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Addressing educational inequities through co-production of inclusive learning

Educational inequities based on race and ethnicity exist in the fields of Occupational Therapy and Psychology. While these inequities are well-documented, very little is known about efforts to address them and the extent of success of such interventions.

This participatory action research project seeks to evaluate the impact of efforts to address race-based educational inequities in Brunel University London's Occupational Therapy and Psychology Divisions. Through this research project, we aim to identify good practices that should be continued or enhanced, as well as areas for improvement. Our findings can help to generate insights contributing towards reducing the race-ethnicity awarding gap in degree classifications. They can be useful for educators and academic administrative leaders in the health and care professions who are actively attempting to take an anti-racist, anti-oppressive approach to learning and teaching.

Occupational Therapy involvement in this project has been partially funded by Health Education England (Capital AHP). We would like to thank the following student co-producers for their involvement in this project: Modolamu Fatimehin, Sydney Lai Mu-En, Gopika Sudhir, Cherif Larbaoui, Winnie Chan, Ellen Chan, Zeth Cabildo, Henry Akintunde-Philips, Maria Rossan Cabello, Klaudia Szollosi, Shana Faiz, Dheg Aidid, Sumiya Malouk, Andy Cheung, Mohd Affan, Mahima Bhuta, Gwyneth Ataderie, Tao Ran, Kripa Gurung, Rushabh Mehta, Zahra Siddiqui.

Project outputs

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Co-producing Critical Colour-Conscious Learning Experiences in Occupational Therapy
Co-producing Critical Colour-Conscious Learning Experiences in Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy Students Challenges of Prejudice and Discrimination on Placement
Occupational Therapy Students Challenges of Prejudice and Discrimination on Placement

Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project

Jou Yin Teoh - My teaching, research and graduate student supervision is focused on advancing social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in global healthcare workforce education and development. I am a recipient of the 2022 Council of Deans of Health Fellowship and was awarded BUL's highest accolades for exceptional contribution to teaching and student experience in 2020 / 2021: the Ken Darby-Dowman Memorial Prize as well as highest score for the Brunel Union of Students Student-Led Awards. Prior to my current appointment with the Occupational Therapy Division (also known as the London School of Occupational Therapy, est. 1934) at Brunel University London (BUL); I worked at Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College as a Lecturer and Professional Lead of Occupational Therapy - the first woman of minoritized ethnoreligious background to hold this position in the history of Malaysian Higher Education. Pre-academia, I was an occupational therapy entrepreneur with a special interest in social innovation for public health in the Global South; particularly in the integration of digital and community-centred approaches to build and run systems that contribute towards addressing disparities that affect health and well-being. I am an editorial board member for the following peer-reviewed academic journals: the Phillipine Journal of Allied Health Sciences, Neuroscience Research Notes and Sports & Health Research Notes. I am also a Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE). My PhD titled The Hidden Curriculum of Occupational Therapy Education is pending completion, funded by BUL and the Elizabeth Casson Trust, and supported by the supervisory committee of Dr Sofia Barbosa Bouças (Division of Psychology), Dr Geeta Ludhra (Dept of Education), Dr Michael Iwama (Duke University, USA), and Dr Terry Roberts (Division of Bioscienes).

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Project last modified 26/05/2023