Everyone is valued equally. We do not treat anyone less favourably on the basis of sex, disability, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion/faith/belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy/maternity or marriage/civil partnership status. These are protected characteristics as defined in the Equality Act 2010. The College expects all staff, learners, visitors and on-site contractors to do the same.
We expect and encourage staff and learners to work together to overcome all forms of discrimination and harassment. Through our shared College values every individual is respected as of right and this should always be reflected in our language, behaviours and actions.
The College is fully committed to the ongoing implementation of its Single Equality Scheme and to complying with all equality legislation, aiming to achieve the following objectives:
That no unfair or unlawful discrimination will be applied in education, training or employment opportunities.
That the diverse nature of our College community will be reflected and celebrated at all levels within the College.
That the needs and interests of our diverse College community will be fairly represented within the curriculum offered by the College.
At induction staff and learners are provided with further information about Equality and Diversity within the College and what they can do to make a difference. Following this, all staff are required to take mandatory Equality and Diversity and Safeguarding modules.
If staff or learners become aware of discriminatory behaviour or actions taking place, they are encouraged to report this by either contacting their course tutor (if appropriate or the Learner Services Manager. The matter will be taken seriously and will be investigated.
Copies of the College’s equality and associated policies and procedures e.g. Single Equality Scheme, Personal Harassment Code of Practice (staff), bullying and harassment procedure (in the Student Charter) are available on the College’s intranet (Portal: staff / Moodle: students) and are included in the staff handbook and student journal as appropriate. They are also available in alternative formats upon request from the Marketing department.
The latest Equality and Diversity Report, the Single Equality Scheme and the Single Equality Scheme Action & Improvement Plan, which incorporates specific equality objectives, can be downloaded below.