: Bournemouth University – mental health awareness events

Published: 25/06/2018

Bournemouth University runs a series of events to raise awareness of mental health issues by marking World Mental Health Day, Eating Disorder Awareness Week and Mental Health Awareness Week.

Increasing Diversity: University of Gloucestershire

Published: 06/11/2017

University of Gloucestershire discusses lessons learned to date on project to increase BME student recruitment to Media and Teaching (part of ECU’s Increasing Diversity project)

LGBTQ inclusive curricula – University of Birmingham

Published: 02/06/2017

The University of Birmingham has produced a best practice guide on LGBTQ*-inclusive curricula as part of a four year funded project by Dr Nicola Gale and Dr Nicki Ward. Uniquely, this best practice guide focusses on the widest range of academic disciplines as well as professional services, and includes: terminology relating to gender and sexuality…

Attracting diversity: The University of Strathclyde

Published: 23/02/2016

Lessons learned It was enormously beneficial to have dedicated time and space to work on and discuss the project. It allowed for individuals from different parts of the institutions, with different perspectives, expertise and priorities, to collaborate and share insights. In addition, follow-up work has become more likely to take place. It would be fruitful…

Attracting diversity: University of St Andrews

Published: 23/02/2016

Lessons learned It is important to spend less time on creating an ambitious suite of long term actions and focus more on short-term project outputs. Background St Andrews is the oldest of Scotland’s four ancient universities. Aims By participating in the programme the university aimed to ensure that the working, studying and visiting environments are…

Attracting diversity: University of Dundee

Published: 23/02/2016

Lessons learned Consider looking at only one protected characteristic at a time. Attempt to ensure that the selected filters that have been used for the data report (benchmarked HEIDI data) are communicated throughout the report. The lead of the qualitative and quantitative groups should attend both working group meetings. Background As a ‘redbrick’ institution, the…

Attracting diversity: University of Aberdeen

Published: 23/02/2016

Lessons learned It is of paramount importance to work with student unions, associations and the wider student body when looking at equality and diversity in student recruitment. Numbers and data can show where there are gaps and inequality, but won’t identify barriers to entry for specific groups. Working with the students association(s) and speaking to…

Raising awareness on mental health difficulties

Published: 13/02/2015

Drama students at West College Scotland and Choose Life

A workplace audit: work positive initiative

Published: 13/02/2015

Firth Valley College’s work positive policy

Mental health outreach provision

Published: 13/02/2015

Edinburgh College working in partnership with NHS Lothian Community Mental Health

Mental health training

Published: 13/02/2015

Edinburgh College working in partnership with NHS Lothian

Collecting equality data from groups less likely to engage

Published: 29/08/2014

In some institutions male students are underrepresented in their engagement with counselling services.

Communicating equality data

Published: 29/08/2014

To make the most of equality data, it is vital that key messages are shared across an institution in order to improve service provision.

Effective data collection across a university

Published: 29/08/2014

Equality data is not always collected and recorded in the same way.

Designing accessible sports facilities

Published: 09/07/2014

University College London Union was inspired to modernise and improve accessibility of its fitness centre by a desire to achieve inclusive fitness initiative (IFI) accreditation. An accessibility audit identified a number of actions required before accreditation would be awarded. As a result the union developed a building programme to improve the accessibility of the facility.

Marketing sports services to diverse audiences

Published: 09/07/2014

To promote the any-body month initiative, the disability sport officer at the University of Nottingham developed an extensive communications plan to target the widest possible audience. Methods for engaging with participants included: the university’s website social media (Twitter and Facebook) university media (radio and magazine) flyers and posters email word of mouth through university contacts…

Training in inclusive sports services

Published: 09/07/2014

Staff training The director of sports at the University of Leeds arranged for sports staff to participate in a range of equality and diversity-related training events. This included an ‘equality challenge’ day for 24 members of staff, with particular elements focusing on sports inclusion. Student training Through a new initiative to ensure equality and diversity…

Sports services for the local community

Published: 09/07/2014

Team Durham at Durham University has established a unit of three sports development officers to communicate, engage, and deliver sport and fitness activities for the local community. This includes working with each of the 47 primary schools in Durham, and working with marginalised groups through initiatives such as Street League. Drawing from their success, the…

Understanding diverse sports requirements

Published: 09/07/2014

Disabled service users Due to a low level of participation the University of Leeds sports service discussed its engagement strategy with the university’s equality and diversity manager to develop a wider range of approaches to engagement. The university conducted a consultation exercise during the development of a new swimming pool from which the decision to…

BME staff network: institution 4

Published: 09/07/2014

[Institution] race equality group Aims of the group To raise awareness of race equality and cultural diversity at [institution]  To analyse staff and student ethnicity data to identify areas of concern  To help develop practical solutions to address issues of underrepresentation and low participation To represent the views of black and minority ethnic staff and…

BME staff network: institution 3

Published: 09/07/2014

Staffing Volunteer convenor: [name] Volunteer manager of BME portal workspace: [name] Membership Any staff member is de facto a member of BME network and can attend meetings. Access to the private Workspace for BME staff is arranged by the convenor of the workspace. Meetings Network meetings are held out of work time and this can…

BME staff network: institution 2

Published: 09/07/2014

The [institution] black and minority ethnic network The aim of the [institution] BME network is to provide an authoritative voice for BME staff in the university and associated companies. The network seeks to uphold the ethics and principles of the race equality legislation and work, with the support of the university, towards improving the career…

BME staff network: institution 1

Published: 09/07/2014

Name The [institution] black and minority ethnic staff network. Objectives Develop networking opportunities for BME staff within the [institution]. Create a working and learning environment in which all students and staff feel comfortable, respected and valued. Have a formal place at the equality and diversity committee where the chair or their representatives can feedback on…

Trans staff: Rachel’s story

Published: 08/07/2014

Dr Rachel Jean Pawling tells her story as a member of the academic staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College London.

Trans staff: Emma’s story

Published: 08/07/2014

Emma tells her story as a professional and support staff  IT project manager at a Russell Group university.

Trans student: Casey’s experience

Published: 07/07/2014

Casey’s experiences as a postgraduate student at Central School of Speech and Drama.

Trans student: Kai’s experience

Published: 07/07/2014

Kai’s experience as an undergraduate student at Central School of Speech and Drama.