Inclusivity aims to make learning, teaching and assessment accessible to people from a wide range of different educational, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.  SAILS undertakes a range of initiatives working with academic Colleges and professional services to ensure that our students are enabled to achieve their full potential.   For more information please email

SAILS supports the University’s Senior Management Team and staff to deliver a range of projects and initiatives to achieve our vision across the student lifecycle from pre-application to completion within the themes of:

Access – Enabling individuals from underrepresented groups to enter and transition into higher education.

Retention – Supporting students to continue to study and complete their programmes of study.

Progression – Ensuring that students have the academic and pastoral support to progress from level to level.

Outcomes – Supporting students from diverse backgrounds to achieve the best degree outcomes they can.

Current priorities include:

  • effective induction for new students and transition for continuing students;
  • student interventions for success based on using a range of data in relation to engagement with learning;
  • enhanced personal tutoring through a refocus on academic mentoring to support students’ personal and professional development;
  • effective and accessible pastoral support through the creation of a student life network of staff across the University to support students with welfare issues;
  • ongoing enhancement of support for students with disabilities and mental health issues.

For more information, staff may go to Collaborate.