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Diversity and Innovation Project Publish Phase I Report

Diversity and Innovation Project Publish Phase I Report

  • Date19 August 2019

The Diversity and Innovation Project in the Department of Law and Criminology have published their report on Phase I of their project. The aim of the project was to understand the ‘make-up’ of the our undergraduate students in terms of diversity and attainment and devise innovative teaching practices to cater for their differing needs.


Diversity and Innovation team members Dr Aislinn O’Connell, Dr Michelle Webster, Dr Rita D’Alton-Harrison (project lead), and Dr David Yuratich.

Please contact any member of the project team if you would like any further information, help or assistance.


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Background Reading

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University of Birmingham (2017) Equality Scheme 2016-2020 Advancing Equality, Valuing Diversity, Available at: [Accessed: December 2018]


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