Enhancing the perceived value of diversity: from the international classroom to the global workplace
Sofie Wimble supervised by Maria Hussain
About the student researcher
I’m Sofie Wimble and have just completed my undergraduate degree, BA Geography with Transport Studies, at the University of Leeds. I am due to start my masters degree in Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding in September 2023 also in Leeds. This LITE Research Experience Placement has been an invaluable experience, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. It has been great to contribute to research in the field of learner attitudes to cultural diversity in higher education, as it is an under-researched topic. I believe everyone should feel included, supported and represented.
This research project explores learner attitudes to cultural diversity in higher education, investigating the need for greater cultural inclusivity and understanding on an institutional level and between peers. Learner attitudes to cultural diversity refer to the perceptions, feelings, and beliefs of individuals towards people from different cultural backgrounds. This project is presented as an academic poster and literature review, using secondary data sources such as academic research papers and grey literature to critically analyse and discuss learner attitudes to cultural diversity in higher education. This research aims to - Increase understanding and awareness of learner attitudes to cultural diversity in higher education, on an institutional level and between peers. - Generate a discussion on learner attitudes to cultural diversity across higher education institutions, and how students feel about these attitudes. - To urge universities to employ practical applications and alter teaching styles to be more inclusive and supportive if necessary. This project has practical applications to inform the University of Leeds about the importance of cultural diversity in higher education, in hope changes can be made to ameliorate challenges culturally diverse students face for more inclusive and supportive learning environments.