Conscious Inclusion: Empowering Individuals

Key Information

Programme Type



12-week Online Delivery


10 Master's Credits

Next Start Date

New Dates TBC

Course Overview

The University of Lincoln has launched a new online microcredential course exploring conscious inclusion from a range of different perspectives. Microcredential courses are accessible short courses which cover key practical and theoretical in-demand skills. They can be used to simply boost your CV or as a route into further study. After successfully completing this course, participants will receive ten Master's-level credits.

Developed and led by an expert team within the Eleanor Glanville Institute, this programme offers learners the opportunity to explore key concepts, develop and deepen their knowledge, and build their understanding of conscious inclusion, covering topics such as embodying inclusivity, cultural sustainability, and inclusive workplaces.

Please note that applications for this course will close one week prior to the start date.

Why Choose Lincoln

Flexible, online delivery

Multiple start dates each year

10 Master's-level credits and a certificate of completion

Developed and led by an expert team at the Eleanor Glanville Institute

Suitable for individuals and businesses as part of EDI training

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How You Study

Aimed at staff at all levels, this course provides a replacement to conventional unconscious bias training, departing from an approach of simply raising awareness of the existence of bias, towards eliciting long-term behavioural change. It will form the foundation of inclusive leadership.

This microcredential is organised into eight learning units which provide the students with a strong, critical foundation of knowledge and understanding:

Unit 1: Why Conscious Inclusion?
Unit 2: Becoming Conscious (Evaluation, Reflection, Awareness)
Unit 3: Embodying Inclusivity
Unit 4: Inclusive Teams
Unit 5: Inclusive Workplaces
Unit 6: Cultural Sustainability
Unit 7: Inclusive Toolkit 1 - Evidence for Action
Unit 8: Inclusive Toolkit 2 - Actions and Solutions

The microcredential is delivered through a combination of online micro-lectures, videos, and reading content (relevant research literature) aimed at guided self-study. The course also includes a series of synchronous seminars and workshops that facilitate group discussion, critical thinking, problem-solving, and peer learning. These seminars and workshops are presented as 'grand challenges', requiring group collaboration and teamworking. As the microcredential progresses, these sessions transition to action-learning sets, with learners tackling real work-placed challenges.

How you are assessed

The assessment for this programme is project based (80%), where the knowledge gained from the course is used to undertake an equality impact assessment of a policy, practice, event, or initiative within either a professional or educational setting. Further assessment (20%) is coursework-based. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certification of their achievement and ten Master's-level credits.

How to Apply

As well as helping learners to develop their own original thinking and inclusive practice, this online programme is suitable for businesses and employees and can be delivered as part of an organisation's EDI training provision. It is also ideal for EDI teams working within HR departments.

If you would like further information about the course and future intakes, please contact

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