The Code of Practice is organised into the following themes, with ‘Inclusivity’ embedded in each:
- Inclusive learning and teaching
- Inclusive assessment and feedback
- Research-led, practice-driven learning
- Technology enhanced learning
- Student professional and academic development
- Student opportunities
Swansea University’s approach to Learning, Teaching and Assessment is founded upon the following core principles, derived from the 7 Characteristics of a Good Teacher programme developed by the Swansea Academy for Learning and Teaching. Through these 6 key themes, and in-line with the 7 characteristics, the code of practice aims to guide colleagues in areas such as inclusive learning and teaching, active learning, communication and co-creation between staff and students, and effective assessment and feedback.
The themes have been designed to meet the expectations and practices outlined in the outlined in the UK Quality Code for Higher Education and the guiding principles included in the Advice and Guidance for Learning and Teaching and Assessment and Feedback.
The principles, policies and processes relating to Learning, Teaching and Assessment will be reviewed annually.
Core Principle: Inclusive Learning, Teaching, Assessment and Feedback
What is inclusion?
The underlying values of inclusion are:
- Each person has a unique capacity and worth;
- Differences are respected and valued;
- All are welcome, everyone belongs;
- Everyone can participate, learn and contribute;
- You can always learn from another person, especially someone who thinks differently;
- We have a responsibility and an opportunity to give everyone the chance to be involved and contribute;
- Processes seek to include people; and
- People respect one another.
Why is it important that learning, teaching and assessment are inclusive?
Inclusivity is important because the University is committed to:
- Attracting students from groups under-represented in higher education;
- Retaining students;
- Supporting student progression;
- Enabling successful course completion and good student outcomes;
- Responding appropriately to Welsh Government policy;
- Complying with legislation;
- And, most importantly, providing an excellent experience for all students.
Students come from a wide range of backgrounds and all have individual approaches to learning and development, meaning that a standardised approach to education can potentially exclude people.
Swansea University’s Inclusive Strategy
Swansea University will continue to develop an environment in which students are able to learn and grow, feel part of a community, have a sense of belonging and develop social capital. The University’s strategy is available from the Swansea University Strategy for Inclusivity and Widening Access 2017-2020 webpage.
Who is responsible for ensuring inclusivity?
It is the responsibility of all University employees to be inclusive in their behaviours, attitudes, practices and processes, embed inclusive practice into their work and to ensure they understand the legal and moral frameworks and expectations in relation to inclusivity.