Unconscious Bias for Students

The 1st unconscious bias course tailored specifically for students

Developed in partnership with the University of Edinburgh this course was designed to enable their 37,000 students to be more fair-minded and critique without bias when evaluating staff members and university services.


  • corporate
  • health
  • higher-education
  • further-education
  • financial-legal-services
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  • charity

Available as

  • Off the shelf
  • Fully Bespoke

Course overview

The effectiveness of this course stems from the tough questions it asks. Students will need to carefully consider their self-awareness of bias, the power of prejudice and how they can commit to equality, diversity and inclusion.

The factors influencing our biases grow, as we grow older. While we do not have to feel guilty about our unconscious biases, it is important we address them, especially when they can negatively affect our views about university staff and services, possibly for arbitrary reasons.

The course has several modules that sit under three main headings.

  • What is Bias? – this section covers the understanding of what unconscious bias is, and where it comes from
  • Impact of Bias – this section focuses on the types of bias that are most common and how damaging these biases could be
  • Overcoming Bias – this section delivers crucial information that will enable students to acknowledge and overcome the biases that have been instilled in them

By the end of the course learners will be able to:

  • build an awareness of bias and unconscious bias
  • demonstrate how their biases could impact on their feelings and feedback
  • identify how to minimise the impact of their biases.

A short assessment at the end of the course will reinforce the knowledge that the students have developed throughout the course.

Course Duration: this course takes around 30 minutes to complete. Learners can bookmark their progress throughout to complete the course at their own pace.


Always up-to-date

If you buy any of our e-learning courses you’ll get all the updates we make, so you’ll always be up-to-date with current legislation.

Learning by design

All of our e-learning courses are highly interactive with rich graphics and audio-visual content, blending a variety of question types to encourage learners to apply concepts to their daily work routine.

Easy to implement & customise

This online learning course comes with Marshall LMS (Learning Management System), which allows you to manage your e-learning and track completed training.

Our in-house developers can quickly & effectively adapt this course to your sector and organisation. You could also add your own graphics, photos & video and amend content to include your policies, procedures, and key areas.

Learning options

Every Marshall e-learning course is fully accessible, so this course is also available as:

  • spoken word audio – perfect for learning on the move
  • a voice reader compatible version as a W3C AA online workbook
  • a complimentary workbook – a printer-friendly pdf download compatible with all devices and readers.

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At Marshall Elearning we’re totally focused on creating content that’s exactly right for your learners. That’s why we’ve built our business around customising our existing courses to match the needs of specific organisations. And if something completely originals required, we’ll make a bespoke course for you from scratch.

When we do this, our approach is guided by a few key principles.

Organisational Need

Why do you need to provide learning for your users – specifically? Is there a compliance need, a requirement to raise performance – or generate positive outcomes for external stakeholders? We prioritise making this clear as the first step in all of our projects.


Who are your learners? What are their preferred learning styles? What do they know already? How confident are they with using technology? We’ll put these questions to you, and base our approach around the picture we build up.

Learning Outcomes

We use these to decide what every screen in every course we make is intended to achieve. What is it – exactly – that learners need to explain, describe, distinguish or list? Defining these up-front keeps every project on course as we move from the initial proposal, through to storyboarding and then development.


Page-turning e-learning just doesn’t work. All of our courses are highly interactive, making extensive use of scenarios in particular. Rich media is used as appropriate, from audio-visual resources through to animations and bespoke graphics.

Respect for Learners

Treating learners as adults is vital to us. People don’t learn well if they feel they’re being patronised, and we aim to let users manage their own learning experience. We do this by writing our courses with an honest, direct tone, and giving learners choices in the form of additional learning resources and open navigational features.

What’s in it for me? is a question that all of our learners should be able to answer.

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I am delighted by the course that Marshall E-Learning developed for us and was especially impressed by their keenness to understand our needs and students properly. We have a strong need to help staff and students to understand unconscious bias and a course that explained the “theory” of unconscious bias with routes to further reading and help students to understand their own biases and how to address them. The final course dealt with unconscious bias in society using evaluation questionnaires that made it personal and relevant to the University of Edinburgh context.
Professor Alan F. Murray, Assistant Principal, Academic Support, University of Edinburgh

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