The 18th EAN Annual Conference
Changing the Culture of the Campus towards an Inclusive Higher Education –
10 Years On
In collaboration with York St John University
Monday 22nd – Wednesday 24th June 2009
“To achieve a genuinely pluralist higher education which meets the needs of students from under-
represented groups, will require a shift from an ethos of selective normality to one of diversity and
inclusion.” Maggie Woodrow, EAN 1999, Malta
“The inclusion of marginalised groups in higher education is only possible in its fullest sense where
there is firstly, a respect for a pluralist culture and secondly, a commitment to the re-distribution of
resources.” Patricia Callaghan, AHEAD, Dublin 1997
In 1999, the 8th EAN conference in Malta debated the function of higher education: is it to promote
academic excellence rather than social inclusion? The conference themes of the role of higher
education in combating social exclusion, creating an inclusive and culturally diverse higher education,
and re-distributing resources for an inclusive higher education, are no less relevant today.
Ten years on, we will examine what has changed in terms of institutional strategies, policies, practices
relating to widening participation and student success, in the context of organisational cultural change
and what lessons have been learned for the future.
Institutions are still grappling with ways to deliver a wide range of study patterns and types of courses
for a wide range of student needs. This is a huge challenge and one which is preoccupying many
strategic leaders and practitioners ranging from those in student development and support functions to
lecturers to Rectors and Vice-Chancellors. But talking about and delivering success to an ever wider
diversity of students, demands new ways of thinking about, describing and delivering higher education.
The conference will address current as well as likely future concern or development