South Staffordshire College

Equality, Diversity & Sustainability

The College policy on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is driven at an organisational level by a committed Senior Leadership Team supported by the College Leadership Team and cross-college engagement of staff and learners. EDI is embedded throughout policies and procedures across all aspects of operation and is overseen by The Equality and Diversity Committee chaired by the Director of Learning and Quality. Related procedures include (not an exhaustive list):

• Bullying and harassment

• Grievance

• Health & Safety

• Safeguarding

• Whistleblowing

At operational level Equality and Diversity is promoted ensuring that all staff receive appropriate training (managed and planned via an annual appraisal process), are informed of their responsibilities and monitored and supported in their ongoing development. All marketing materials and campaigns are designed to promote and encourage Equality and Diversity and we ensure learners are aware of our commitment by proactively promoting our values via, for example; induction, learning content, promotional materials. A portfolio of 14 tools, accessible via the intranet, is available to assist staff in communicating this commitment.

Our Equality and Diversity policies and procedures ensure that:

• We avoid reinforcing stereotypes

• We identify and address mobility and access issues

• We examine and equality impact assess all of our policies and procedures to avoid an unintentionally negative impact on any group with a protected characteristic

• We comply with all legislation

• We place equality at the centre of our decision making

• We work with others who are aware of, and comply with, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, the employment Equality Act 1998 and the Equal Status act 2000

• All staff are aware of their responsibilities and participate in Equal Opportunities and Disabilities Awareness training, including the identification of hidden disabilities

• Equal opportunities extends to the recruitment and advancement of staff
Equality & Diversity Cycle

Click here to download our Equality and Diversity Cycle.
Annual Report Curriculum Summary Applications Split Progress towards Objectives & Impact
Applications to recruitment (learners) H & S Update Curriculum Summary Annual Report Prep
Induction Survey
Learner Services Update On-programme survey
Impact Assessments Update Disciplinaries Staffing Update
Staffing Update Progress towards Objectives & Impact
Progress towards objectives and impact Receive Action Plans
August – October = Final Previous years’ summary to CM for collating to Annual Report
3 Year Equality and Diversity Objectives for 2011/12 – 2013/14

1. Foster good relations between different groups
2. Promote the Harassment and Bullying procedure to learners to eliminate bullying
3. Narrow the success and achievement gap of different groups (EDIMS Targets) and ensure that all learners achieve at least 5% above national averages
4. Ensure that there is a continued analysis of staff and learners in line with statutory requirements
5. Increase understanding and awareness of Equality and Diversity


Sustainability is one of South Staffordshire College’s core principles. The College has placed the protection of the environment at the heart of what it does. This area of the website is devoted to informing both current and future students, staff and partners of the College’s environmental sustainable activities, including:

our stunning BREEAM Excellent new build at Rodbaston
a can recycling campaign to help save the rain forests in Brazil
celebrating being the first FE College in England and Wales to achieve certification to ISO14001.

We have recently become a partner of the North Midlands National Skills Academy in Environmental Technologies and will be offering training in Solar Photovoltaics and wind energy. We will also be installing two large turbines that will contribute green energy to the College and the national grid.

Single Equality Scheme

Single Equality Scheme - Click to download

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