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An inclusive curriculum enhances the higher education experience for all students, improves student retention, progression and attainment, addresses degree awarding gaps, improves graduate outcomes and employability.
It recognises that students come from a range of different backgrounds and differ by age, gender, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and faith. They will have different learning styles, educational experience and cultural capital, as well as varying levels of confidence and self-esteem.
At Kingston, over half of our students identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and around 28% are from overseas, joining us from over 140 different countries. They also differ by gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, faith and age – almost 50% are mature students.
We recognise the inherent educational value of this diversity, and our inclusive curriculum places the student at the heart of the learning process, while recognising that inclusivity does not mean treating everyone the same.
At Kingston we developed a set of design principles that we use to create our courses. This Inclusive Curriculum Framework is used by staff to ensure that the course is meaningful and relevant to a diverse student body.
Students share their knowledge and experiences to help co-create the curriculum.
These Inclusive Curriculum Consultants work with course leaders to develop courses that are accessible, relevant and student-focused. It's an opportunity for staff to better understand and consider how students on their courses will engage with the course content and adapt it.
As a Kingston student, your course will reflect you and your cultural capital.
Kingston University's Excellence Framework for an Inclusive Curriculum is designed to provide academics with the skills to design and deliver a curricula which is appropriate, accessible and meaningful to all students.