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1 Launch of the Centre for Research in Education Inclusion & Diversity 4th November 2004, 4.30pm Godfrey Thomson Hall

2 Chair & Welcome Professor Pamela Munn Head of the Moray House School of Education The University of Edinburgh

3 Promoting Inclusion & Diversity at the University of Edinburgh Professor Vicki Bruce Head of College, School of Humanities & Social Science The University of Edinburgh

4 College of Humanities and Social Science Approx 60% of students at UoE (>12,000) 10 ‘Schools’ accommodating c staff Enormous range of disciplines Depth and breadth (e.g. 17 languages in LLC) Schools operating rather like mini-faculties – important to have strong cross-cutting activities too. College of Humanities and Social Science

5 Key Strategic Issues for HSS Research Staff and employment issues Teaching and learning issues Resources College of Humanities and Social Science

6 CREID Coordinating excellent research, fundable by a range of external agencies Promoting interdisciplinary links between MHSE and other schools Thereby developing research capacity in staff within and beyond Moray House School of Education Research themes resonate with our mission to widen participation in higher education by under-represented groups (UoE new admissions policy) For the above reasons the College has invested resource in the foundation of this Centre College of Humanities and Social Science

7 Inclusion and diversity Range of disciplines Styles of research Levels of participation CREID joins a range of other cross-cutting Centres, funded by ESRC, AHRB, SHEFC and other funders. College of Humanities and Social Science

8 Working Together: Inclusion & Diversity Across Agencies Graham Donaldson Senior Chief Inspector of Education HM Inspectorate of Education

9 Challenges for Inclusion & Diversity in Higher Education Professor Janet Finch Vice Chancellor Keele University Chair of Equality Challenge Unit Management Board

10 Three Questions What is the problem? What are the drivers for change? What are the priorities?

11 What is the problem? Patterns of employment Legislation: ‘distance from target’ Credibility of sector: high profile

12 Internal drivers (sector/institutions) Dissonance: composition of student vs staff bodies Expectations of our staff and students Responsibility to communities within and outside HEIs What are the drivers for change?

13 External drivers: Legislation Good practice (impact on recruitment, retention, etc)

14 What are the priorities? Mainstreaming equal opportunities/diversity Cultural change: everyone’s business Leadership

15 Challenges for Inclusion & Diversity in Scottish Education Heather Jones Head of Pupil Support & Inclusion Scottish Executive

16 Inclusion & Diversity: The Emerging Research Agenda Professor Sheila Riddell Director of CREID The University of Edinburgh

17 Established with support of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences & the Moray House School of Education Launch: 4th November, 5.00p.m. Godfrey Thomson Hall, the Moray House School of Education Website: Centre for Research in Education Inclusion & Diversity, University of Edinburgh CREID

18 CREID’s mission is to undertake research which explores issues of inclusion and exclusion for children and adults in education and related social policy fields, including training, employment, health and social care. The Centre aims to undertake high quality research to inform policy and practice geared towards the pursuit of equality, social justice and social inclusion for a wide range of disadvantaged groups. Centre for Research in Education Inclusion & Diversity, University of Edinburgh Mission Statement

19 Staff: Centre Director: Professor Sheila Riddell Deputy Director: Dr Anne Stafford Research Fellow: Dr Elisabet Weedon Centre Administrator: Catherine Burns Affiliates: Professor Pamela Munn Dr Gwynedd Lloyd Dr Paul Nisbet Dr Ernst Thoutenhoofd Professor Lyn Tett Centre for Research in Education Inclusion & Diversity, University of Edinburgh

20 Education & Children’s Services Equality & inclusion: one of five National Priorities established by the Scottish Executive Education Department Statutory duty on education authorities to set out in their annual improvement plans how they will encourage equal opportunities in their schools. New legislation - Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 – intended to encompass more exclusion/vulnerable children For Scotland’s Children – emphasis on inter-agency working between health, education and social work Establishment of the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland Themes developed in current work on school discipline, restorative practices, EPSRC proposal on children’s use of the web Centre for Research in Education Inclusion & Diversity, University of Edinburgh The Centre’s Areas of Interest

21 Government policy on lifelong learning, training and employment stresses principles of inclusion and diversity. Working Together for a Healthier Scotland - Links education, training, employment & health Widening access to higher education – key theme of government policy Themes developed in current work on disabled students’ experience of higher education, disabled people & employment, EU Sixth Framework project on European policy on lifelong learning & EU EQUAL projects on gender segregation of labour market & worklife adaptability Centre for Research in Education Inclusion & Diversity, University of Edinburgh Lifelong Learning

22 Proposal for Equality & Human Rights Commission, replacing the commissions for disability, race and gender in line with the European Employment Directives. Discrimination unlawful in relation to six equality strands (gender, ‘race’, disability, religion, sexual orientation and age). Emphasis on ‘mainstreaming’ – implications for policy & identity Public sector duty to promote equality in relation to race (RRAA, 2000) & disability (new Disability Bill) Different approaches to equality in devolved UK administrations Theme reflected in ESRC seminar series: Public Policy & Equality in the Context of Devolution and grant application planned for ESRC programme on Public Services Centre for Research in Education Inclusion & Diversity, University of Edinburgh Equality & Human Rights Commission

23 Develop links with individuals & Centres in different parts of University of Edinburgh, other Scottish, UK and European universities Education major focus of interest – but also policy arenas interfacing with education Types of research: policy analysis, analysis of large datasets, in-depth qualitative studies work, evaluations of policy innovations Develop research team with range of research skills, different disciplinary bases, strong links with policy and practice community Centre for Research in Education Inclusion & Diversity, University of Edinburgh Future Plans

24 Enhancing the quality and outcomes of disabled students’ learning in higher education, Funder: ESRC, Dates : 2004 – Disabled People and Direct Payments in the Context of Devolution, Funder: ESRC, Dates: 2004 – 2006 Evaluation of the Discipline Task Group Recommendations: The Deployment of Additional Staff to Promote Positive School Discipline, Funder: Scottish Executive Education Department, Dates: 2003 – Evaluation of the Scottish Pilot of Restorative Practices in School Settings, Funder: Education Department, Dates: 2004 – School Discipline in Scotland: A Literature Review, Funder: Scottish Executive Education Department, Dates: Public Policy, Equality and Diversity: A Seminar Series, Funder: ESRC, Dates: 2004 Disability and Employment in Scotland: A Review of the Evidence Base, Funder: Scottish Executive Equalities Unit, Dates: Parenting & Children’s Resilience in Disadvantaged Communities, Funder: JRF, Dates: finish 2005 Children’s Resilience: Negotiating Opportunities and Threats in Disadvantaged Communities, Funder: JRF, Dates: finish 2005 Report of a Literature Review on Parenting & Resilience, Funder: JRF, Dates: finish 2005 Centre for Research in Education Inclusion & Diversity, University of Edinburgh Current Projects

25 Questions Professor Pamela Munn Head of Moray House School of Education University of Edinburgh

26 CLOSE Professor Sheila Riddell Director of CREID University of Edinburgh


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