International Community of Practice: Toolkit for Inclusive Higher Education Institutions

This Community of Practice (CoP) brings together access and inclusion professionals from Higher and Further Education Institutions to discuss the use of the Toolkit for Inclusive Higher Education Institutions as part of a whole-institution approach to embedding inclusion.

To that end, the purpose of this Community of Practice is to create a forum that allows us to share good practice and lessons learned, to foster collaboration and build our capacity to successfully implement an institutional change programme for inclusion.

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Objectives

The objectives of the CoP will vary over time, but will include:

  • To identify and gather current implementation work being done by those using all or part of the Toolkit in their own institution/organisation as a catalyst for change.
  • To provide a forum for discussion of activities to aid in shared understanding and assist with planning and implementation of access/inclusion change programmes, inspired by or using the Toolkit.
  • To identify linkages and opportunities for collaborative strategic projects and to coordinate the delivery of identified shared projects.
  • To report on progress and provide updates of relevant projects and programmes.
  • To share resources as they are developed. All members are expected to share their expertise, and any documents or other resources they have which they think will be useful to all members. The sharing and use of resources will follow academic conventions where full attribution is given to the authors and their institution.
  • To share data collection mechanisms and results and research instruments which may be replicable/adaptable in other institutions.
  • To provide an informal point of contact for members for consultation on institutional access/inclusion issues as they arise.

Current membership of the Community includes:

  • Bas Koelewijn & Sterre Mkatini - University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Lisa Waals - UCCL, Flanders, Belgium
  • Susan de Rouw - TU Delft, The Netherlands                    
  • Femke Willekens - Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • Aurelie van 't Slot & Gianelle Vacca - Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Peter Siebrecht - Hanzehogeschool Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Brit Giesbertz - University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands    
  • Joëlle Schut - Expert Centre on Inclusive Education, The Netherlands
  • Rosario Ryan - Maynooth University, Ireland
  • James Northridge - University College Cork, Ireland
  • Conor Thompson - National College of Ireland
  • Carolee Clyne - BCcampus, Canada
  • Manuel João Tavares Mendes Costa - Universidade do Minho, Portugal
  • Alexandra Isabel Cardador de Queirós - Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

This Community of Practice recognises that its members are at various stages of implementing change and face different specific institutional challenges. New members are always welcome to join this Community of Practice - please email Universityforall@ucd.ie to be added to the group.