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Group of women holding up booklets with balloons in the background. new inclusive curriculum toolkit for use across the TU sector at today’s Equitas Conference, hosted by TUS Group of women holding up booklets with balloons in the background. new inclusive curriculum toolkit for use across the TU sector at today’s Equitas Conference, hosted by TUS

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TUS-hosted Equitas Conference sees launch of a new inclusive curriculum toolkit

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TUS-hosted Equitas Conference sees launch of a new inclusive curriculum toolkit. Carol Wrenn, Equality Diversity and Inclusion Manager TUS; Allison Kenneally, VP for Equality Diversity Inclusion SETU; Siobhán Kangataran, Equality Diversity and Inclusion Manager MTU; and Mary Nestor, Equality Diversity and Inclusion Manager ATU.

TUS-hosted Equitas Conference sees the launch of a new inclusive curriculum toolkit for use across the Technological University sector

South East Technological University (SETU), Munster Technological University (MTU), Atlantic Technological University (ATU), and Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS) launched a new inclusive curriculum toolkit for use across the TU sector at today’s Equitas Conference, hosted by TUS.

This toolkit has been developed as part of the Embedding Equality Diversity & Inclusion in the Curriculum of the new Technological University Sector (EDIT) Project and is designed as a practical guide to support the Technological University (TU) sector to implement inclusive curriculum principles across their universities.

The toolkit is intended as a practical guide for use by departments and their academic and professional staff at all levels to support them to embed equality, diversity, and inclusion in the curriculum and related areas of practice. It aims to make higher education in the sector an inclusive and positive experience that welcomes diverse students and supports them to succeed. The technological universities developed the toolkit with expertise available through Advance HE, and with funding from the Higher Education Authority under its Gender Equality Enhancement Fund.


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The launch of the toolkit took place at the national Equitas – EDI in Higher Education Conference held in TUS last week. Speaking at the launch, Dr. Allison Kenneally, Vice President of South East Technological University, which led the project, said “I am truly delighted to launch the EDIT toolkit here today, amongst such a wonderful community of EDI professionals, academics and researchers across the island of Ireland. This toolkit is the culmination of over two years work, and is the product of significant consultation with our colleagues across our universities.

“In the TU sector, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure that EDI becomes a key feature of our student experience through our curricula content and delivery, and this toolkit aims to provide the very tools needed to ensure that we seize this opportunity. It will be of practical use, not only in TUs but in all HEIs and indeed, to the further education sector. We hope that it inspires and challenges us all who work in HEIs to do better, and that ultimately, it will help contribute to better experiences and outcomes for both our students and society.”

Siobhán Kangataran, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, MTU, said, “The Embedding EDI in the Curriculum (EDIT) project was designed to support staff in higher education with building and delivering more inclusive content and learning experiences for all students to ensure no one is left behind.

“With the formation of new technological universities, we have the opportunity to build in new ways of teaching and learning, and with the support of staff and students, we have built this new charter and toolkit to help us all to achieve our shared goals of equality, diversity and inclusion.”

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