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New checklist helps staff rate inclusivity of their programmes

11 May 2018

Inclusive Curriculum Health Check supports student success and fair outcomes

The front cover of the UCL Inclusive Curriculum Healthcheck document

The Inclusive Curriculum Health Check, produced as part of the BME Attainment Project, prompts reflection on content, delivery and assessment of programmes, and the extent to which they embed the principles of inclusivity.

Diverse reading lists, the development of critical thinking about diversity among students, engagement strategies and formative assessments are just some of the ways to rate the inclusive nature of programmes.

Departments will be asked to use the Inclusive Curriculum Heath Check as part of the UCL Annual Student Experience Review (ASER) process. 

Paulette Williams, Head of Student Success Projects and co-lead of the BME Attainment Project said:

"The Health Check is the first step in supporting departmental colleagues to think about and strengthen inclusivity within the academic context.  We want to make sure that all students, regardless of background, are able to participate fully and achieve their potential."

The Health Check is the first tool to have been developed as part of the institutional approach to building inclusivity from 'concept to review'.  The model is based on an Inclusive Curriculum Framework created by Kingston University, the lead institution in a HEFCE-funded consortium aiming to tackle the BME attainment gap, the disparity in attainment and experience of undergraduate BME and white students.

The aim is to embed the principles of inclusivity in all aspects of the academic cycle from the development and revitalisation of curricula, through the practice of teaching and learning, to the process of assessment and finally full circle to programme review, modification and revalidation. Inclusivity is treated as an ongoing measure of quality assurance and enhancement.