Equalities

Equalities

In this section of the website you’ll find our Equalities Policy, our Equalities Mainstreaming Report and other documents and reports relating to Equalities.

We’re very proud to have achieved Leaders in Diversity status.

Equality & Inclusion

We are committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation; to advancing equality of opportunity; to fostering good relations. We will ensure that each person who comes to the College shall be treated fairly and equally. No individual will receive less favourable treatment than another on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or marriage or civil partnership status. Selection criteria and procedures will be reviewed regularly to ensure that they operate on the basis of fairness, equality of opportunity and anti-discrimination.

The Equality Policy extends to all those who engage with the College: associates, partners, customers, contractors and suppliers.

While staff or students are with the College, we are determined to ensure that everyone has equal access to choices and opportunities for study or personal or professional development and that no one is discriminated against as a result of any action, intentional or otherwise.

Discrimination / Harassment / Bullying

Discrimination, harassment or bullying in any form, including cyber-bullying, whether involving students or staff will not be tolerated. It may take the form of exclusion, bullying, ridicule, teasing, suggestive comments posted on social networking websites, touching or assaults.

If you feel you are being harassed, bullied or discriminated against, you should approach the person and ask them to stop the offending behaviour. If you are unable to do so or are unsuccessful, you should contact your Course Tutor or the Head of Student Services. They will listen, give you support, and help you take the next step. Generally, the person doing the bullying will not be punished initially, but will hopefully be persuaded that their behaviour is not acceptable.

Inclusiveness

The College is committed to ensuring that opportunities for learning are made available to the widest range of prospective students, with appropriate support for those who need it. Where it is within its power and allowed by law, the College will take positive action to promote choice, opportunity and progression for its staff and students and to modify and extend arrangements generally to accommodate the needs of individuals and groups. The College is committed to promoting and facilitating lifelong learning. We aim to:

Identify the learning needs of our local community and design and deliver relevant courses
Foster aspirations of attainment and encourage individuals to reach their full potential irrespective of circumstances
Provide relevant and useful information to prospective learners about the courses and support which we can provide
Provide suitable facilities and arrangements to enable students to achieve success in learning
Be accessible, helpful and welcoming to current and prospective students
Participate in networks which share a common purpose in planning training and arranging support for individual learners

We are committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with learning difficulties are treated fairly. All reasonable adjustments to provision will be made to ensure that students who have a disability or learning need are not substantially disadvantaged. We want to be a disability-friendly College. Please help us to achieve this by:

bringing to our attention any potential discrimination against disabled people and ensuring that we know about any reasonable adjustments we could make to give disabled people a fair deal at College
letting us know about your disability or learning need and what assistance or reasonable adjustments we can make for you to help you apply for a course / during your studies