What this Toolkit is about
University internationalisation efforts have resulted in an increasingly diverse student and staff profile.
Internationalisation also brings out key equality and diversity features within institutions, namely cultural, faith, linguistic and ethnic diversity. Consideration of race equality matters will assist an institution’s capacity to support its internationalisation strategy. Race equality initiatives can assist, for example, in developing inclusive approaches to both the informal and formal curricula, which will benefit international students and can be a significant contributor to sustaining an institution’s internationalisation strategy. This may be even more important for institutions located in areas which do not offer natural support for developing cultural diversity through local community networks which are multicultural.
In particular, consideration of race equality in learning and teaching can contribute to
- developing a curriculum that better engages with diversity and global perspectives;
- developing staff awareness about more inclusive pedagogical approaches when working with ethnically diverse groups of learners;
- assisting staff to engage with the discourse between “commonality and difference”;
- the promotion of good relations between people of different ethnic/cultural groups.
As part of their internationalisation activities, many HEIs now have campuses abroad and collaborate with international providers to deliver courses. While the laws and cultural considerations of each country form the basis of the contract for overseas campuses, in drawing up their contractual arrangements (e.g. the leasing of estates and issues of accessibility) or in the delivery of services, institutions should attempt, as part of their quality and standards framework, to comply with UK equalities legislation (e.g. equal opportunities and good selection practice). Attention should also be given to the promotion of an inclusive campus culture that promotes equality of opportunity and encourages good relations between individuals of different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.