Title: Transforming teaching, enhancing learning: embedding equality and diversity 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 plenary 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 Academic Lead of Equality and Diversity / Teaching Excellence Framework at the Higher Education Academy.

Dr. Hanesworth joined the Higher Education Academy in 2013 to manage the Scottish project on embedding equality and diversity in the curriculum.

Pauline has expertise in:

  • access and inclusion.
  • admission to Higher Education.
  • curriculum design.
  • equality and diversity.
  • humanities disciplines (especially Classics, History and Archaeology).
  • teaching pedagogies.