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Best practice in diversifying reading lists


1. Introduction

This staff guide provides examples of best practice and reading list tools which help to diversify the curriculum.

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2. Best practice and reading list tools

Title Description
Bournemouth University’s Diversity and Equality reading list Reading list created to support Bournemouth University Students' Union's diversity campaign in November 2018. These books were chosen by the librarians responsible for Health & Social Sciences, Management, Media & Communication and Science & Technology.
Diversity reading list A practical resource to help academics include authors from under-represented groups in teaching.
Decolonising reading lists This resource is designed to help you decolonise your reading lists as a course team, with support from librarians and in collaboration with students. It can be used by course teams to examine and reflect on their reading lists and provides some practical approaches to evaluating and sourcing alternative texts, to make sure that texts support a plurality of narratives.
HEA guidelines and bibliography A model for learning and teaching practitioners to help embed equality and diversity in the curriculum. Also includes a bibliography to guide practitioners in the pertinent literature.
Manchester Metropolitan University - Diversify your reading list Guidance on how to represent diverse perspectives and authors in reading lists.
Manchester Metropolitan University: Reading list examples - BAME books and eBooks A selection of books and eBooks showcasing materials relating to minority ethnic groups across a wide range of disciplines.
Manchester Metropolitan University: Reading list examples - BAME TV, Film and Radio A collection of shows which detail the achievements and struggles of communities which identify as Black, Asian or another Ethnic Minority.
Manchester Metropolitan University: Reading list example - Decolonising and diversifying reading lists A selection of online texts and resources to help you explore some of the ongoing debates and discussion around decolonising reading lists, library collections and university curricula.
Oxford Brookes University - Diversifying the curriculum Information on the 'Diversifying the Curriculum' workstrand of Oxford Brookes University's PESE2 Inclusive, Multi-Modal Learning Environment project (2015 - 2017).
 Open University Seminar  Avoid photocopying the past: re-designing HEIs to reduce inequitable outcomes for BAME students
Oxford Brookes University - Knowledge sources for inclusive curriculum: Business reading list A reading list for Business staff at Oxford Brookes University, developed as part of the 'Diversifying the Curriculum' workstrand of Oxford Brookes University's PESE2 Inclusive, Multi-Modal Learning Environment project (2015 - 2017).
Resources for diversifying reading lists Resources for diversifying reading lists in a Padlet/Pinterest style notice board. Included are alternative publishers, useful networks or suggested academics and readings. Originally curated by the Academic Liaison Team, University of Kent.
Swansea University - Diversify your reading list A brief guide, written by Dr Mrinalini Greedharry  (School of Management, University of Swansea) helps explain what diversifying means in the context of the contemporary university, and offers some practical considerations for how to begin diversifying our teaching and learning environment.
Swansea University - Diversifying library collections Library webpage where students can suggest resources. Also includes BME,LGBT+ Black History reading lists.
UCL - Liberating the reading list The Liberating the Curriculum (LTC) working group at University College London is a group of staff and students formed to address the issue of an inclusive curriculum. They work to challenge traditional Eurocentric, male dominated curricula and to ensure the work of marginalised scholars on race, sexuality, gender and disability are fairly represented in curricula.


Page last updated: 04/03/2021

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