The value cards are the result of a further analysis of the opinion cards into broader thematic groupings representing the core values being expressed in the data. The 19 opinion cards that were created from the interviews and insights from staff and students over 2017-2018 were grouped into indicative values central to the University of Edinburgh. These value cards are critical to the Near Future Teaching project as it is designed to co-design a future for digital education at Edinburgh based in the values of our students and staff.
Diversity enhances education by exposing learners to diverse perspectives and experiences. However, financial barriers lower accessibility to education; students are living under debt and increasingly high living and course costs, while many staff face precarity due to zero-hour contracts or poverty wages. Where possible, education should be inclusive and promote forms of diversity.