Intentionality for inclusivity - the journey at Middlesex University

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Roberts, H., Punev, I., Allardyce, D., Kyprianou, A., Appiah, S., Megeney, A., Calin, A., Gallacher, D. and Mill, R. 2022. Intentionality for inclusivity - the journey at Middlesex University. McGraw Hill.
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TitleIntentionality for inclusivity - the journey at Middlesex University
AuthorsRoberts, H., Punev, I., Allardyce, D., Kyprianou, A., Appiah, S., Megeney, A., Calin, A., Gallacher, D. and Mill, R.
Abstract

Education has changed in a myriad of ways over the millennia, but one of the most noticeable areas is the makeup of the groups being taught. Centuries ago, learners were grouped based on their local area. Their backgrounds and ethnicities would usually be similar and in many cases, even their genders would be the same. Fast forward to the current day, and we find that across education settings, local learners make up a smaller percentage of the total group than those from further afield. In higher education especially, the number of students studying outside the country they were born in is notably high. Indeed, lecturers share anecdotes of their cohorts being made up of learners from over 60 nationalities. The variety of countries represented in a group of learners is not the only difference to consider in teaching today. Consideration needs to be given now to the different genders of learners, their sexuality, their marital and employment status, their mental health, their ability level and their preferred method of assessment, to name a few.
As such, issues of diversity are integral to teaching in 2022. The discourse around it and its sister topics, equity and inclusion, has become increasingly pertinent in the learning and education space. As a result, many institutions are years into their thinking about how best to support diversity, equity and inclusivity (DEI). In this paper, we shine a light on how DEI efforts at one university in the UK are being combined strategically with something else: intentionality. By definition, intentionality is the act of being deliberate or taking an action with purpose. At Middlesex University, it is explained as the difference between thinking about a topic passively and thinking about it proactively and then acting upon those thoughts.
In this paper, we look at how the institution has built a robust and holistic approach to DEI, blending intentionality with action, which has had excellent results.

Sustainable Development Goals4 Quality education
Middlesex University ThemeCreativity, Culture & Enterprise
PublisherMcGraw Hill
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Deposited29 Sep 2022
Accepted01 Sep 2022
Output statusAccepted
LanguageEnglish
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Owen, H., Vanhees, I., Solie, L., Roberts, S., Wauters, A., Luyten, F., Van Cromphaut, S. and Van den Berghe, G. 2012. Critical illness-related bone loss is associated with osteoclastic and angiogenic abnormalities. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. 27 (7), pp. 1541-1552. https://doi.org/10.1002/jbmr.1612
Transforming e-assessment for learning: developing an institution wide scaffold
Reid, C., Chapman, A. and Gallacher, D. 2012. Transforming e-assessment for learning: developing an institution wide scaffold. SOLSTICE and CLTR Conference. Edge HIll University 13 - 14 Jun 2012
Evaluation of herbs as potential alternatives for bear bile and rhino horn used in traditional Chinese medicines: chemical and biological analysis.
Appiah, S. 2006. Evaluation of herbs as potential alternatives for bear bile and rhino horn used in traditional Chinese medicines: chemical and biological analysis. PhD thesis Middlesex University School of Health and Social Sciences
Hypermethylation of CpG islands and shores around specific microRNAs and mirtrons is associated with the phenotype and presence of bladder cancer
Dudziec, E., Miah, S., Choudhry, H., Owen, H., Blizard, S., Glover, M., Hamdy, F. and Catto, J. 2011. Hypermethylation of CpG islands and shores around specific microRNAs and mirtrons is associated with the phenotype and presence of bladder cancer. Clinical Cancer Research. 17 (6), pp. 1287-1296. https://doi.org/10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-10-2017
Investigation of the safety and efficacy of Chinese herbs traditionally used to treat inflammatory diseases
Appiah, S., Kokubun, T., Bremner, P., Heinrich, M., Bell, C. and Simmonds, M. 2003. Investigation of the safety and efficacy of Chinese herbs traditionally used to treat inflammatory diseases. 10th Annual Symposium on Complementary Health Care. London, UK 21 - 22 Nov 2003
Herbal alternatives to bear bile: effects of scutellaria baicalensis Georgi on IL-6 promoter and CYP3A4 activities.
Appiah, S., Bremner, P., Kokubun, T., Russell, M., Bell, C., Heinrich, M. and Simmonds, M. 2006. Herbal alternatives to bear bile: effects of scutellaria baicalensis Georgi on IL-6 promoter and CYP3A4 activities. 13th Annual Symposium on Complementary Health Care. Exeter, UK 12 - 14 Dec 2006
Plant substances as alternatives for animal products in traditional medicines.
