This book introduces the concept and practices of Total Inclusivity to universities around the world. It is written to help universities contend with increasing public scrutiny and uncertainty around issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice now at the forefront of global higher education.

Providing a guide and template to higher education leaders, the book addresses such issues as work culture, free speech, student wellbeing, racism, LGBT+ identities, managerialism or ‘simply’ the ability of the institution to survive post-Covid. Whitehead and O’Connor argue that handling these issues can best be done in a university climate and system which is Totally Inclusive. This is the standard for any higher education institution to aim for, not only in its teaching but in its fundamental principles and everyday practices if it is to meet its obligations to its members and to wider society.

The book aims to support universities as well as challenge the status quo as they grapple with the different global and societal pressures confronting them. It is an essential read for anyone working in leadership in higher education institutions and those interested in creating inclusive practices within their institution.

chapter One|16 pages

Introducing Total Inclusivity

part One|58 pages

How Inclusive are Universities?

chapter Two|12 pages

Who Cares about Total Inclusivity?

chapter Three|11 pages

Academic Staff

How Inclusive do Universities Look?

chapter Four|9 pages

How does Non-inclusion Work?

Key Mechanisms and Processes

chapter Six|12 pages

Leadership, Whiteness and Masculinism

part Two|84 pages

You and ‘Your’ University

chapter Seven|15 pages

The Politics of Belonging

chapter Eight|19 pages

An International Learning Community?

chapter Nine|15 pages


chapter Ten|17 pages

‘Free’ Speech?

chapter Eleven|16 pages

A Crisis of Love

part Three|37 pages

What Next for Universities?

chapter Twelve|21 pages

The Totally Inclusive University Audit

chapter Thirteen|14 pages

What Next for You?