Huddersfield New College has rounded up the HNC Equality and Diversity week by sharing an insight into why the College has been awarded Leaders in Diversity by the National Centre for Diversity (NCFD) for the third year running.
 
Last Friday HNC welcomed the Chief Executive of NCFD, Solat Chaudry, who presented our new plaque confirming our status as a Leader in Diversity for the third year running. NCFD has introduced a new assessment framework which looks at how well an institution is embedding the principles of FREDIE (Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement). He is pictured above with a team of staff.
 
HNC’s Diversity Week is a reflection of how the College brings these important principles to life, ensuring our diverse community enjoys learning in a welcoming and genuinely inclusive environment. A photo gallery from the week can be viewed below. Each day different celebrations have been taking place on themes including Mental Health, Transgender Awareness and the week ended with staff and students signing a giant LGBT+ Allies pledge.
 
Comments in the NCFD’s HNC:A Leader in Diversity report include: “HNC demonstrates how FREDIE can be embedded into an organisation and does this in many ways” “97% of students agreeing that HNC is a welcoming place irrespective of gender, race, belief, sexual orientation, ability, disability or background” and “HNC has demonstrated that if inclusion is truly embedded into an organisation, it will continue to thrive and succeed-and win awards!”
 
Angela Williams OBE, Principal comments: “We are incredibly proud to have achieved Leaders in Diversity status for the third time. This is a challenging process where we are inspected on the FREDIE principles by the NCFD. The HNC Equality and Diversity week is a fantastic example of how we bring these important principles to life for our young people, and why we have achieved Leaders in Diversity. In addition to allowing students to explore a number of important topics, the week has been an incredible amount of fun! Our students and staff are HNC – and I would like to thank them for helping us achieve this award for the third time by playing their part in making sure that we are a genuinely welcoming and inclusive community.”

Our gallery can be viewed below.

Diversity Week 2