Inclusion is one of the University’s four strategic priorities and sets out aspirations to create a community for staff and students, where differences of culture and identity are celebrated, where differences of opinion are welcomed and respected, and where prejudice and socially unacceptable behaviours are never tolerated.
As part of this work, the University has developed the Inclusive Education Model which is a layered and whole-institution approach to reducing awarding gaps and increasing continuation rates.
There has, and continues to be, a lot of work in this area across the University. Below are a few examples of some current projects happening:
Supporting mature students
Project: Positive Digital Practices (PDP)
Funded by Office for Students, PDP aims to embed and sustain positive practices that support mental wellbeing for part-time, commuter and distance learning students. They do this by building positive learner identities, positive digital communities, and positive pedagogies.
One output of this project, has been the creation of a resources hub with lots of guidance, training and mini courses for students.
Supporting disabled students
Project: Neurodiversity and the Student Experience WIHEA Learning Circle
This WIHEALink opens in a new window funded project has been set up to review the support currently offered to neurodiverse students and staff across the University. One of the ouputs of this work is a neurodiversity toolkit that can be used to find out more about neurodiversity, along with guidance for academic staff on how they can make their teaching and learning more inclusive.
Read the toolkit and find out more.Link opens in a new window
Removing the black awarding gap
Project: Tackling Racial Inequality at Warwick
This university-funded programme, launched in 2020, is aimed at equipping academic and professional services staff with the knowledge and practical tools to engage with anti-racist practices and pedagogy within and outside the classroom, It is also designed to challenge racial inequality at the University of Warwick at both individual and institutional levels.
The programme will run again from Autumn 2022. The deadline to apply is Thursday 21 October. Find out more on their website. Link opens in a new window
Supporting LGBTQUIA+ students
Project: Trans and Queer Pedagogy Learning Circle
The Trans & Queer Pedagogy Learning Circle focuses on gender-diverse and trans-inclusive teaching and queer pedagogy. The group engages in discussion, shares teaching and learning practices, as well as exploring the LGBTQUA+ student learning experience.
Find out more and see their resources on their website.Link opens in a new window
The Widening Participation (WP) Student Network
The WP Student Network aims to provide current students from widening participation backgrounds, the chance to meet peers, share experiences and find out about opportunities available.
Find out more about the network on the WP websiteLink opens in a new window.