Equality

The College's mission is to invest in and provide open-access, flexible, life-time learning creating an environment that supports all students to study and work here.

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.

In this section of the site you will find more information regarding our commitment to Equality of Opportunity in Employment and the priorities we have, our policy statement and aims to support equality of opportunity in our employment policies and practice, plus details of the implementation of these policies and our Equality of Opportunity in Service Delivery policy. You can view the College’s Staffing Profile in our Equality & Diversity Annual Report

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 & 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 Transgender + (LGBT+) Committee

In July 2008, an LGBT+ Committee was established following staff demand. The Committee 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 the diversity and inclusion agenda and ways of promoting sexual orientation and transgender equality within the College;
  • To deal with and advise on diversity and inclusion issues at staff and student level;
  • To impact assess College policies and procedures to ensure that they are not discriminatory;
  • To improve communication of diversity and inclusion issues across the College;
  • To resolve issues raised by staff and students relating to diversity and inclusion matters; and
  • To support and advise on homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and forward the Respect for All and Zero Tolerance campaign.

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