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The College's mission is to invest in and provide open-access, flexible, lifetime learning, creating an inclusive environment for students.

The College is committed to creating and sustaining a positive and supportive working environment for our staff, and an excellent teaching and learning experience for our students. As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students. We perceive bullying, harassment and victimisation of any individual as contradictory to our aspirations for a supportive working environment and will not be tolerated. Any allegations of such behaviour will be investigated, and ultimately disciplined, in accordance with the College policies.

We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength. We believe that discrimination or exclusion based on individual characteristics and circumstances, such as age; disability; caring or dependency responsibilities; gender or gender reassignment, identity or expression; marriage and civil partnership status; political opinion; pregnancy and maternity; race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin; religion or belief; sexual orientation; socio-economic background; trade union membership status or other distinctions, represents a waste of talent and a denial of opportunity for self-fulfilment.

We expect commitment and involvement from all our staff, students, partners and providers of goods and services in working towards the achievement of our vision.

You can view the College’s staffing profile in our Equality & Diversity Annual Report.

This section gives you more information about our commitment to equality and diversity, including:

The College complies with Section 54 part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. You can read our slavery and human trafficking policy statement.

Equality & Diversity Committee

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 Director of Human Resources.

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

  • To meet to discuss the equality and diversity agenda and ways of promoting it 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.