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

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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What's in the infographic

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


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

Authors: Shamella Cromartie, Associate Dean of Hunter Library and Brandi N Hinnant-Crawford, Associate Professor of Educational Research at Western Carolina University/

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.


Is there enough support available for female academics from BAME backgrounds?

Author: Dr Yaz Osho, Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster and founder of the Black Academic Network (BAN) and Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic Women in Academic Support Network (BAMEWA).

Dr Yaz Osho talks about the need to amplify academics of colour voices and the impact of universities’ colonial legacy on curricula and frame.


Leveraging the diversity throughout my global political economy undergraduate tutorials

Mr. Adrian LAM Man-Ho, Course Tutor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration in the Faculty of Social Sciences

Adrian LAM Man-Ho talks about his strategies to recognise, value, and engage the ‘diverse’ classroom to enhance student learning.


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.


Jurisprudence and Ketanji Brown Jackson: Another reason why Black (Juris Doctorates) Matter

Pamela Felder-Small, PhD, Founder and Consultant, Black Doctorates Matter

In this blog, Pamela discusses the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman nominated to The Supreme Court.


'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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Free to access articles

Informal community spaces, mentoring and representation: unpacking factors that influence African American engineering undergraduates

Anu Tuladhar, Carin Queener, Joi-Lynn Mondisa, Chinedum Okwudire
International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education 


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?

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