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Funded Module: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

The aim of this course is to provide learners with a fundamental understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion in an organisational context, including policy approaches, support and the elimination of barriers for minority people



Thank you very much for your interest in our CPD Course on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI). The aim of this course is to provide learners with a fundamental understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion in an organisational context, including policy approaches, support and the elimination of barriers for minority people. The course also provides a foundational discussion around key elements that aim at advancing the equality agenda, such as the legislative requirements as well as the social justice and business case arguments. This CPD course is designed with our full academic quality assurance measures in mind, meaning that participants will obtain 20 credits at Honours level (SCQF Level 10) upon completion of this course, allowing learners to use this course towards any future aspiration of obtaining a university degree from UWS.


Learning Outcomes

The course is aimed at developing key knowledge and skills in understanding equality, diversity and inclusion which, upon successful completion, are as follows:

  • L1: Critically define and evaluate fundamental theoretical concepts within the equality, diversity and inclusion debate;

  • L2: Assess elementary arguments for equality, diversity and inclusion along the lines of the legal, social justice and business case;

  • L3: Demonstrate the ability to identify and critically evaluate organisational approaches towards the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda;

  • L4: Demonstrate the ability to critically self-reflect on key behaviours and abilities helping to eliminate potential barriers to EDI in organisations.


Target Audience

While this CPD course is predominately designed for individuals working in HRM or having managerial responsibilities in their organisations, the course is also a valuable addition to any employee’s professional development.


Course Delivery 

The course is is delivered over a 15 week period, and is designed as hybrid approach to course design, largely around self-paced learning, while also providing four live sessions that will take place at our Paisley campus.

✓    Session 1 | Week 1: Introduction & Fundamental Concepts

‣      Topic 1: EDI = Fundamental Ideas & Concepts

✓    Session 2 | Week 4: Elementary Arguments for EDI

‣      Topic 2: EDI = Legal Requirement

‣      Topic 3: EDI = Social Obligation

‣      Topic 4: EDI = Organisational Success

✓    Session 3 | Week 8: Organisational Approaches towards EDI

‣      Topic 5: EDI = Organisational Support

‣      Topic 6: EDI = Policy Approaches

‣      Topic 7: EDI = Recruitment & Talent Management

Session 4 | Week 12: Group Assessment


Live Sessions at Paisley Campus

Live sessions will be delivered in a Hybrid Format, taking place online as well as in our Paisley campus. Dates for each live session will be confirmed ahead of course commencement.  

Learners will be required to dedicate a sufficient amount of time towards self-study, in order to allow for the best use of the live sessions. These live sessions are intended for the development of a deeper understanding of the various concepts within EDI, given learners the opportunity to share their own experiences and allow for the exploration of potential barriers to advancing EDI in organisations.


Course Assessments

1. Group Presentation: Learners will prepare a group presentation which is worth 50% of the course assessment, to be delivered to their peers and course tutor in session 4 (week 12). The presentation assessment enables participants to explore organisational approaches to EDI from a more practical perspective.

2. Individual CPD Portfolio: Learner will develop a written CPD portfolio — preferably in the form of a report — which is worth 50% of the overall course assessment. The overarching purpose of the assessment is to enable learners to critically reflect on their own behaviours and abilities in order to help advance the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda in organisations.


Course Tutor

Dr. Silvio Hofmann ( is the Course Leader of this CPD Course in EDI. Silvio is a Human Resource Management (HRM) lecturer and the Programme Leader for the BA(Hons) Business & HRM. He has a particular interest in and passion for equality, diversity & inclusion (EDI) research. He supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations/theses, and deliver a number of undergraduate modules, including HRM in Business Context (1st Year), HRM Research Design (3rd Year), HR Policy & Practice (4th Year) and Managing Equality & Diversity (4th Year). I am a member of the university's Social Innovation, Leadership & Management Research Group.


Funding Opportunities 

UWS is offering a series of courses on a funded basis through the UWS Upskilling Fund, a fund delivered by the Scottish Funding Council to address skills gaps in Scotland.  Funding is available to those resident in Scotland, or to those working for an organisation operating (with a business address) in Scotland.  Those who are eligible for funding will be able to study this course for a reduced fee of £75. 

If you have any questions about the course, or if you would like to find out more about the UWS Upskilling Fund, please contact the CPD Team at


Prerequisites for Study

There are no formal academic entry requirements. 


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UWS Paisley Campus

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