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Inclusion

The Higher Education Academy defines ‘inclusion' as ‘the enabling of full and equitable participation in and progression through higher education for all prospective and existing students'.

Thus ‘inclusion' includes work in the areas of widening participation, disability equality, student retention and success, equality of access and opportunity, and reflects the implications of the increased diversity of the 21st century student body.

Action on Access is the national co-ordination team for widening participation and provides the most comprehensive source of information on widening participation, legislation and student retention.

The JISC TechDis service mission ‘is to support the education sector in achieving greater accessibility and inclusion by stimulating innovation and providing expert advice and guidance on disability and technology'. They provide a range of guides and resources, including information on the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 (SENDA). 

The QAA Code of Practice for the assurance of academic quality and standards in higher education provides guidance on students with disabilities (Section 3), and on admissions to higher education (Section 10). 

Skill is the national bureau for students with disabilities. 

The Aim Higher Practitioner website provides information on Aim Higher activities. 

The SWANDS Project at the University of Plymouth produced a useful set of materials to support staff in course delivery. 

A Guide to Disability Legislation for Academics is published by the Equality Challenge Unit includes links to many useful resources.

The Wolverhampton University's Equality and Diversity Unit website contains links to a variety of useful resources on Equality and Diversity in higher education. The centre has also produced reports on Women in research at the University of Wolverhampton: an institutional case study and Understanding Disparities in Student Attainment: Black and Minority Ethnic Students' Experience.

The Inclusion Research Synthesis project, commissioned by the Higher Education Academy, has published a number of titles on inclusion that are available to download from the HEA Website.

In 2009/10, and as part of a joint programme of activity with Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), the HEA delivered a 12-month developmental change programme to support institutions in improving the degree attainment of their Black and minority ethnic (BME) students. The outcomes of the programme can be found in the form of a commentary.

 

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