Evaluating the Notion of Student Diversity: The Case of International Postgraduate Students at London Metropolitan University
This essay examines the notion of student diversity in the context of one Higher Education institution. It suggests that diversity is a double-edged sword, offering valuable insight while at the same time contributing to the building of unhelpful categories and potential discrimination. A broader interpretation of diversity is suggested as being more useful, based on the interplay between individual motivation, prior knowledge and experience, how students learn, and cultural and social antecedents. These factors in combination are meaningful in the context of seeking to help international students in UK Higher Education develop intellectually. The arguments presented are born of naturalistic and action research, and reflection on teaching postgraduate (MBA) students over the last three years.
Keywords: Diversity, International Students, Higher Education, Postgraduate, Cultural Diversity, Wider Participation, Equal Access, Globalisation of Education
Dr. Lez Rayman-Bacchus
Senior Lecturer in Strategy, Business School, London Metropolitan University