Equality and Diversity Statement
John Ruskin College is committed to the principle of fairness for all. The College’s aims encompass a determination to ensure that all staff and students have an equitable and fair opportunity to maximise their potential.
We are committed to ensuring that people feel valued, included and feel that they are treated with respect. John Ruskin College will create and maintain an environment in which diversity is valued.
The College will seek to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination by incorporating equality duties into its policies and practices at all levels and fostering an ethos of respect and tolerance in all its members.
- Advance equality of opportunity by enabling all members to access services of the highest standard, regularly maintaining and checking that no groups are disadvantaged.
- Foster good relations by celebrating diversity, acting to resolve issues including discrimination and promoting the values of diversity and equality in all members.
This commitment to equality and diversity underpins and influences all areas of College activity. We want all staff and students, whatever their backgrounds, to have a fair and equitable chance to learn, develop and to succeed.
It is essential that we know the different factors and influences on a student or a member of staff which make them feel included, motivated and valued so that we can support them to be the best that they can be.
It is important that everyone understands that good equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) practice is actually a key determinant of success for our College.
Below are some of the main reasons why.
- It is the right thing to do. Quite rightly everyone expects fairness for all in a college. We have a moral and professional duty to meet that expectation.
- Funding depends on the College maintaining and increasing student numbers. Each student is different so understanding as much as possible about the different students at the College will enable us to support them to succeed.
- Reputation. When students feel welcomed and included, they tell others and the College’s reputation becomes further enhanced.
- Good EDI practices lead to staff and students feeling contented and happy which makes them feel motivated and productive.
- If staff are contented and happy they are more likely to stay thereby reducing the high costs of recruitment.
- We need to be representative of the local community so that there is a connection, trust and affinity between the different staff and students at the College.
- Being more EDI proficient and confident will give us a competitive advantage over colleges that we “compete” with.
- Good EDI practices build trust and reduce the amount of complaints or grievances that people have thereby reducing risk.
- There are significant educational and developmental, personal and professional benefits to internalising and strengthening worthy principles around EDI.
- Internalising and strengthening principles around EDI can assist people to re-evaluate how they see things which could lead to a positive change in attitudes, beliefs, behaviours, habits and conduct.
- Understanding and embracing diversity can enrich the lives of students and staff.
The College has a Single Equalities Policy which provides the framework for its commitment as well as an equality and diversity action plan.