Welcome to podcast episode 12: Diversity and inclusion at the heart of curriculum review.
The Teaching Matters podcast accompanies and complements the Teaching Matters blog, adding another space for students and staff to have conversations and debates around learning and teaching at the University of Edinburgh. Students and staff are invited to engage in topical conversations, which are recorded and edited as podcast episodes. Episodes 12 to 14 align with the Inclusivity in the Curriculum mini-series, which was co-edited by members of a task group established by the Senate Learning and Teaching Committee to promote inclusion, equality and diversity in the curriculum.
Episodes 12 and 13 are hosted by Diva Mukherji, Vice President Education at Edinburgh University Students’ Association in academic year 2018/19. In both episodes, Diva is joined by Diljeet Bhachu, (PhD student at Reid School of Music, Edinburgh College of Art), Rosie Taylor (BSc Biological Sciences student), and Dr Katie Nicoll Baines (Project Manager, Evidence Base, School of Chemistry).
In today’s episode, episode 12, Diva invites a discussion around the idealistic question: If we placed diversity and inclusion at the heart of a curriculum review, what would this look like?
Diva, Diljeet, Rosie and Katie chat about their understanding of the terms ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion’, what these terms mean within HE, and The University of Edinburgh more specifically, the possible limitations of this terminology, and what a curriculum review can do to actually embed ideas of diversity and inclusion in a meaningful way.
In episode 13, Diva, Katie, Rosie and Diljeet continue their conversation about embedding inclusivity and diversity in the curriculum. They debate about who is responsible for ensuring the curriculum is genuinely diverse and inclusive, and the emotional labour this generates for both staff and students.
Teaching Matters podcast credits:
Guest host: Diva Mukherji (Edinburgh University Students’ Association)
Director and Editor: Jenny Scoles and Sarah Thomas (IAD)
Advisors: Brian Connolly (Academic Services), Anne-Marie Scott (Learning, Teaching and Web, IS), and Dr Katherine Inglis (School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures)