Breaking Down Barriers: Case Study

Emma Whewell, Mary Quirke*, Conor Mc Gukin, Patricia McCarthy

*Corresponding author for this work

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As part of the University of Northampton’s Access and Participation Plan (APP), the Sport and Exercise department has been working on breaking down barriers for under-represented and marginalised groups in education. In the APP report, these include: white working-class males; black; Asian and minority ethnic; mature; disabled; care leavers; service families; and intersections of disadvantage. The APP had a focus upon attainment, non-continuation, and access and progression to further employment or study.

This vignette focuses upon some of the work undertaken by the Breaking Down Barriers working group to consider what would make the experiences of Sport and Exercise learners more inclusive and relevant. In “thinking about” inclusion and inclusive practices, we decided to work with our learner representatives to gain an understanding of the barriers experienced in accessing learning, teaching, and assessment in Sport and Exercise.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdopting a UDL Attitude within Academia
Subtitle of host publicationUnderstanding and Practicing Inclusion Across Higher Education
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781003137672
ISBN (Print)9780367684686, 9780367673970
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2023

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in "Adopting a UDL Attitude within Academia" on 4th July 2023, available online:


  • UDL
  • Inclusion
  • Higher Education


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