The Construction Leadership Council’s People and Skills Network has published a report that provides guidance for Higher Education (HE) providers to attract and support a diverse and inclusive student body.
The report finds that HE and the Office for Students have had a long-standing commitment to attracting a diverse student body and much investment has gone into supporting HE students through a series of initiatives. There have been detailed monitoring of the outcomes and ambitious target setting. However, much still needs to be done to attract and support HE construction students with stubborn key challenges remaining such as gender parity and attracting ethnic minorities. This therefore provides opportunities for further action.
The report makes recommendation at three levels aimed at:
- Academic Schools (e.g., embedding diversity and inclusion into the construction curriculum);
- Universities (e.g., making school -level data available to allow school to take targeted action); and
- External Stakeholders (e.g., professional bodies helping to drive changes through their accreditation process).
Download a copy of the report here.