No°2- Inclusivity

March 6, 2017 in TEACHING AND LEARNING

The way in which students affect policy?

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Do you need a diversity audit?

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Progress since 2011?

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The above three questions were analysed and brainstormed in a group activity and I would like to discuss them further in relation to art and design at UAL.

The way students affect the policies has greatly increased with the introduction of various social media platforms. Using these platforms students are able to voice their opinions about the inclusively of the curriculum. During the class discussion I learned a prevalent platform is entitled “UAL so White”. This Tumblr outlines the issue of the attainment gap in higher education and states that “BAME students are failing because of; a curriculum that does not reflect the world we live in, and staff that don’t reflect the diversity of the students.” UAL so white, 2015

When hearing about the BAME dissatisfaction one is instantly drawn towards the question Is our curriculum inclusive? Which then leads to the necessity of a diversity audit.  “A key way of doing this is encouraging our institutions to embed liberation, equality, and diversity in the learning experience, so that students from under-represented backgrounds know they are valued as equal members of the learning community.”Liberation, Equality, and Diversity in the Curriculum, 2011. I believe that all courses should undergo an audit to encompass this statement.

Lastly, we were asked to look at the progress since 2011. The point made here is that there has been much progress since this time however more work can be done since the curriculum is showing evidence that it is built around the traditional model.

UAL so white (2015) Available at: http://ualsowhite.tumblr.com/ (Accessed: 6 March 2017)

 Liberation, Equality, and Diversity in the Curriculum, 2011

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