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Embedding EDI into Teaching and Learning activities

This page is intended to assist staff with some useful information and resources on how you might embed EDI issues into your Teaching and Learning activities.  This section will be updated on an ongoing basis, so please check in regularly for additional resources.

The University for All Initiative, led by the Access and Lifelong Learning (ALL) Unit at UCD, is outlined in this short video presentation which can be  found here.   

This Toolkit For Inclusive Higher Education Institutions, developed by UCD’s ALL Unit, is available here.

Universal Design is an approach to designing university teaching and learning to meet the learning needs of all students.  UCD’s report on Universal Design for Curriculum Design can be found here.

This “Hitchhiker’s Guide” to Alternative Assessment, underpinned by the principles of Universal Design, can be found here

The AHEAD organisation  (a  non-profit organisation working to  create inclusive  environments in education and employment for people with disabilities)  has an informative Guide to Inclusive Teaching Strategies which can be found here.     

The AHEAD organisation and Dr. Lisa Padden of UCD developed this webinar on the topic of  Inclusive Assessment and Feedback which can be found here.   

You can find a comprehensive set of Case Studies on Inclusive Assessment and Feedback, co-edited by Dr. Lisa Padden of UCD,  in the report which can be found here.

Kingston University compiled this short video resource on Developing an Inclusive Curriculum which can be found here.  

This short report produced by AHEAD and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education highlights  10 Ways to Ensure that Online Assessment is Accessible and Inclusive.  You can find it here.

  • A brief factsheet on Ten Measures to Advance Gender Equity in Teaching and Learning Activities compiled here for University Sciences Po.
  • This poster from the Institute of Physics addresses similar issues.
  • This article by Prof. Jennifer Elwood addresses the main issues impacting on gender and the curriculum and ultimately how these intersect and impact on students’ learning. 
  • See this comprehensive toolkit on mainstreaming gender into teaching and learning from the Commonwealth of Learning Initiative, which can be found here

Professor Marie Clarke of UCD co-authored a very interesting report on The Internationalisation of Irish Education which can be found here.

This useful report prepared by the International Education Association of Australia, which covers Good Practice in Teaching Across Cultures, can be found here.

This is an interesting report on the topic of Culturally Responsive Assessment Approaches -  appropriate to the needs of an increasingly diverse student body.  It can be found here.

This report from the Higher Education Academy addresses the topic of Engaging Home and International Students.  It can be found here

This short guide from Plymouth University addresses the issue of Unconscious Bias in Teaching.  It can be found here.


UCD’S  ALL Unit  has very comprehensive guidance on their website for staff who wish to support students with disabilities.  The link can be found here.   



In May 2021 the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science hosted an EDI focused teaching and learning day for all staff. Contibutors include staff members, colleagues from within UCD and external guest speakers. Presentations from the event can be downloaded below:


UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science

Agriculture and Food Science Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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