Higher Education: An Inclusive Environment?
Inclusion in education is a topical issue but the focus is often on compulsory education. However, there has not been such attention paid to what this means in a Higher Education context. The move away from a focus on individual deficit to education for all entails a shift in how we conceptualise learners. Ensuring that all have equitable opportunity to demonstrate and develop their abilities requires a reflection on how structures and systems include or exclude. This session will explore the contested concept of inclusive education and the implications for research, teaching and supervision in a Russell Group university. Dr Margaret Sutherland is Director of Post Graduate Research and Senior Lecturer in inclusive education at the University of Glasgow. She is the Director of the Scottish Network for Able Pupils, an organisation that seeks to raise awareness about highly able pupils and work with teachers and schools to disseminate teaching and learning developments within the research field. She has 38 years teaching experience in mainstream primary schools, behaviour support and latterly in higher education and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has written in the field of gifted education and is the author of a number of academic papers, chapters and books on the subject. She is a member of the Scottish Universities Inclusion Group. She has led seminars across the UK and has been invited to work with staff and students in Africa, Europe, Australasia and North America.