Developing a 'travelling companion' model of inclusive curriculum development


  • Roger Dalrymple Oxford Brookes University
  • Jackie Potter University of Chester
  • Jane Pritchard University of Oxford
  • Mary Kitcher Oxford Brookes University
  • Nicola Beer Oxford Brookes University



Inclusive curriculum, curriculum frameworks, curriculum toolkits, curricular co-creation


Inclusive curriculum development in Higher Education is increasingly witnessing the development of institutional inclusive curriculum frameworks and toolkits. This short paper introduces one such framework recently developed at a modern university in the South East of England. The IDEAS model (Inclusive learning and teaching, Digital inclusion, Employability learning, assessment for learning, Sustainability mindset) involves a range of distinctive features in both design and scope, and was likewise co-created by colleagues working in the educational development and access and participation domains of academic practice. In a discussion structured by the stages of a traditional quest narrative, the paper relates the genesis, development and early implementation of the IDEAS model and draws attention to some of its distinctive emphases as well as its points of correspondence with wider sectoral initiatives on inclusive curriculum development.

Author Biographies

Roger Dalrymple, Oxford Brookes University

Roger Dalrymple is Professor of Education at Oxford Brookes University where he researchers in the dual fields of English in Education and higher education pedagogy and employability.

Jackie Potter, University of Chester

Jackie Potter is Dean of Academic Innovation at the University of Chester and was formerly Professor of HE Learning and Development at Oxford Brookes University.

Jane Pritchard, University of Oxford

Jane Pritchard  is Head of Educational Development at the University of Oxford and has previously held senior educational development posts at Oxford Brookes University and the University of Bristol.

Mary Kitcher, Oxford Brookes University

Mary Kitchener is an Educational Development Consultant at Oxford Brookes University where she has led a number of inclusive curriculum development initiatives.   

Nicola Beer, Oxford Brookes University

Nicola Beer is Head of Digital and Inclusive Curriculum Development at Oxford Brookes University and has led on inclusive curriculum development initiatives and in her previous Assistant Professor post at the University of Coventry.


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