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Our work in this area aims to promote equitable, accessible and inclusive teaching, learning and assessment practice that has student experience as a central focus.


We have a sustained focus on equality, diversity and inclusivity throughout our work, which is reflected in the composition of our advisory groups and content of sector reference points. The Subject Benchmark Statements reviewed since 2021 set out a vision for building an inclusive and accessible education at a disciplinary level.


We have developed a number of resources which help members to explore different ways to embed inclusion and accessibility within their curriculum.

Member resources

Creating inclusive subject learning communities

Our creating inclusive subject learning communities advice looks at four interconnected themes: curriculum design, course content, teaching and learning, and assessment and feedback practices - focusing on enhancing the student experience.


We developed a complementary set of reflective questions to help academic and professional teams design inclusive pedagogical approaches.


Case studies and presentations

We produce case studies and publish presentations from member events to share effective practices, unique approaches and practical tips for other providers to reflect on.

PODCAST - Speaking my language - understanding and supporting the experiences of disabled students

In this podcast, QAA's Dr Kerr Castle, Professor Deborah Johnston from London South Bank University and a commissioner for the Disabled Students' Commission (DSC) and Sean Cullen from Brunel University and the Student Voice Commissioner for DSC discuss the experience of disabled students.

PODCAST - Students' views and experiences of pass/fail assessment

In this podcast, we explore the institutional context for pass/fail assessment in undergraduate and postgraduate courses with colleagues from Leeds Arts University and how the experience of pass/fail assessment can support authentic learning. We evaluate how tutoring and peer feedback impact students' skill development for future employment.
PODCAST - Improving support for postgraduate researchers (PGRs)

In this podcast, Dr Kerr Castle (QAA) chats with Mercy Mwansa (University of Leeds) and Rachel Van Krimpen (University of Nottingham) to discuss different barriers to success for postgraduate researchers. The discussion covers issues including mental health and wellbeing, imposter syndrome, the influence of research culture and perceptions of identity.

PODCAST - Making the business of assessment clear to all

In this episode, Amrita Narang (Quality Enhancement & Standards Specialist) chats with Dr Paul Campbell (University of Leicester), Bethany Sumner (University of Wolverhampton) and Dr Gary Hazeldine (Birmingham City University) about improving the experience of undergraduate students from different ethnic backgrounds and their award outcomes in assessment.

Collaborative Enhancement Projects

A number of our current Collaborative Enhancement Projects are focusing on equality, diversity and inclusivity. Groups of member institutions are working together to produce outputs for the sector including toolkits and reflective case studies.