At West Suffolk College everyone has a right to be treated with respect and dignity, learners, staff, visitors or service user. It is our aim to provide an inclusive working and learning environment where everyone in the College community is fully respected and supported.
The College will make sure that you are not treated unfairly for reasons which cannot be legitimately justified. West Suffolk College is proud of and values the contributions made by the rich diversity of all who work and learn here.
This page and the documents within contain information about how equality and diversity is managed at West Suffolk College and how we aim to meet our duties arising under the Equality Act 2010.
What is equality?
Equality is about making sure individuals or groups are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age. By promoting equality, we can remove discrimination in all of these areas. Bullying, harassment and victimisation are also considered as equality and diversity issues.
What is diversity?
This means recognising, valuing and taking account of peoples' different backgrounds, knowledge, skills, needs and experiences – to contribute and realise their full potential by promoting an inclusive culture for all staff and students.
Policies and Monitoring
We collect and monitor data relating to staff and learners to understand and, if necessary, address the effects of our policies and procedures. We are collecting staff and student data to cover all of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. Staff are actively encouraged by our HR department to provide more information about their protected characteristics.
Managing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Responsibility for Equality and Diversity at West Suffolk College lies with the Vice Principal Curriculum and Quality with day to day management undertaken by the Assistant Principal for Quality Improvement. The Equality Board is chaired by the Assistant Principal for Student Learning and Success.
Please see the links below for other policies and documents related to equality and diversity:
- Equality and Diversity Policy
- Completed 2018/19 Improvement Plan and 2019/20 Plan
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Objectives
- Culture, Religion and Belief Policy
- Confidentiality Policy - Pastoral Care
- Gender Pay Gap Report
- Publishing Equality Information
- Confidentiality Policy and Procedure - Disability
- Policy on Sexual Orientation of Learners
- Policy and Procedure for Dealing with Bullying and Harassment
- Feedback, Compliments & Suggestions for Improvement Form