XENIA Final Report on the Common Research Methodology for Equality in Higher Education Institutions is now available online

xenia-logoThe Work Package 1 (WP1) results’ and its abstract, the first phase of XENIA Erasmus+ project, are now available online. DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University (HOU), the Greek partner, has contributed to all WP1 stages and outputs.

XENIA is an ambitious 36-month-lasting Erasmus+ project that is being implemented by a consortium of 7 partners from 5 European countries (Italy, Greece, Ireland, Slovenia, Spain). The aim and objectives of this project are to develop and implement an Inclusiveness Index to support Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

Specifically, an algorithm matrix based will measure the level of social and educational inclusiveness of sexual minority and gender marginalised students and staff within the HEIs context. The project will also share practices and tools for promoting and improving equality, diversity and inclusion. All the intellectual outputs will be available in five (5) languages, namely English, Spanish, Italian, Greek and Slovenian.

The primary aim of WP1 has been the development of a Common Research Methodology which has guided the work and contributions of all XENIA partners for this Work Package. The key activities underpinning this common research methodology were: the identification and classification of HEIs into five (5) relevant and appropriate thematic areas; the development of 64 indicators that signify inclusion of gender diverse and LGBTQ+ students and staff, categorised into subsections under one of the thematic areas and the development of tools and resources for promoting inclusion across HEIs.

The WP1 report describes in detail each step in the development of the specific work package by the consortium from January to July 2020. All materials are completely free and accessible on this link: https://xeniaindex.eu/mapping.php.

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