Developing a Culturally Sensitive Curriculum

Date: 22nd November 2022

Location: This event will be held online

Please note this event is for Members only

In 2020-21 there was a difference of 17.4 percentage points between the proportion of white and black students getting a 1st or 2:1 (Source: OfS).

To address this gap, the OfS has set a national target for HEIs England wishing to charge higher fees:

To eliminate the unexplained gap in degree outcomes (1sts or 2:1s) between white students and black students by 2024-25, and to eliminate the absolute gap (the gap caused by both structural and unexplained factors) by 2030-31

How do we remove the degree awarding gap within higher educational institutions? How can research help us to understand students’ experience of the curriculum and the impact on their studies? What are the next steps for developing initiatives that can account for the multiplicity of student identities?

Come along to this event to hear the findings from our NERUPI collaborative research project and the University of Kent, to trial a Culturally Sensitive Curricula Scale (CSCS). This tool, developed by Dr Dave S. P. Thomas and Dr Kathleen M. Quinlan, aims to measure students’ perceptions of how culturally sensitive their curriculum is and to explore the impact on their studies.

The CSCS has been trialled at six universities in the NERUPI network covering four key programmes areas of study within the humanities, health and social sciences. The tool measures students’ perceptions of their curriculum including their engagement, interactions with teachers and interest in the subject.

By attending this event, you will learn more about how the CSCS was developed and implemented, and how it can be utilised as a tool to contribute to greater student engagement and more equitable outcomes.

The event will include the opportunity to connect with fellow NERUPI members in interactive discussions on how you could implement the CSCS within your institution

Source: Gap in degree outcomes (1sts or 2:1s) between white students and black students - Office for Students

This event will take place online from 9.45am - 3.00pm.

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22 Nov 2022 - NERUPI event programme