Following on from the award winning Diversity Mark pilots at the University of Kent, the library have developed a range of tools to help academics include a diverse range of perspectives and authors with equality across race, gender, sexuality, disability, internationalisation and socio-economic contexts.
The new webpage provides a number of practical tips to help staff review and update their reading lists including:
- links to resources that provide diverse content for teaching support
- examples from other institutions
- advice on maintaining current awareness across disciplines
Evidence suggests that course materials that are inclusive to a diverse student body have a positive impact. A recent joint report from UUK and the NUS, BAME attainment at UK Universities (2019) states;
A greater focus is needed from universities, working with their students, on ensuring that BAME students have a good sense of belonging at their university, and on understanding how a poor sense of belonging might be contributing to low levels of engagement and progression to postgraduate study.
A minor change to your course materials could make a major change to the way a student, or a group of students, responds to the course so take a look today!