Equal Opportunities Policy

Introduction & Equal Opportunity Policy Statement:

 

The Staff of UK College recognize that many groups and individuals are discriminated against. This affects their ability to take part, on an equal basis, with others to work in education and training and in all aspects of life. Such issues of discrimination diminish the many opportunities available for everyone and opposes the principles of this College.

 

Directors at this College strongly believe that education is a right for all. We will ensure, to the best of our ability, that College staff, students and clients are not discriminated against directly or indirectly because of their gender, race, disability, sexuality, nationality, religious belief, employment status, social class, caste, age, size, medical status, and marital status. We are totally opposed to any form of discrimination and will take serious disciplinary action if discrimination proven to have taken place.

 

To do so we will:

 

  • Challenge discrimination, victimisation and harassment
  • Value the diversity of learners, the local communities and the workforce
  • Ensure that our services, facilities and resources are accessible to all our students, staff and visitors
  • Maintain the culture within our organisation which ensures that equal opportunities are at the heart of all our plans, policies and practices
  • Be fair, reasonable in all our responsibilities

 

We will ensure that the College follows its legal responsibilities as laid down in all current legislation, relevant to the operation of this College:-

 

  • Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act
  • The Sex Discrimination Act
  • The Equal Pay Act
  • The Race Relations Act
  • The Further and Higher Education Act
  • Community Care Act
  • The Employment Rights Act
  • Protection Against Harassment Act
  • EC Legislation as applicable
  • The Equality Act

 

Actions:

 

We are an equal opportunity Employer and will seek to make the College services and facilities available to everyone:

 

College will ensure that:

 

  • Educational needs of students and staff are properly assessed
  • We identify physical, environmental and curricular barriers and ensure their removal where possible
  • There is provision of a welcoming atmosphere for everyone
  • A support system for all is established

 

The College will utilise its statistics regarding staff and students on the basis of race, gender and disability to assist the College in planning and promoting its provision.

 

The College does not exist in isolation. It interacts with a number of organisations, groups and individuals. Therefore:

 

  • We will use all possible opportunities to promote our own position
  • We will seek to influence people outside the college
  • We will advocate the interests of disadvantaged groups to others
  • We will regularly consult with and seek advice from any relevant body.

 

Marketing, Publicity and Public Liaison:

 

  • The College will take positive action by evaluating the needs of people with disabilities, women and ethnic minorities and disadvantaged groups in order to provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • All College publicity will reflect equality of opportunity.
  • Publicity material will, where possible, be in appropriate languages and media.
  • All marketing material will reflect a welcoming message for all.

 

Curriculum:

 

  • Through our curriculum, the national curriculum or that of the appropriate accreditation body, we will support initiatives for all.
  • The Curriculum encompasses:
    • Needs analysis
    • Subject content
    • Student centered and work–related teaching and learning
    • Assessment of students
    • Record of achievement
    • Evaluation of provision
    • Progress to higher learning and/or employment
  • We will promote planning, teaching and learning styles and resources for equality of opportunity.
  • Learning materials will be free from discrimination, assumptions, images and inappropriate language.
  • We will seek to provide learning support for such groups who, through reasons of stereotype or discrimination, have so far found it difficult to benefit from education.
  • The College will establish monitoring and evaluation procedures for the assessment of the learning needs of individual students.

 

Code of Practice:

 

The College is committed to ensuring the implementation of its equal opportunities objectives and procedures, both as an employer and a provider of education and training.

 

This will include appropriate practice and procedures in relation to:

 

  • Employment
  • Tendering and contractual arrangements
  • Training programmes for all staff
  • Student contract
  • Grievance and disciplinary procedures
  • The inclusion of equal opportunities consideration in all Colleges reports and publications.

Employees:

 

The College will ensure that the selection, training and promotion of Staff are based solely on the criteria of merit and ability and that therefore no job applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment on grounds of age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, domestic circumstances or marital status, political or religious belief.

 

Support for Employees:

 

  • Flexible working arrangements (where feasible)
  • Part time / job share opportunities (where feasible)
  • Training policy, enabling employees to gain qualifications /skills to develop career opportunities
  • Maternity, paternity and leave systems
  • Information, Advice and Guidance to deal with racial, disability, sexual, bullying issues
  • Compassionate consideration of personal issues
  • Assurance that employees are being treated fairly and given equal opportunities
  • Improved access for disabled people where this is possible or make suitable alternative arrangements where it is not.

 

To do so we will:

 

  • Carry out fair recruitment procedures
  • Provide equal opportunities in recruitment and selection.
  • Use positive action messages in our advertising to encourage under-represented groups to apply and conduct targeted advertising in a range of media
  • Regularly monitor and review our employment policy
  • Consult with the public through local representative community groups where this is appropriate.
  • Consult with employees, where possible, on all aspects of equal opportunities.

 

What is expected from our employees?

 

Whilst the main responsibility for providing equal opportunity is that of the employer, individual employees, at all levels, also have responsibilities.  Tackling discrimination requires a commitment by all. In particular, individual employees must not:

 

  • Discriminate in any manner
  • Encourage or attempt to encourage other employees, learners or visitors to practice unlawful discrimination
  • Harass, abuse or intimidate any other employees, learners and/or members of the public.

 

Each employee will be responsible for his or her own behavior and it is a condition of service that employees adhere to College’s Equal Opportunity Policies.

 

Learners:

 

Our learners can expect from us:

  • The availability of a range of learning opportunities, provision of well qualified tutors and high quality teaching
  • The opportunity for learners to gain qualifications/skills for their personal development and  for access to career opportunities
  • Support for authorized learner absences
  • Availability of our policies, procedures and information in accessible formats (on request and subject to reasonable and practical notice)
  • Regular feedback to all learners on their progress and achievements and the opportunity to discuss any difficulties they may have
  • Provision of learning materials as required, in accessible formats
  • Access by all learners to confidential information advice, guidance and support pre-course and at other times, on request
  • Administer learners’ complaints fairly, honestly and confidentially
  • Treat all learners with courtesy and respect
  • Provide opportunities for learners who are disabled, including sensory impairment and/or hearing difficulties) and the opportunity to disclose any difficulties in confidence

 

To do so we will:

 

  • Implement and monitor an effective complaints procedure
  • Ensure all learners have appropriate assessments and support
  • Give all learners regular feed back regarding their progress and the opportunity for discussion
  • Ensure all learners have appropriate induction to their programme of learning activities.
  • Provide training for staff on DDA

 

We ask that all learners:

  • Do not accept bullying or harassment
  • Think before they speak – in recognition that inappropriate remarks can offend
  • Respect, recognize and acknowledge other learner’s varying needs
  • Respect the learning environment by attending regularly and punctually.
  • Respect the property of other people
  • Do not smoke, consume alcohol or illegal drugs on our premises
  • Always ask for help when they need it
  • Be prepared to challenge and report inappropriate behaviour

 

Monitoring:

 

  • The College will collect statistics about staff and students on the basis of race, gender and disability
  • These statistics will form part of the future planning processes
  • The information obtained will be used to continuously review and develop the College’s equal opportunity policies
  • The College’s Equal Opportunities Policy will be revised annually.

 

Written by:  VB

Created Date: 5th Jan 2012

This process takes effect from: 1st Feb 2012

Modified on 10th May 2013