Huddersfield New College is thrilled to reveal that the College has been awarded a hat trick of awards at the National Centre for Diversity FREDIE awards - including being named as the Number 1 Organisation in the UK for the fifth time! 

The National Centre for Diversity (NCFD) Awards celebrate and recognise organisations and individuals who demonstrate excellent levels of FREDIE: Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement. At last week's award ceremony the NCFD also announced the Top Most Inclusive Workplaces Index and for the fifth time, HNC has been named as the Number 1 organisation in the UK. The top 100 features a diverse range of institutions including major blue chip companies, charities and universities. 

Alongside this major accolade, we celebrated being awarded two individual awards – HNC was named as the FE College of the Year and our retiring Principal Angela Williams took away the title of Principal of the Year. 

The photo gallery below shows our representatives at the awards, and the main image features Principal Marcus Connor-Smith (far right) with Erika Montgomery Director of FREDIE (second left) and Kam Rogerson, Assistant Principal with strategic responsibility for FREDIE (centre) with representatives from the Staff Diversity Champion team. 

Kam Rogerson, Assistant Principal comments: “FREDIE is a golden thread running through all aspects of life in our forward thinking College community. We are proud of how our staff and students are part of a family where fairness, respect, equality and inclusion is at the heart of everything we do – with lots of opportunity for students to engage in events and activities that help them to learn about the part they can play in challenging any inequalities they may see in the outside world. This has been a longstanding approach for our College, and we are thrilled that we have been named the Number 1 in the UK for the fifth time, and the FE Provider of the Year 2022. We would also like to congratulate Angela, who has been instrumental in ensuring that FREDIE is at the heart of everything we do.”

Erika Montgomery, Director of FREDIE says: “We are incredibly passionate about FREDIE and ensuring our students and staff can explore and celebrate their own differences and those of others. Throughout the year our students are given meaningful and unique ways to do this, including through our dedicated Equality and Diversity Weeks. These values are at the heart of what we do as a College, and in supporting our young people to thrive in the wider world. The FREDIE Awards are of course a real recognition of a successful approach, and recognise how each and every one of our College community plays their part in treating everyone inside and out of College with respect and dignity.”

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