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Internationalisation and Equality and Diversity in Higher Education: Merging Identities


The principal aim of this project funded by Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) was to identify the advantages of building on the intersection of Internationalisation and Equality and Diversity (E and D) agendas through an exploration of the effective mechanisms for linking E and D and internationalisation policies, structures and activities within a small sample of institutions.

Focussing on six heterogeneous universities located in Australia, England and Wales the research provides an in-depth account of good practice, benefits as well as challenges emerging within different institutional contexts.

The project considers the influence of profile, geographical location and size on the rationale for internationalisation and potential for synergy with Equality and Diversity. It therefore provides a detailed analysis of universities’ internationalisation and equality and diversity policy and strategy statements and investigates how these translate into practice in terms of performance, accessibility and visibility.

Complementing this analysis are insights into how senior managers with particular responsibility for teaching and learning, Heads of Equality and Diversity units, International Offices and International Development functions etc. formulate and interpret mission and policy, determine strategy and reflect on good practice, benefits and challenges in the field.

Adopting a multi-level approach to internationalisation and Equality and Diversity the project provides an in-depth account of awareness, commitment, understanding and involvement of domestic and international staff and students, and other key players whilst providing examples of good practice and synergy and areas of potential improvement in the two fields.

Key outputs:

  • Caruana, V. and Ploner, J. (2010) Internationalisation and Equality and Diversity: Merging identities London: ECU available here.
  • Caruana, V and Ploner, J. (2010) Joining up agendas: internationalisation and equality and diversity in HE London: ECU available here.
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