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Equal Opportunities and Diversity for Lecturers

The heterogeneity of the students confronts lecturers with different prerequisites, needs and expectations regarding  content and didactics. At first glance, thinking about inclusive practices may seem a challenging task. Dealing with gender and diversity in teaching requires time, sometimes also some persistence and conflict management, the development of gender and diversity competence for teaching is a process. But above all it is an opportunity and it benefits  you and your students. Because:
Everyone benefits from an atmosphere in which teaching and learning can take place without fear. 

On these pages, we would like to provide you with helpful resources that can assist you in designing your courses and lectures. 


Ressources at the University of Bayreuth

Online-Courses on Accessible Teaching at UBT - an offer from becksHide

Accessibility is a quality criterion for good and inclusive teaching. Students with various impairments benefit from the accessible design of your (digital) teaching. For this reason, the Office of the Commissioner for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses (becks) has compiled instructions and information to support you in the process.

Online Course Accessible digital teaching at the University of Bayreuth (German only)
Online Course on inclusive teaching material (German only)

Courses and Consultation offered by the Fortbildungszentrum HochschullehreHide

The University of Bayreuth's Fortbildungszentrum Hochschullehre (FBZHL) supports you in optimizing your teaching. The FBZHL offers individual consultation, but also regular seminars on the topics of equal opportunities & diversity and accessibility.

UBT's Gender-Inclusive Language Guide Hide

Language plays a huge role in everyday teaching. It is our main form of communication, whether spoken, in forms of texts or as body language. It shapes our consciousness as it transports norms, ideas and connotations. Language, gender and equity are highly intersected. Using inclusive language in your teaching is therefore a first step towards gender- and diversity-conscious teaching. In March 2020, the University of Bayreuth agreed on the language guide with recommendations for gender-inclusive language.

Network Gender, Queer, Intersectionality and Diversity StudiesHide

Would you like to network and exchange ideas with other researchers, teachers and staff on topics from Gender, Queer, Intersectionality and Diversity Studies, foster dialogue and exchange between academic, equality and anti-discrimination work at university? The "Network Gender, Queer, Intersectionality and Diversity Studies" (GeQuInDi) of the University of Bayreuth might be the right choice for you. Meetings are held in English. 

Results of the Questionnaire on Digital TeachingHide

Would you like to know how students at the University of Bayreuth perceived the digital summer semester 2020, what challenges and difficulties students are facing and what positive aspects the digital summer semester might bring?  You can find the student parliament's (StuPa) survey results on their homepage


Further Information and Resources

ResourcesOffered by
Toolbox Gender and   Diversity in Academic TeachingThe Freie Universität Berlin supplies introductory information, pratical advice for your classroom and suggestions for further reading on gender- and diversity conscious teaching. 
Toolbox Doing DiversityThe Toolbox offers you a collection of best practices on diversity, equality and inclusion at Swiss higher education institutions. Find out more about interesting projects, relevant publications, effective strategies and policies in the toolbox (website available in English, German, French and Italian). 
Inclusive Teaching, Learning and AssessmentThe University of Plymouth has composed a website with research-informed resources, checklists and videos about inclusive teaching and learning. It answers questions such as how you can be more inclusive and why inclusive teaching and learning is important. Especially the part on frequently asked questions gives you a quick overview on inclusive teaching.
Teaching toolkitThe Imperial College London has created a teaching toolkit. It gives information on guidance and strategies for creating an inclusive learning environment for all, a guide to fair and effective assessment and feedback for learning and on educational research methods. 
Inclusive Teaching and Diversity

The University of Iowa has compiled resources on inclusive teaching and diversity. It attends to the topics of accommodation of varied learning styles, interculturalism and a guide for planning for diversity in teaching (with sections about how to intervene in racially charged situations and how to examine your own racial or cultural biases). 

Inclusive Teaching ToolkitThe Western Washington University has put together information from different universities on inclusive and multicultural teaching. It is structured in the preparation of courses, understanding and getting to know students, designing inclusive courses, teaching and gives and refers to additional resources (books, articles, videos). 
Enhance Programme Leadership for Inclusion and Diversity Management in Higher Education (Enhance IDM)“Enhance IDM!” is working on training and development materials to promote more inclusive practices amongst Programme Leaders in Higher Education.
Gender-MediathekAlthough a German website only, the gender media library offers some audiovisual teaching and learning material on feminist and gender policy issues in English. 
edX-CoursesedX is a massive open online course provider. It hosts online university-level courses, such as "Inclusive Teaching: Supporting All Students in the College Classroom" (Columbia University)(PDF Guide for Inclusive Teaching at Columbia is also available), "Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom" (Cornell University) and "Unconscious Bias: From Awareness to Action" (Catalyst). 

Do you know of any other resources or guides that are missing here and that could be helpful to others?
​Please send us an e-mail at diversity@uni-bayreuth.de


Gender & Diversity in Teaching - a clip from the Toolbox Gender and Diversity in Academic Teaching (Freie Universität Berlin)


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