Equality, diversity & inclusion
in higher education


Emerald and SDGs
An Emerald mission in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

This mission explores how higher education institutions value equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and can take active steps to provide an inclusive environment for students, staff and visitors irrespective of their age, disability, gender re-assignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief (or non-belief), sex and sexual orientation.

Join us in our mission to learn how, in partnership with some of our authors and experts from the community, we’ve been exploring this subject.

We’re inviting authors to publish with us in the field of education, so if you are working on an article or would like to contribute a blog or commentary then we’d love to hear from you.

This mission is aligned with our Quality education for all goal


Equality, diversity and inclusion in higher education

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) issues have been on the higher education agenda for many years, but recent events have brought the issue into sharper focus. Leading EDI efforts on university campuses is vital work.

In this webinar, the expert panel explores how higher education institutions around the world are providing an inclusive environment for all people, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, religion, age, or disability.

EDI & the university

In this podcast episode we talk to the University of Bradford about the role the university can play in social mobility, anti-racism, employability and decolonisation.

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“What should I say to my employer… if anything?”- My disability disclosure dilemma

Jennifer Elizabeth Marshall, Colm Fearon, Marianne Highwood, Katy Warden

Research exploring the key issues surrounding teacher/staff disability disclosures in the UK's further education sector.

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Addressing the disability disclosure dilemma

Historically, disabilities have been stigmatised and labelled as problems instead of normal human variations.

Workplace disclosure of one's physical or invisible disability is emotionally difficult and can affect the person's mental health and work.

This is more pronounced in people associated with the education sector.

What are the main limitations of disability disclosures in the education sector?

Semi-structured interviews with teachers and staff from a further education institute in the UK

Teachers/staff with disability:

  • Are less likely to disclose their disabilities, especially learning disabilities, like dyslexia
  • Perceive or are sensitive to the perception of one's disabilities as deficits or an embarrassment
  • May choose to not disclose disability a second time owing to fear of negative reactions and repercussions or previous bad experiences

Deterrents to disability disclosure:

  • Systemic bias that goes unrecognised, ignored, and unaddressed
  • Inclusion initiatives in the education sector that mainly focus on students and popular social issues
  • Disability disclosures requiring unending explanations, causing stress, anxiety, and emotional fatigue
  • Variable interpretation of 'reasonable adjustments' for disabled staff by different employers

Educational institutes should nurture a "culture of disability disclosure" by abating negative attitudes and supporting employees with any kind of disability, visible or invisible.

"What Should I Say to My Employer… if Anything?"- My Disability Disclosure Dilemma
Jennifer Elizabeth Marshall, Colm Fearon, Marianne Highwood, & Katy Warden

Featured blogs


Learning to level-up? Taking action to supporting working-class boys in education


Author: Dr Alex Blower

Dr Alex Blower discusses taking action to support working-class boys in education, due to the stark disparity in educational outcomes and progression for young men.


Building a platform for global teaching competencies to advance equitable education in diverse classrooms

Joyce A. Pittman

Author: Joyce A. Pittman

Dr Joyce Pittman highlights the impacts of the research, including the launch of a five-year research study on developing teachers' global teaching competency skills.


Ain’t I a scholar? Black women & misogynoir in the academy

Authors: Shamella Cromartie and Brandi N Hinnant-Crawford

It is often said amongst the Black community that, 'you have to be twice as good for half as much', and black women tend to embody that belief.


It’s the small things that matter: zine making as a creative approach within tertiary education

Author: Dr Dianne Wepa.

Dr Dianne Wepa discusses using a creative teaching approach to highlight strategies to address loneliness, particularly since a return to face-to-face teaching post COVID-19.


Professionalisation of EDI in higher education: challenges and opportunities

Author: Claire Hann, University of Oxford

With more and more people working in EDI roles in universities, we are seeing greater calls for these roles to be professionalised. But what might this look like, and what benefits could it have?


'Coming out' – my disability disclosure dilemma

Author: Jennifer Elizabeth Marshall

The education sector plays a critical role in addressing the inequities faced by the workforce, students, and in society. Jennifer discusses disabilities and how education leaders must take action to transform the culture.


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Calls for papers

We’re looking for articles to publish in the following journals. Find out about the journals aims, typical areas of interest and how to submit by clicking through the cards below.

special issue

Journal for Multicultural Education

Volume 16 Issue 3 - Preserving Black Lives through Transformative Pedagogies in Education

policy brief

Can industrial revolution 4.0 increase access and equity to HE In S.E. Asia?

policy brief

Ensuring UK first-in-family students get full value from HE during the cost-of-living crisis

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The global inclusivity report 2022

As part of our ever-evolving understanding of what inequality feels like and how we may continue to tackle it, we have commissioned a second global report on inclusivity.

This report presents the results of a survey that we sent to over 150,000 researchers across the globe who have previously authored with us, as well as other academics via social media.

Talk to us about your work

We really welcome insights not only from researchers but practitioners too about their work.

If you would like to contribute to the discussion, or you are working on research in areas related to equality, diversity and inclusion in Higher Education, please let us know by filling in this form.

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