EnhanceIDM Closing Conference

Our final event took place on 14 May from 10:00 to 15:30 CET in a virtual setting. It proved to be a lively interactive exchange and we thank all the participants from over 14 countries for their valuable input, contributions and ideas. We hope to stay in touch and deepen our exchange within this community of practice.

Below you can find the presentations and further information on the project’s aims and outputs.


Programme leaders or course directors are the main target group of the EnhanceIDM project. Programme leaders play a central role in higher education institutions: They are very often interface and contact point between and for students, academic and administrative staff. They are accountable for the academic health of their programmes and usually they are responsible for the development of curricula. More information on the tasks and role of Programme Leaders is provided in the paper: Functional diversity of programme leaders in four European countries.

HEAD Wheel

The project builds on the HEAD Wheel (Higher Education Awareness for Diversity). For more information on this concept please find a short introductory video called HEAD Wheel in our YouTube Channel . You might also be interested in the article “Diversity management at the tertiary level: an attempt to extend existing paradigms” (Gaisch et al 2018).

The DIVE-strategy may help to uncover implicit biases towards certain groups of people. You will find a short introductory video HERE.

An overview on these interlinked concepts is provided in the presentation “HEAD for and DIVE into Diversity Management“.

IDM is not a minority issue

The intersectionality of our students and the increasing success of national widening participation initiatives means that now, more than ever before, we should take the position that all our students are ‘becoming’ rather than ‘being’. More ideas and suggestions on this development can be found in the presentation “IDM is not a minority issue”.

Survey on programme leaders needs and attitudes towards IDM

During the conference a short insight into the data was provided in the presentation “Programme Leaders’ attitudes and Approaches towards IDM“. You can find more information about the survey in the conference paper “Programme leaders’ attitudes towards inclusion and diversity management” (Welp-Park & Preymann, 2018)

Multi-media resources

Multi-media resources and web-based-trainings, such as video sequences or interactive content, are a useful tool to illustrate what harm diversity-insensitive behaviour can cause. Watching these videos can contribute to recognising the potential and added value of diversity-sensitive management and teaching practices. The videos are accessible via the EnhanceIDM website under Multi-media resources on IDM scenarios in higher education.

Blended-Learning Training

The training programme is set up to improve programme leader’s diversity management competences and to show PLs how to either newly develop diversity-sensitive curricula or how to adapt existing curricula to this aim.

The HEAD CD framework serves as a useful structure for the e-learning course. It describes the entire student lifecycle from access to final student success and may certainly qualify as a helpful frame of reference for the holistic process of making curricula more inclusive. For more information, you may want to watch this short introductory video about the framework.

If you are interested in the e-learning programme or would like to run through the e-learning programme (which is set up on a Moodle-platform) please contact silke.preymann@fh-ooe.at

Critical diversity incidents are part of the training programme. They are a useful way of approaching  and reflecting diversity related issues within your own study programmes. You will find more information on this topic in the presentation “Unconscious bias and critical diversity incidents” as well as on the padlet board “Critical diversity incidents

IDM Toolbox

A freely accessible IDM-Toolbox will provide further practical methods and hands-on tools. The website is still work in progress. But please fill free to send us your feedback or any comments to improve the toolbox.


Last but not least, an online self-assessment measuring one’s own awareness, general attitudes and competences/skills in dealing with student diversity is available.

If any questions turn up please do not hesitate and contact us.