Document Type

Conference Paper


Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Sociology, Social issues, Social sciences

Publication Details

Higher Education in Transformation Symposium, Ontario, Canada, Nov. 2016.


Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) is primarily focused on ensuring that curricula are as accessible to students with a range of disabilities and difficulties. However, UDI can also be leveraged as a means of addressing issues of socio-cultural capital in third-level education. The assumption that all students belong to the dominant habitus can have a detrimental effect on those seen as being external to it. This paper examines the use of UDI as part of a wider approach to curriculum development as a means of addressing these issue. This is especially pertinent in light of the amalgamation of a number of technical Institutes (DIT, ITT, and ITB) as part of the development of a Technical University in Dublin (colloquially referred to as TU4Dublin), as the student population across these institutes encapsulates a wide-range of socio-cultural, and educational backgrounds.