Building an inclusive curriculum
The University is committed to providing an educational experience that is inclusive of the diversity of its students. The Inclusive Curriculum Working Group explores how inclusivity, in its widest possible sense, might be more effectively embedded within the curriculum and with a view to better supporting staff to address issues associated with inclusivity, in order to enhance all aspects of the student learning experience.
The University is also undertaking specific research into creating a LGBTQ inclusive curriculum.
This page provides information and resources, both general and subject specific, on supporting diversity and inclusion within the curriculum.
What is an inclusive curriculum?
Inclusive teaching means recognising, accommodating and meeting the learning needs of all your students. It means acknowledging that your students have a range of individual learning needs and are members of diverse communities: a student with a disabling medical condition may also have English as an additional language and be a single parent. Inclusive teaching avoids pigeonholing students into specific groups with predictable and fixed approaches to learning.
Creating an inclusive curriculum
Open University resources
The Open University have a range of resources developed to support academic staff in building equality, diversity and accessibility into mainstream processes.
Some of the documents here relate to the OU’s organisation, however, the checklists can easily be adapted to the University of Birmingham.
Equality Challenge Unit
The Equality Challenge Unit have developed a series of short factsheets designed to help raise awareness among academic staff 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 academic staff, in equality and diversity training, or as a general awareness-raising tool
In 2011 The Higher Education Academy commissioned a guide to Inclusive Curriculum Design in Higher Education. The guide is designed to support the higher education sector to think creatively about inclusive curriculum design from a generic as well as subject or disciplinary perspective.
Below are a selection of brief subject specific pdfs that were developed as part of the guide. Visit the HEA website for more information and to view the guide in full.
- Bioscience (PDF - 215KB)
- Business, Management, Accountancy and Finance (PDF - 223KB)
- Dance, Drama and Music (PDF - 705KB)
- Economics (PDF - 220KB)
- Education (PDF - 201KB)
- Engineering (PDF - 233KB)
- English (PDF - 246KB)
- Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (PDF - 245KB)
- Health Science and Practice (PDF - 201KB)
- History, Classics and Archaeology (PDF - 209KB)
- Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism (PDF - 217KB)
- Information and Computer Science (PDF - 411KB)
- Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (PDF - 259KB)
- Law (PDF - 207KB)
- Materials (PDF - 241KB)
- Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research (PDF - 276KB)
- Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine (PDF - 285KB)
- Philosophical and Religious Studies (PDF - 244KB)
- Physical Sciences (PDF - 194KB)
- Psychology (PDF - 289KB)
- Social Policy and Social Work (PDF - 237KB)
- Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (PDF - 308KB)