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Equality of Opportunity in Service Delivery

Policy statement

The College is committed to working towards equality of opportunity in all aspects of its service delivery. It will achieve this by:

  • Providing opportunities for access for all local communities and individuals wishing to gain vocational qualifications
  • Developing access arrangements and facilities, where existing conditions present significant barriers to would-be learners
  • Assessing and, wherever possible, accrediting prior experience and achievement
  • Addressing, wherever possible, individual learning needs
  • Providing individual guidance and support, and monitoring progress on courses of study
  • Respecting individuals’ beliefs and customs
  • Providing a generally supportive learning environment, so that all our students can benefit from the opportunities here.

The College is intent upon achieving this within a secular ethos. However, it will respect religious beliefs and customs, and be as flexible as possible in responding to students who hold these beliefs. The College will not however, allocate its resources to any religious instruction or practice.

The communities that we serve are diverse and represent a rich source of experience, skills and values. The College aims to utilise this diversity as a positive force to examine critically the quality and relevance of its services, and to improve and develop them.

The College will not tolerate any form of harassment, intimidation or discrimination on any grounds. Also, it will not allow the expression of views that are intolerant of other beliefs, cultures and customs.

The College will not allow any activities which seek to convert people from one faith or religion to another, or to persuade people to take up a particular faith or religion.

The College will do everything in its power to ensure that it does not give less favourable treatment to students on the grounds of age, disability, gender, marital status, race, religious belief, religious practice or sexual orientation.

Implementation

The College makes it a responsibility of all managers, staff and students to uphold and implement this policy.

The College’s quality control and quality assurance systems will be developed in such a way to enable monitoring and evaluation of the operation and effectiveness of this policy.

The Corporate Plan and Faculty Business plans will address the implementation of major initiatives, and this policy will be used as a corporate standard against which other curriculum and service policies will be developed.

Equality & Diversity Committee Group

Newham College set up the Equality & Diversity Committee in October 2007 and this group has an active Cross-College membership. It is Chaired by the Head of Human Resources & Legal Services.

It meets on a termly basis and is responsible for setting and monitoring the equality and diversity agenda for the College. Its functions are:

  • To meet to discuss the equality and diversity agenda and ways of promoting within the College;
  • To deal with and advise on equality and diversity issues at staff and student level;
  • To impact assess College policies and procedures to ensure that they are not discriminatory;
  • To improve communication of equality and diversity issues across the College;
  • To resolve issues raised by staff and students relating to equality and diversity matters;

The EDC is responsible for monitoring progress on the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan 2015-18.

If you would like further information, please contact Equality@newham.ac.uk

Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) Employee Advisory Group

In July 2008, an LGBT Advisory Group was established following staff demand. The group meets termly to discuss issues and advise on LGBT related matters. The College is committed to LGBT equality.

Its functions are to

  • To meet to discuss ways of promoting LGBT issues within the College;
  • To deal with and advise on LGBT issues at staff and student level;
  • To impact assess College policies and procedures to ensure that they are not discriminatory;
  • To improve communication of LGBT issues across the College; and
  • To resolve issues raised by staff and students relating to LGBT matters.

If you would like further information, please contact Olivia Besly on 0208 257 4262 or Olivia.Besly@newham.ac.uk