Herefordshire College of Technology values social and cultural diversity and aims to ensure you will find the college to be an inclusive and welcoming place to study. We are a learner focused organisation with values based on trust, integrity and respect. We seek to provide a working environment free from harassment, discrimination and victimisation. We will not tolerate any form of discriminatory behaviour against actual or potential learners, visitors or employees. The college aims to actively promote equality of opportunity and challenge discriminatory attitudes.
Equality and diversity effects everyone as we all work in diverse teams with people of different genders, ethnic origins, sexual orientation, ability, beliefs, values, and working styles.
It is important to understand what we mean by equality and diversity, how it impacts on everyday life and the reasons for and benefits of promoting it.
Definition of Equality
Equality is about fair treatment
'Equality' means treating all groups of people fairly, providing equality of opportunity and removing barriers to success. it is not about treating everyone the same because different people have different needs. For example, making reasonable adjustments for disabled people removes to equality of opportunity and helps prevent discrimination. Increasing our understanding of the needs of different groups of people promotes good relations between people.
Our equality principles are:
- Challenging Inequality
- Celebrating Diversity
- Committed to Safeguarding
These principles recognise and support the equality characteristics set out in the 2010 Equality Act which are:
- Gender reassignment (transgender)
- Marriage/civil partnership
- Religion or belief
- Pregnancy/maternity leave
- Sexual orientation
Definition of Diversity
Diversity is about respecting difference
'Diversity' refers to individual difference. People are unique and differ from one another in a range of ways. Differences may or may not be visible and may include personal characteristics such as background, culture and personality. We value diversity, which means that we aim to realise the potential of every individual learner or member of staff.
The College encourages everyone to participate in learning and actively combats harassment and bullying.