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School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry, Kingston University London, KT1 2EE

This workshop will explore understanding and implementing inclusive learning and teaching in bioscience education, and issues within this area.

The widening participation (WP) agenda has encouraged individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds into universities. Whilst institutions have embraced WP, there is less evidence to suggest that steps have been taken to reflect on how academic practices best serve our more diverse student body.
Policies have begun to emerge encouraging institutions to be more 'inclusive.' This relates not only to the recruitment of a more diverse body of students but also to learning and teaching practices. These approaches require academic teachers to question the assumption they bring to their teaching practice and become more attentive to possibilities of unwitting discrimination based on normative academic practice.

This workshop will begin to explore some of these issues in the biosciences:
  • Identifying the principles of inclusive learning and teaching
  • Exploring the ways in which academic teachers understand/interpret the principles of inclusion
  • Identifying the barriers to inclusive learning and teaching
  • Examining how barriers can be overcome to improve the student experience for all students
  • Exploring what inclusive learning and teaching looks like in biosciences
  • Developing guidelines of good practice in inclusive learning and teaching in the biosciences


Register to attend this event by contacting Nigel Page.