Reality from Rhetoric

By Maureen Royce.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The tracking of institutional responses to disability and diversity through case study analysis (2000-2005) raised questions about sustaining good practice in the longer term and the transfer of knowledge and responsibility to individual academics. In particular, the case evidence illustrated concerns about the evaluation of embedded strategy and the potential loss of expertise and leadership as disability and diversity issues moved into the mainstream. Efforts to mainstream raise the question of individual behaviour in both the teaching and administrative context. De Lowerntal (2003) and Cornelius (2003) highlight the environmental constraints and requirements in mainstreaming diversity issues.Learning from such frameworks,questionnaire data collected from both academic and administrative staff has been analysed to reveal attitudes about institutional strategy on disability, the extent of knowledge transfer from experts in the area and personal perceptions about responsibility in supporting the needs of students with disability.The paper considers issues of sustainability in equal opportunities interventions.

Keywords: Disability, Diversity, Higher Education, Mainstreaming Strategy, Sustainability

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.167-176. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 816.158KB).

Maureen Royce

Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

Maureen is a senior lecturer in Human Resource Management and has been active in diversity and disability issues within her institution helping to organise conferences on equality and diversity and developing academic modules and training in diversity and disability customised for higher education and adapted to meet the needs of external clients.Maureen has been part of funded research on widening participation in higher education and the development of a framework for equal opportunities. Other research interests include developing managerial skills in social enterprise organisations.Prior to working in Higher Education, Maureen held positions in Human Resource Management in the finance and service sectors.

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