Title: Transforming teaching, enhancing learning: embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in the curriculum

Speaker: Dr Pauline Hanesworth, Academic Lead (Equality and Diversity / TEF), Higher Education Academy

Abstract: We know that Higher education across the UK is experienced differently according to our students’ backgrounds and characteristics. We need to ask:

  • What can we do to ensure our mature students are just as likely to continue and qualify as our students aged 21 or under?
  • What can we do to guarantee that students with disabilities are just as likely to be in full-time work six months after qualifying as their counterparts without disabilities?
  • What can we do to make certain that our black and minority ethnic students are just as likely to receive so-called good degrees as our white students?

This keynote will explore these inequalities in student experiences and consider how transforming the way we teach by embedding equality and diversity in the curriculum (EEDC) can help us to address them. It will summarise the Higher Education Academy approach to EEDC, outlining its five principles, whilst considering motivations for implementation. In so doing, it will explain and explore the pedagogical theories underpinning EEDC, offer examples of good practice – including successful innovations – and suggest strategies for targeted development that can make a real difference.

Dr Pauline Hanesworth is an Academic Lead at the Higher Education Academy. She joined the organisation in 2013 and leads on programmes of work related to equality and diversity and the TEF.Whilst at the HEA, she has led the 2013-2017 SFC-funded Embedding equality and diversity in the curriculum project; supported a variety of institutions and individual academics to develop inclusive practice; produced a range of research and resources on inclusive practice, such as the embedding equality and diversity in the curriculum model for learning and teaching practitioners; and has acted as critical friend and/or contributor to wider sector initiatives, such as UUK/GuildHE’s Disabled students sector leadership group and the Erasmus+-funded Enhance IDM project. Her research interests include embedding equality and diversity in the curriculum, social justice approaches to education, the relationship between oral narratives and individual and collective identity, and values-based pedagogies.