Appendix A: Questionnaire

This Topic Guide was used during the course of the primary research

(Interviews with staff members in Trinity College Dublin on Universal Design (UD) teaching at Trinity College Dublin)


  • Reason for doing the study
  • Sponsor of the study
  • Confidentiality

Respondent Profile

  • Role and responsibilities
  • How long in current position
  • Length of time in teaching

Understanding of UD

  • What do you understand by UD?
    • What does it include/what not?
    • How is it the same/different from Inclusive
    • How important is UD? Why do you say this?
    • Who is it important to? Why?
  • Agree common definition / understanding of UD

Introduction of UD to Curricula

  • Why did you decide to include UD in curricula?
    • When did this happen?
    • Who had a main influence in the decision?
    • What were the key motivations?
  • How easy/difficult was the introduction of UD in the
    • What were the barriers/obstacles? How were they
    • What were the key selling points? Why was it easy to
      introduce UD?
    • What was the initial level of interest/take up by
      • How was UD sold to them?
      • Could students easily see the benefits? Which? &
    • Exactly what process was involved in introducing UD in
      the curricula?
      • Is this process unique to faculty/TCD?

Current UD Teaching

  • In which courses/modules is UD taught?
    • Why?
    • What are the benefits/gains?
    • Who made that decision?
  • How much time is allocated to UD?
    • Has this changed since the introduction of UD?
  • Exactly what's the content?
    • Unprompted response, then probe with list
    • Again, has the content ever been changed?
  • What teaching methods are being used?
    • Why?
    • What works well, what not so well?
    • Have the teaching methods ever been changed?
  • How are students assessed?
    • How important is re their overall result?

Future UD Teaching

  • Is there any scope to expand UD teaching?
    • Same course/module?
    • Different courses/modules?
    • Are there currently any gaps in UD teaching?
  • What would be the value/benefit of further UD
    • To students
    • Lecturers
    • TCD
    • Industry
    • Consumers?
  • Is this something you have considered already?
    • Can you make any suggestions/recommendations of how to
      increase the level of UD teaching in TCD/Ireland?
  • What might encourage further UD teaching?
  • What do you see as the main barriers to more UD
  • Are there any other up and coming areas in design that
    will increase in importance over the next few years? Which and why?
  • How can it be ensured that UD remains important?
    • Who needs to push UD so that that it is/remains on the
      agenda? Why do you say this?

Final Comments

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • Is there anything else about UD and the teaching of UD
    (here in TCD) that we have not covered and would be useful for me to
  • Is there anyone else you think I should talk to as part
    of this survey? Who & why?

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