The College has produced a number of documents in which our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is explained, with reference to current legislation, most notably the Equality Act 2010. These documents include:
· Equal Opportunities Policy
· Leaders in Diversity action plan
· Pocket guides for staff and students
· Code of Conduct for Partner Organisations
We want all employees to be aware of and to share in the College’s approach to equality, diversity and inclusion and the steps we are taking to advance equality for all groups and members of the College’s community. All who work at the College should appreciate that they have a responsibility and a role to play in the promotion of equality and diversity. This is particularly so in the day-to-day relationships which are developed at work between employees, employees and students, and users of the College’s services. The support and cooperation of each employee for the measures being adopted by the College are essential to the preventing and addressing the occurrence of discrimination in all aspects of studying, working and being part of a wider community.
The College wholeheartedly supports the principles of equality of opportunity and valuing diversity and opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on any grounds and particularly in relation to any protected characteristic, as defined by the Equality Act 2010. We were awarded Leaders in Diversity in 2016, and have been named the UK Organisation of the Year for FREDIE (Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement). We believe it is in the College’s best interests, and those of all who study or work at the College, to ensure that the talents and skills available throughout the College community are valued and used to best effect. To this end, within the framework of the College mission, values, strategic objectives and the framework of the law, we are committed, wherever practicable, to achieving and maintaining best practice in equality issues. Every possible step will be taken to ensure that individuals are treated appropriately and fairly, and that objective criteria are used in the recruitment, selection, training, promotion and career management of staff, and in admissions and students’ choice of programme of study. We are very proud of our equality and diversity achievements, which include attaining the prestigious Leaders in Diversity standard at Level 3 in December 2014. The Equal Opportunities Monitoring sheet that forms part of the College’s application form should be completed and submitted as part of your application. This sheet will be separated from the application form and held in the Human Resources office until short-listing and interviews have taken place. The shortlisting and interview panels will not have sight of this sheet and will therefore not be aware of the equal opportunities monitoring information of each of the applicants at any stage of the recruitment and selection process.
The Equality Act 2010 – Provisions for Candidates with a Disability
The College holds the “double tick” disability symbol and is a Disability Confident Leader, indicating our commitment to employing disabled people. If you indicate that you are disabled on the Equal Opportunities Monitoring sheet within the application form, and we judge you meet all the essential criteria for the post, you will be invited for interview. If any specific arrangements need to be made in respect of your application or any subsequent interview, please let us know as soon as possible to enable you to present yourself fully throughout the selection process. Information on disability will also be used for monitoring purposes, along with any other personal information, in order to measure the effectiveness of the College’s strategies to promote equality, diversity and inclusion. The information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential by the Human Resources department and will in no way be used to discriminate against any candidate at any stage of the recruitment and selection process.