Take an alternative path to positive change

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I had hoped this would provide an opportunity for professional development, but I hadn’t expected it to offer personal development as well. This has changed the way I think about issues of equality and diversity, not just at work but also in my everyday life.


If you are involved in or work to support learning and teaching, or if you work with students, you are invited to register your interest in our 2017 SEED workshops. These peer-led workshops are a unique opportunity to reflect on diversity, equality and inclusivity.

SEED, which stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity, is a peer-led professional development programme aimed at influencing change by building capacity for more inclusive and equitable curricula, classrooms and campuses. 

Our 2017 programme consists of a series of workshops running between January and May. Participants are encouraged to attend all seven workshops on topics including building inclusive curriculums; excellence, elitism and inclusion; disability and social class; gender, race and sexuality. 

There are 20 places on the 2017 programme. Successful applicants will be notified by 9 December 2016.

Dr Rachel van Duyvenbode, School of English, designs and co-facilitates Sheffield SEED with Dr Bobby Nisha, Urban Studies and Planning. Rachel explains the benefits of taking part:

“SEED isn’t a diversity training programme. It’s a process to facilitate learning and for participants to identify steps for positive change in themselves, the workplace and wider institutional systems and cultures.

"SEED is an unrivalled opportunity to work with and learn from colleagues, create space to practice intellectual humility and openness to new perspectives, challenge our own complacency and sometimes frustration at the slow rate of institutional action, and feel a sense of connection to a movement of people committed to working for greater equity and inclusion."

Dr Bobby Nisha, previous SEED participant and now co-facilitator, tells us what SEED means to her:

“As an architect and urban designer, my approach to education begins from a position of respecting the self-expression and individuality of students to further inspire creative thinking.

"My research interest in innovative models of curriculum design drew me to participate in the Sheffield SEED Seminar in 2015. The process was incredibly rewarding in how it provided a platform for me to reflect on my own learning and teaching practices.

"In turn, my experience of the SEED seminars paved the way for me to innovatively engage in holistically improving my teaching.”


Did you know? In 2015 we became the first UK university to host a SEED project. Our methods and aims are modeled on the 30-year National SEED project based in Wellesley College, USA.