Huddersfield New College (HNC) has announced that it will be hosting the first Diversity Week of the academic year from Monday 11th November. This dedicated week will allow students and staff to reflect on the College’s award-winning and inclusive values while celebrating our diverse community.

The week’s theme is ‘Hidden Disabilities’, a term that covers disabilities that may not be visible at first glance, from conditions such as epilepsy, autism and diabetes, to mental ill health such as anxiety and depression. During this special week we will be welcoming a range of special guests to College, and hosting some engaging events to help raise awareness around the theme of hidden disabilities. The week is led by the College’s Student and Staff Diversity Champions, and these events are open to all students from across the College.

Monday 11th November: Visual impairment day. Join us in the dining room to meet the visiting guide dog puppies and experience a visual impairment sensory unit

Tuesday 12th November: Tree of Kindness. To promote Anti-bullying Week, we’re inviting students and staff to add a leaf to our ‘Tree of Kindness’ to send a positive anti-bullying message. We’ll also be welcoming therapy dog, Toby, to College, who will be touring departments and the main areas- come along to meet him!

Wednesday 13th November: Teenage cancer awareness day. We will be welcoming former HNC student Sarah Dransfield from the Laura Crane Teenage Cancer Trust to deliver two inspirational presentations in the New Theatre

Thursday 14th November: Allergy awareness day. Join us for an allergy symbol quiz – how clued up are you?

Friday 15th November: Respect competition launched! Join our focus groups to discuss what respect means to you and enter our annual ‘Respect’ competition (closes 22nd November). Three Prize winners will receive £10 Love to Shop vouchers

Erika Montgomery, Director of Equality and Diversity, says “Our Diversity Weeks are an integral part of our College calendar. Every day we celebrate our diverse student body, but these special Diversity Weeks really allow us to highlight specific themes within Equality and Diversity, such as Hidden Disabilities, helping us to raise awareness and spread understanding throughout our community. These values really underpin the respect and tolerance that makes HNC a special place to study and work, and I hope that every student joins us to celebrate our first Diversity Week of the academic year!”