Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum, The break down.

The EEDC Document – Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum was launched in June and was published by the HEA (Higher Education Academy) website.

The document is a set of guidelines for teaching staff and course leaders in higher education, working in the discipline of Art and Design which explains the issues of equality and diversity within Arts Education, providing facts and statistics about student numbers, changes in social trends of who is attending courses, highlights the reasons and necessity for change as well as giving examples of strategies and exercises in training and practices which have proven successful in diversifying and opening up the curriculum and teaching practices for teaching staff.

“There are more students from working class backgrounds studying at universities than ever before.”

The EEDC document gives 5 examples of case studies which demonstrate teaching practices that diversify the curriculum.

One of our teachers submitted a case study with Claudette which was recorded.

After reading the EEDC Document we wanted to know what would happen to the document next? Who would see it? How would it be used and how would it impact the curriculum?

Pauline Hainsworth from the HEA gave us a breakdown of how the guidelines had already been used and what was planned for the future:

Accessibility

The EEDC guidelines were commissioned by HEA Scotland and can currently be found on their website here. Going forward they will form part of The Retention and Attainment Toolkit which is currently being developed. Once this is launched it will put the document in a more prominent position on the HEA Website.

Dissemination

The EEDC was officially launched at UAL in June in addition to being released at a discipline event in Leeds and has been digitally distributed via academy news releases, newsletters, e-bulletins, as well as physical copies being sent to relevant sector agencies.

All Scottish Higher Education Equality and Diversity advisors have received virtual copies, and student sabbaticals in Scottish institutions have already begun to work with them. The guidelines have so far featured websites and in research including: They are already beginning to appear on websites as well as forthcoming work on E&D in the Scottish HE sector.

Future Dissemination

Future dissemination will follow three strands:

1. Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum project: 

The guides will inform the forthcoming HEA EEDC Strategic Enhancement Programme. Copies will be distributed and guidelines used to structure the support provided for institutions on this programme.The guidelines will be incorporated into our final project guidance for the sector.

2. As part of the Retention and Attainment toolkit.

As part of the toolkit, these will become a first port of call for any individual (student or staff) looking to the HEA for support in enhancing R&A.

3. Bespoke use.

The guides will be used in our bespoke engagements with institutions on E&D and R&A. For example, all the guides were used recently by a colleague working with academic staff on creating inclusive curricula, whilst the Education guides were utilised in a workshop with academics exploring the link between poverty and the attainment gap. The Glasgow School of Art, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Arts University Bournemouth all received virtual copies of the Art and Design guide upon request to utilise in their own work.