The SMILE Audit Model

How does your institution treat diversity and inclusion?

The SMILE Audit Model

SMILE will develop a tool to allow HEIs (but also other organisations) to self-reflect regarding the way their institution is addressing and enabling diversity in general.


This tool, the SMILE Audit Model, will be developed, tested, refined and finalised after consultation with regional engagers. The Audit Model is a tool to help users to find a way to implement a Diversity Audit in practice in HEIs, identifying the obstacles, existing models, strategies for implementation, etc. 


SMILE hopes to undertake 20 audits during the creation and development process and finalise the work with a fully structured SMILE Audit Model and a Guide of Use. 

Smile audit model

But, before you start planning your institutional audit on diversity…

Preliminary Self-Assessment Tool


The SMILE self-assessment tool forms part of the SMILE Audit Model on Diversity. You can use it even if you are not planning to do an audit in your institution. Answering this self-assessment questionnaire in an honest way will help you to see how much attention to diversity and inclusion your institution is giving.

Once you see the result of this exercise, you might actually be encouraged to suggest to your institution to run an audit on diversity.

Once you use this self-assessment tool you will know how to plan your audit on diversity. This self-assessment tool will help you identify your institution’s strengths and growth areas in learning related to diversity and inclusion. 

To complete this self-assessment exercise will take you around 30 minutes if you work individually. You can also create a working group and discuss the questions.

If you want to use this tool, download the file here: