Valuing diversity and establishing an approach to supporting excluded groups

Jenna Tudor, Roger Penlington

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Abstract

Minority students and minority employees in Higher Engineering Education experience inequality. For academic staff these inequalities impact their personal development and career progression. To continue to grow and for engineering education to thrive as a professional discipline we must encourage diversity within both the student and staff populations. This paper cautions against a simple notion of diversity, rather a truly diverse culture within engineering is
needed, one in which there is diversity of opportunity, diversity of thought and diversity of experience. To enable a more inclusive environment to flourish we must understand the scale of the inequalities which exist. However, this paper demonstrates that there are significant limitations to the current diversity data within the UK which leaves room for under-reporting and over-generalising. In addition, there are cultural challenges which give further likelihood to
non-disclosure and lack of self-reporting.
This paper proposes that further research is needed into the true lack of diversity within engineering and describes one example of a ‘thought experiment’ conducted by the researchers to start unpacking the data and highlighting the scale of the issue.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Proceedings of the 7th Annual Conference of the UK & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network
Subtitle of host publicationExcellence in Engineering Education for the 21st Century:The Role of Engineering Education Research
EditorsJane Andrews, Graeme Knowles, Robin Clark
Place of PublicationCoventry
PublisherWMG, University of Warwick
Pages164-175
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780993424571
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2020
EventUK And Ireland 7th Engineering Education Research Network Annual Symposium: Excellence in Engineering Education for the 21st Century: The Role of Engineering Education Research - WMG, International Manufacturing Centre, University of Warwick, Warwick, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Dec 201917 Dec 2019
https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/mediacentre/wmgevents/eern/

Conference

ConferenceUK And Ireland 7th Engineering Education Research Network Annual Symposium
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityWarwick
Period16/12/1917/12/19
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