Bell, C., Simmonds, M., Appiah, S. and Howes, M. 2006. Plant substances as alternatives for animal products in traditional medicines. London Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Low frequency of epigenetic events in urothelial tumours from young patients
Catto, J., Owen, H., Giedl, J., Wild, P., Fine, S., Epstein, J., Humphrey, P., Dehner, L., Amin, M., Blaszyk, H., Hughes, D., Hartmann, A. and Stoehr, R. 2010. Low frequency of epigenetic events in urothelial tumours from young patients. European Urology Supplements. 9 (2), pp. 260-261. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1569-9056(10)60798-1
Low frequency of epigenetic events in urothelial tumors in young patients
Owen, H., Giedl, J., Wild, P., Fine, S., Humphrey, P., Dehner, L., Amin, M., Epstein, J., Blaszyk, H., Hughes, D., Hartmann, A., Stoehr, R. and Catto, J. 2010. Low frequency of epigenetic events in urothelial tumors in young patients. The Journal of Urology. 184 (2), pp. 459-463. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.juro.2010.03.131
Supporting the first year student experience through the use of learning technologies
Anagnostopoulou, K. and Parmar, D. 2010. Supporting the first year student experience through the use of learning technologies. London Middlesex University and the Higher Education Academy.
Whistleblowing at work: the results of a survey of procedures in further and higher education
Lewis, D., Kyprianou, A., Homewood, S. and Ellis, C. 2001. Whistleblowing at work: the results of a survey of procedures in further and higher education. Education and the law. 13 (3), pp. 215-225. https://doi.org/10.1080/09539960127292
A survey of confidential reporting procedures in English and Welsh local authorities
Lewis, D., Kyprianou, A. and Ellis, C. 2002. A survey of confidential reporting procedures in English and Welsh local authorities. Employers Organisation for Local Government. https://doi.org/.
Which diversity domains have most impact on student learning? An exploration of the inhibitors and facilitators of learning
Frame, P., O'Connor, J., Hartog, M. and Kyprianou, A. 2006. Which diversity domains have most impact on student learning? An exploration of the inhibitors and facilitators of learning. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. 5 (4), pp. 111-118.
Chondrocyte p21(WAF1/CIP1) expression is increased by dexamethasone but does not contribute to dexamethasone-induced growth retardation in vivo
Owen, H., Ahmed, S. and Farquharson, C. 2009. Chondrocyte p21(WAF1/CIP1) expression is increased by dexamethasone but does not contribute to dexamethasone-induced growth retardation in vivo. Calcified Tissue International and Musculoskeletal Research. 85 (4), pp. 326-334. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00223-009-9276-0
Distinct microRNA alterations characterize high- and low-grade bladder cancer
Catto, J., Miah, S., Owen, H., Bryant, H., Myers, K., Dudziec, E., Larré, S., Milo, M., Rehman, I., Rosario, D., Di Martino, E., Knowles, M., Meuth, M., Harris, A. and Hamdy, F. 2009. Distinct microRNA alterations characterize high- and low-grade bladder cancer. Cancer Research. 69 (21), pp. 8472-8481. https://doi.org/10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-09-0744
An exploration of perceptions of learning and e-learning held by students who withdraw and those who persist with UK higher education
Anagnostopoulou, K., Parmar, D. and Priego-Hernandez, J. 2009. An exploration of perceptions of learning and e-learning held by students who withdraw and those who persist with UK higher education. Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching (BeJLT). 2 (4).
Dexamethasone-induced expression of the glucocorticoid response gene lipocalin 2 in chondrocytes
Owen, H., Roberts, S., Ahmed, S. and Farquharson, C. 2008. Dexamethasone-induced expression of the glucocorticoid response gene lipocalin 2 in chondrocytes. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism. 294 (6), pp. E1023-E1034. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpendo.00586.2007
Identification of a novel splice variant of the haloacid dehalogenase: PHOSPHO1
Roberts, S., Owen, H. and Farquharson, C. 2008. Identification of a novel splice variant of the haloacid dehalogenase: PHOSPHO1. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 371 (4), pp. 872-876. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbrc.2008.04.163
The first year experience: approaches to enhancement
Parmar, D. 2008. The first year experience: approaches to enhancement. SEDA Educational Developments. 9 (1), pp. 24-26.
Final report to the Higher Education Academy. managing connections: using e-learning tracking information to improve retention rates in higher education
Anagnostopoulou, K., Preigo-Hernandez, J. and Parmar, D. 2008. Final report to the Higher Education Academy. managing connections: using e-learning tracking information to improve retention rates in higher education. Middlesex University.
