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Inclusive and anti-colonial practice

Access external resources and best practice pertaining to inclusive and anti-colonial practice.

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Policies, practice examples, case studies and guidance regarding various aspects of inclusive and anti-colonial practice in Higher Education have been compiled for use on these web pages.
The inclusive and anti-colonial practice web pages are designed to help St Andrews’ staff (and where relevant, students):
  • Develop an understanding of different aspects of Inclusive teaching and learning practice and why it is important
  • Learn about currently embedded inclusive practices across the institution and how staff can embed similar practices in their own teaching practice
  • Understand how to get involved with Inclusion focused groups and activities across the University
  • Access external resources and best practice pertaining to inclusive and anti-colonial practice
  • Design inclusive curricular, assessments, and teaching environments.

Why does this matter? 

  • The University has a responsibility to deliver quality teaching and learning to all their students.
  • The student population reflects the increasing diversity of UK society and the success of Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) in attracting international students.
  • The diversity of students frames the learning experience.
  • Inclusive practice maximises the value of this resource and enriches the experience for all.
  • Students who acquire the skills to work productively with people from different backgrounds are likely to be attractive to potential employers.
  • A proactive approach to inclusion is likely to reduce the time academics would otherwise spend working on a one-to-one basis with students who are experiencing problems with learning.
  • Students have a legal right to teaching that does not discriminate against them on grounds of age, ethnicity, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
  • Note that disabled students have a legal right to reasonable adjustments to ensure that their needs to access education are met.
  • Embedding inclusivity is a legal and ethical requirement for Higher Education Institutions.
  • Inclusivity is also strongly aligned to Diverse St Andrews strategy strand, and the University’s ambition to become a beacon of inclusivity.

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Creating inclusive curricula is an ongoing process that requires continuous and collaborative efforts. The University of St Andrews is still learning, and endeavours to keep understanding the views and experiences of our staff and student population to continually make adjustments aligned to the Diverse St Andrews strategy and improving experiences for all staff and students.

These pages are a community owned resource, so staff and students are welcome to continue contributing to the content. If you have suggestions, please submit new content or edits to existing content