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Equality and diversity for teaching staff in colleges

Factsheets for teaching staff in colleges explaining their role in promoting equality and diversity

Teaching staff have a crucial role to play in ensuring that higher education institutions are inclusive and accessible, and encourage good relations between the diverse groups that study, work, or otherwise engage with them.

These short factsheets are designed to help raise awareness among teaching staff in colleges of their responsibilities in this area and promote the development of equality and diversity expertise as a key competence for teaching and learning.

These factsheets can be used as a resource to support professional development programmes for teaching staff, in equality and diversity training, or as a general awareness-raising tool.

The legal framework: Scotland

A framework of domestic and European legislation relating to equality and human rights provides the context within which teaching and learning are delivered.

Inclusive practice

Inclusive practice recognises the diversity of students, enabling all students to access course content, fully participate in learning activities and demonstrate their knowledge and strengths at assessment.

Pastoral care

Teaching staff have a crucial role to play in providing pastoral support, being best placed to observe behaviour in the learning environment that might indicate a student is in need of support.

Promoting good relations

Teaching staff have a role to play in promoting good relations in the design and delivery of courses, and in the relationships they build with students.