The University of Sheffield's ongoing commitment to equality and diversity has been recognised by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) who has selected eight of the university's projects to be used as case studies for a national report into sector-leading equality and diversity practice. It's projects were among a selection of 68 chosen from 120 individual submissions from 36 institutions.
The report showcases the most transformative ideas in equality and diversity practice and will be presented to the government and is available as a resource for the higher education sector.
Andrew Dodman, Chief Operating Officer, said: “I am delighted that our dedication to equality, diversity and inclusion has been recognised in this way. We believe passionately in the benefits of diversity, and strive to be a fully inclusive University community where both staff and students feel valued and can work together to maximise the benefits of difference. The projects selected are testimony to the hard work and innovation shown by everybody involved, and it is work like this that makes a huge impact here at the University, and now, thanks to the HEFCE report, the projects will have far-reaching effects across the sector.”
Seeking Education Equity and Diversity (SEED) programme
The University of Sheffield is the first UK university to run SEED, a ground-breaking peer-led professional development programme originally developed in the US and adapted for UK higher education.
SEED, which stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity, is aimed at influencing change by building capacity for more inclusive and equitable curricula, classrooms and campuses.
The programme provides an opportunity for participants to reflect practically and critically on equality and diversity issues within their own professional and teaching practices, job roles and working environments.
In the words of a participant on the project: "The SEED programme offers a unique opportunity for learning that not only supports the individual but provides a platform for better understanding issues of diversity and inequity in higher education."
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