Practical guide: bringing together e-learning and student retention
Anagnostopoulou, K. and Parmar, D. 2008. Practical guide: bringing together e-learning and student retention. Middlesex University.
Identification and functional involvement of lipocalin 2 in glucocorticoid-induced growth retardation
Owen, H., Ahmed, S. and Farquharson, C. 2007. Identification and functional involvement of lipocalin 2 in glucocorticoid-induced growth retardation. 29th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. Honolulu, HI 16 - 19 Sep 2007 Wiley.
The role of P21CIP1/WAF1 in glucocorticoid induced growth retardation
Owen, H., Ahmed, S. and Farquharson, C. 2007. The role of P21CIP1/WAF1 in glucocorticoid induced growth retardation. 2007 Annual Meeting of the Bone Research Society. Southampton, UK 03 - 05 Jul 2007 Wiley.
Identification of lipocalin 2, a novel glucocorticoid responsive gene in growth plate chondrocytes
Owen, H., Ahmed, S. and Farquharson, C. 2007. Identification of lipocalin 2, a novel glucocorticoid responsive gene in growth plate chondrocytes. 2007 Annual Meeting of the Bone Research Society. Southampton, UK 03 - 05 Jul 2007 Wiley.
The growth plate sparing effects of the selective glucocorticoid receptor modulator, AL-438
Owen, H., Miner, J., Ahmed, S. and Farquharson, C. 2007. The growth plate sparing effects of the selective glucocorticoid receptor modulator, AL-438. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology. 264 (1-2), pp. 164-70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mce.2006.11.006
An evaluation of the first year experience from the mature students' perspective; a multi-institutional comparison
Chapman, A., Parmar, D. and Trotter, E. 2007. An evaluation of the first year experience from the mature students' perspective; a multi-institutional comparison. Practitioner Research in Higher Education. 1 (1), pp. 15-19.
Glucocorticoids stimulate p21 expression in growth plate chondrocytes
Owen, H., Ahmed, S. and Farquharson, C. 2006. Glucocorticoids stimulate p21 expression in growth plate chondrocytes. 2006 Annual Meeting of the Bone Research Society. Southampton, UK 05 - 06 Jul 2006 Wiley.
Glucocorticoids induce lipocalin 2 gene expression in growth plate chondrocytes.
Owen, H., Ahmed, S. and Farquharson, C. 2006. Glucocorticoids induce lipocalin 2 gene expression in growth plate chondrocytes. 28th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. Philadelphia, PA 15 - 19 Sep 2006 Wiley.
The role of the 11 beta HSD shuttle in modulating the effects of proinflammatory cytokines on the growth plate
MacRae, V., Owen, H., Ahmed, S. and Farquharson, C. 2006. The role of the 11 beta HSD shuttle in modulating the effects of proinflammatory cytokines on the growth plate. 28th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. Philadelphia, PA 15 - 19 Sep 2006 Wiley.
A tale of two universities: meeting the induction needs of our students
Crooks, B. and Parmar, D. 2006. A tale of two universities: meeting the induction needs of our students. in: Hudson, T., Abramson, M., Acland, T., Braham, J., Hill, M., Lines, A., Mclinden, M., Saunders, D. and Storan, J. (ed.) Towards a global understanding of lifelong learning: making a difference UK FACE Forum for Access and Continuing Education. pp. 182-189
Learning through research: the first year experience from the mature students perspective
Parmar, D., Chapman, A. and Trotter, E. 2006. Learning through research: the first year experience from the mature students perspective. Higher Education Close Up 3 2006. Lancaster University 24 - 26 Jul 2006 Lancaster University.
A good start equals a good stay: providing a positive induction experience
Crooks, B. and Parmar, D. 2005. A good start equals a good stay: providing a positive induction experience. BERA 2005. Glamorgan 14 - 17 Sep 2005
Building success for all our students: enhancing the first year student experience
Parmar, D. 2005. Building success for all our students: enhancing the first year student experience. in: Rust, C. (ed.) Improving student learning: Diversity and Inclusivity Oxford, UK Oxford Brookes University.
Keeping our students: identifying factors that influence student withdrawal and strategies to enhance the experience and retention of first-year students
Trotter, E. and Parmar, D. 2004. Keeping our students: identifying factors that influence student withdrawal and strategies to enhance the experience and retention of first-year students. Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences. 1 (3), pp. 149-168. https://doi.org/10.1386/ltss.1.3.149/0