Equality and Diversity

Students contribute to our Diversity Matters tree in reception.Students contribute to our Diversity Matters tree in reception.

Shrewsbury Colleges Group celebrates and values the diversity brought to it by all members of the community and is committed to providing a supportive, creative and inspiring environment where everyone is treated fairly, regardless of age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race, religion or belief; gender and sexual orientation.

We are committed to creating a positive learning and working environment that is free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation and place equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do:

  • All college policies and procedures go through the Equality Impact Assessment procedure
  • Annual staff and student surveys include Equality and Diversity questions and analysis
  • The Group’s Equality and Diversity Committee monitors our commitment with a diverse cross-college membership comprising of senior management, teaching and support staff, students and representatives from the Governors and Corporation
  • We embed equality and diversity in the curriculum and tutorials
  • Staff undertake regular CPD to improve their understanding and practise of issues related to Equality & Diversity
  • The Group supports the embedding of Equality and Diversity through its E&D Lead Governor, who sits on the Group’s E&D Committee and reports back both to the Quality Committee and the Board itself

In addition to fulfilling its legal obligations, the Group actively promotes awareness of an inclusive society through its students’ work in a variety of initiatives, learning materials and events that include Black History Month, British Values, Anti-bullying Week, International Women's Day, Holocaust Memorial Day and Mental Health Awareness Week. Our annual diversity week has a variety of speakers and workshops from such organisations as Stonewall, Gender Matters, Refugee Action, The Ark, as well as the local Muslim community.

We also work with the local community, through FREsh, a registered society promoting equality, diversity and the elimination of unfair treatment and discrimination within and beyond Shropshire. Other involvements within the community include the Shrewsbury LGBT history festival in February and our links with primary schools who participate in the annual primary school day.

Further information on the Group’s commitment to Equality and Diversity can be found in the following documents, policies and procedures:

Students organise a variety of events and displays, like this one for International Women's Day, with a competition to identify famous women.

Overcoming Adversity Awards 2015

Students at the Overcoming Adversity Awards 2015Every year the College holds VQ Day which is a celebration of vocational achievement and the benefits of practical, technical and vocational learning. As part of this event the College Equality & Diversity Committee, in partnership with the Corporation, hosted the Annual Overcoming Adversity Awards. 

The Awards provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate those students who have overcome obstacles and risen to achieve at the College. This year, Certificates of Achievement were awarded to 8 students, with 2 receiving Commended Awards. This annual event is an important part of the College’s programme to celebrate and recognise diversity.

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