Diversity & Inclusion 6: Additional reference
Legislation and Government Reports and Guidelines
HEFCE: Widening Participation
HEFCE’s AWP home-page (Now called Student access and success)
OFFA: The Office for Fair Access
The government body entrusted with ensuring fair access to HE for all.
QAA Code of Practice: 3. Disabled Students (2010)
‘The object of the code is to assist institutions in ensuring that students with disabilities have access to a learning experience comparable to that of their peers. A useful guide for departments currently adapting the curriculum for disabled students.
Socio-economic disadvantage and experience in higher education
A 2003 report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation by Alasdair Forsyth and Andy Furlong.
Young Participation in Higher Education (HEFCE)
An analysis of ‘HE participation rates’ for 18-19 year olds. Though there are still sharp differences between regions, since 2000, the gap between young people from disadvantaged areas and young people from advantaged areas has narrowed. Women are still much more likely to enter HE than men, though there has been a recent growth in male participation rates.
Fair Admissions to Higher Education: Recommendations for Good Practice
The Schwartz report, chaired by Steven Schwartz. One of its conclusions is that ‘there is uneven awareness of and response to the increasing diversity of applicants, qualifications and pathways into higher education’.
Why Study English?
A popular website produced by the English Subject Centre Highlights the benefits of studying English in terms of employment prospects, personal satisfaction, quality of teaching and range of learning opportunities.
Diversity and Inclusion: Resources for Lecturers
Access and Widening Participation: A Good Practice Guide
This English Subject Centre report by Siobhán Holland is based on informal surveys undertaken in 2001-2 and concentrates on AWP work in English departments at King Alfred’s College, Winchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Teeside.
HEFCE’s Widening Participation pages. Now called Student access and success.
Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning
Now published by the Open University, this journal addresses questions of how to widen participation and combat social exclusion in education both nationally and internationally.
Action on Access
The key aim of Action on Access, based at Edge Hill University, is ‘to promote inclusivity and diversity, and the broadest possible access to higher education’.
Successful Student Diversity: Case Studies of Practice in Learning and Teaching and Widening Participation
WP case studies (coupled with learning and teaching case studies) in a range of disciplines. A HEFCE publication, edited by Janet Powney.
Equality Challenge Unit
The ECU helps maintain equal opportunities for HE staff.
Websites aimed at potential students
A-Z Degrees: English (The Independent online)
This website has summaries of the nature and content of an English degree and its career prospects. It contains some guidance for applicants too.
DirectGov: Young People (Now NIDirect)
A government site providing information for 13-19-year-olds on a range of topics, including HE options.
Converse: The Literature Website
Stimulating English literature teaching materials for schools, aimed at both teachers and pupils and produced by lecturers from the Cambridge English faculty as part of a widening participation initiative.
DirectGov: University and Higher Education
Official guidance from the government for potential undergraduates.
UCAS student area
Nuts and bolts information for school-leavers.
Disability Resources for Lecturers
Action on Access: Disability
Action on Access is the national co-ordination team for widening participation in higher education, funded by HEFCE and DELNI. It now undertakes the work on disability previously done by the now disbanded National Disability Team. This area of the Action on Access website provides is a rich smorgasbørd of resources.
DEMOS: Online Materials for Staff Disability Awareness
An online learning package designed to teach academic staff about the issues faced by disabled students in HE. The package was created as part of DEMOS, a HEFCE-funded project undertaken jointly by the four universities in the Manchester area which concluded in 2003. There are modules on ‘Disability Awareness’, ‘Students with Dyslexia’, ‘Admissions of Disabled Applicants’,’Assessment and Examination Regulations’ and on recent disability legislation, as well as handy lists of FAQs.
Guide to Accessible Web Design
If you need to check the accessibility of your web pages for disabled students, try using this resource.
The Teachability Project
Eight detailed online booklets, from the University of Strathclyde, on how to make HE materials, such as course information, lectures, seminars, tutorials, e-learning, exams and assessments,accessible for disabled students.
Working with Students with Disabilities
A rich and detailed guide written by Christopher Hopkins, David Jackson, Jan Tennant and Andrew Wilson for the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Engineering. Full of generally applicable advice and ideas.
SCIPS (Strategies for Creating Inclusive Programmes of Study)
English is one of 10 subjects involved in this pilot project, which ended in December 2004. The aim was to identify learning activities specified in subject Benchmark Statements
that could be problematic for students with disabilities and to devise subject-specific ‘inclusive strategies’ for academic staff to build into the curriculum. The material generated by the project is included in an online database searchable by discipline, learning activity, key skill and disability. SCIPS is part of Academic Standards and Benchmark Descriptors: Developing Strategies for Inclusivity, a HEFCE-funded project based at University College Worcester.
SCIPS has also produced a guide to disability etiquette.
Dyslexia Research Trust
Based at Oxford University, the trust funds ‘cutting edge interdisciplinary research into dyslexia and other related conditions’. Useful pages defining and describing dyslexia.
British Dyslexia Association: Colleges and Universities (Now Educator)
British Dyslexia Association
aimed at FE and HE lecturers about how to identify and help dyslexic students.
Student Mental Health: Planning, Guidance and Training Manual
This online guide provides a useful, practical guide for lecturers who would like guidance on supporting students with mental health difficulties. (The most useful sections for lecturers are sections 3 and 7).
Resources for Disabled Students and Staff
Equality and Human Rights Council
The council has ‘a statutory remit to promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine “protected” grounds – age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.’
A government website designed to provide information about disability legislation and to help disabled people find out about their civil rights.
Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities
Skill describes itself as ‘an independent charity that promotes opportunities for people with any kind of disability in learning and employment.’ It provides free information and advice for disabled people and training for HE institutions and runs events and projects.
Mind (National Association for Mental Health)
The ‘leading mental health charity in England and Wales ’.