Action Plan for Widening Participation

  • Act number: UFV 2016/2066
  • Decision maker: Vice-Chancellor
  • Decision date: 2018-02-13
  • Contact: Malin Ekström
  • Processing body: Student Affairs and Academic Registry Division
  • Document type: Action plans

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Higher education should reflect the diversity of society and Uppsala University’s vision is that university studies should be seen as an opportunity for all. This vision concerns the opportunities of all people to participate in higher education, influence and power, which makes it an issue of human rights, democracy and equality. Diversity also enhances the quality of education, as it enables different perspectives and experiences to meet: Diversity among students brings new perspectives and broader experiences, so heterogeneous student groups contribute to increased educational quality, as knowledge develops through the meeting of different perspectives. Another aspect of quality is that students are prepared to encounter social diversity after studying at an HEI that has diversity.

Since 2001, higher education institutions (HEIs) have been obliged by law to actively promote wider participation in higher education (Higher Education Act [2001:1263], Chapter 1, Section 5).

This action plan takes the Higher Education Act as its starting point. It also takes account of the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), the Discrimination Act (2008:567), the Disability Policy (Responsibility of National Authorities for Implementation) Ordinance (2001:526) and the Uppsala University Equal Opportunities Programme (UFV 2015/766). The work on widening participation is part of the University’s activities for equal opportunities and increased accessibility, and in this sense it supplements the work on active measures in the Equal Opportunities Action Plan (UFV 2015/764), the strategies for gender mainstreaming in the Gender Mainstreaming Plan (UFV 2016/418) and the measures that contribute to first-class education in the Action Plan for Internationalisation (UFV 2015/281).