Equality and Diversity – Policy & Practice
Statement of Equality and Diversity Policy
The City College recognizes that its students and staff are central to its success.
This means that the City College is dedicated to the establishment and continuous nurture of a culture of equal opportunities throughout the organisation and is fully committed to:
- Providing equality of opportunity for all students and staff.
- Freedom from unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, gender identity and/or expression, marital or civil partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, religious, spiritual or political beliefs, age or social class.
Only by ensuring equality of opportunity can the College be confident that it is recruiting from the widest available pool of potential students and employees and, in accepting this as one of its central values, it fully accepts and recognises its responsibility under the law.
The Equality Act 2010 brings together and extends existing equality legislation and identifies the following as protected characteristics:
- Disability whether visible or invisible
- Gender Re-assignment
- Marriage and Civil Partnerships
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion and Belief
- Sexual Orientation
Responsibility for implementation of Equality & Diversity Policy
Overall responsibility for the development and implementation of equality and diversity throughout the City College lies with the City College Principal and the Director of Studies. Their involvement and activity is supported by:
- The Director of Assessments
- The City College Legal Counsel
- Heads of Department / Programme Leaders in relation to all teaching and assessment activities within their remit
- The City College Principal and the Director of Studies, working through the individuals listed above will ensure that all staff and students are made aware of the Equality and Diversity Policy and procedures. All employees and students of the City College are responsible for ensuring that all their actions are carried out in terms of the general policy and codes of practice. Any individual may be held personally accountable if any complaint should be made.
Practical application of the Equality and Diversity Policy
The general policy is applicable to all aspects of employment and academic life within the City College. This includes: advertisements / recruitment / pay / terms and conditions of employment / training / redeployment / benefits / promotions / grievance and disciplinary procedures / curriculum development / teaching and assessment / course accreditation and admissions practices. The City College will also take into account equality and diversity considerations when entering into contractual agreements with other organisations.
- Individuals not employed by the City College such as visitors and external contractors are expected to operate within the general terms of this policy.
- The general policy applies to existing, as well as potential, employees and students.
Implementation of the Equality and Diversity Policy
Consultation with staff and students may form part of the process of implementing the Equality and Diversity Policy.
- New staff and students will be informed of their responsibilities regarding acceptance and implementation of the Equality and Diversity Policy during the process of their induction to the City College and, additionally, at appropriate times during their involvement with the College.
- Where considered appropriate, training will be provided to assist with implementation of the City College Equality and Diversity Policy.
Complaints from either staff or students
Any complaint made with regard to any aspect of inequality will be dealt with within the terms of the appropriate complaints procedures.
Equality and Diversity – Employees
The City College is committed to operating as an equality and diversity employer, thereby ensuring that people from all aspects of society are represented at all levels of employment. This is important from the point of view of the long term successful operation of the City College and also for the provision of role models. The City College works actively to:
- Eliminate any type of discrimination at each stage of the recruitment process and for as long as any individual remains in employment within the College.
- Act with expedition to eliminate any identified discriminatory practice.
- Redress any employment imbalances.
- Ensure that all employees, in all parts of the organisation and/or acting on its behalf are aware of, and operate within, the City College Equality and Diversity Policy.
All aspects of recruitment, selection and day-to-day working will be carried out in accordance with the City College Equality and Diversity Policy.
- In most cases posts, either temporary or permanent, will be advertised. Selection for all posts will be based on objective criteria, including job descriptions, person specifications and evidence of competence in the area for which they will be employed.
- The City College will endeavour to develop patterns of work which are consistent with equality and diversity policies and practices.
- Staff will be supported in participating, on an equitable basis, in training and education linked to continuous professional development.
- Employees who feel they have been discriminated against on the grounds of a protected characteristic should feel able to make use of the appropriate complaints procedure.
Feedback and monitoring
- The City College Principal and the Director of Studies are responsible for monitoring applications, appointments and methods of work
- A record of complaints received in relation to Equality and Diversity, will be kept as part of City College system of recording all complaints.
Equality and Diversity – Students
The City College is committed to ensuring that all students have equality of opportunity throughout their programme of study and are free from any form of discriminatory practice by the College or any individual referred to in the Equality and Diversity Policy. Any complaints relating to equality and diversity will be dealt with according to the City College Complaints Policy and Procedure for students.
- Course publicity will ensure that it is evident that the City College welcomes students from all sectors of society. Such publicity will include a statement of the College’s commitment to Equality and Diversity.
- Throughout the admissions process, selection criteria will take note of the City College guidelines on Equality and Diversity and of the provisions of the Equality Act 2010.
- The induction process will include an explanation of the City College Equality and Diversity Policy, including the complaints procedure as well as student disciplinary and complaints procedures.
Teaching and Learning
- The content of course units and teaching/learning strategies will reflect, as appropriate, the needs of education in, and for, a diverse society.
- All Programme Leaders and all unit tutors are responsible for ensuring that course content (within parameters like learning outcomes), teaching and treatment of students are consistent with the City College Equality and Diversity Policy.