GUIDE FOR STUDENTS
Celebrating Equality and Diversity
EQUALITY & DIVERSITY
Here at Huddersfield New College we provide our community with meaningful opportunities to celebrate and explore what Equality and Diversity means to them.
Our approach to Equality and Diversity is award winning â€“ in 2018 the College was named as the UK Organisation of the Year in the National Centre for Diversity Grand Awards for the second year running! Equality and Diversity is at the heart of our thriving, vibrant, and inclusive environment. Each and every student feels part of the same community in which their own uniqueness is valued.Â Our awards reflect how we work hard to ensure that everyone in our college family is treated fairly, and with respect and dignity. We actively seek to eliminate any form of inequality or discrimination on campus and in all aspects of our work. 3
“ The College respects you as being you.” - Student Diversity Champions focus group, May 2017
“We will respect you as an individual and we will work with you to help you to achieve your life and career goals.”
- Angela Williams, Principal
LET ME BE ME Equality and Diversity: the legal aspects Our approach focuses on ensuring that we help everyone understand the vital aspects of the Equality Act 2010, in which the following ‘protected characteristics’ are defined: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.
“People are special in every way as they are all different.” - Timothy, HNC student
“ As a College we are supportive and inclusive of everyone, no matter what their background or difficulties, making us the happiest and safest environment to study in.” - Alice, HNC student
“ I feel that people here show each other respect and kindness. They don’t judge anyone by their face colour or their race.” - Mukesh, HNC student
If you treat others with kindness, they will be kind back
Respect makes people feel safe to be themselves without fear of being bullied Respect makes you feel valued and included
Respecting cultural differences is a vital quality needed throughout life
Being respectful to others eliminates discrimination, bullying and harassment
Respect encourages the acceptance of others
Respect helps you to learn about different cultures
What does respect mean to you? We run regular competitions for students. Please email Erika, our Equality and Diversity Manager, email@example.com with your thoughts on what respect means to you!
“Respect people’s feelings. Even if it doesn’t mean anything to you, it could mean everything to them.” - HNC Student As a community, it is an expectation that we are polite, courteous and respectful to all.
CELEBRATING EQUALITY & DIVERSITY We offer lots of opportunities for you to be involved in events and activities that celebrate Equality and Diversity! Being involved in our events offers you a chance to meet new people and make new friends with people who are from different backgrounds and cultures.
â€œI am proud to study at a College that celebrates cultural diversity because it gives us a chance to experience different cultures that we are not normally accustomed to.â€? - Josie, HNC student
JOIN OUR NEXT EVENT We publicise our events around College. Come along and experience our approach to Equality and Diversity in action at the next one.
Banter or bullying? Playful ‘joshing’ or something hurtful?
“There’s a fine line between banter and bullying” - HNC Student
The Anti-Bullying Policy can be found under the policy section of the Huddersfield New College website.
HNC will not tolerate bullying, harassment or discrimination in any form. This includes inappropriate texting or misuse of social networks. We are proud to be holders of the national BIG award, which is awarded for excellence in bullying intervention.
Bullying will not be tolerated. Remember that all of these can be hurtful: • Banter • Teasing
• Gossip • Rumours
Your actions and behaviour can affect others! Think before you: TEXT
If you see or experience any instance of bullying, please report it! You can speak to any member of staff or report it via Moodle. See noticeboards around College for Safeguarding Officers or you can contact Sonia Ross, Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Don’t forget that the biggest impact we can have to reduce cyberbullying is to model kindness and respect both online and off – stay safe, fun and connected. -Anti-Bullying Alliance
STAY SAFE & HAPPY SOCIAL MEDIA: DOs AND DON’Ts
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Protect your accounts. Keep your password secret from others Password protect your phone so that no one can use it to impersonate you Always think about what you post Think about who sees what you post online Keep your parents/carers in the loop Don’t reply to any nasty messages you receive. Keep the messages that you have been sent so that you can show someone. If in doubt, block it! Don’t share, comment on, or like any bullying posts. Sharing or commenting could make the situation worse Don’t keep it to yourself or try to deal with it alone Take screenshots so that you can report it
The noticeboards around College show you who are our Staff Equality and Diversity Champions and who are our Student Equality and Diversity Champions. Staff can be recognised by their yellow badges, whilst students wear a blue one!
Want to get involved? The team welcomes ideas from all students about how we can celebrate our approach to being an inclusive and diverse community, including any future events! You can speak to any member of the team, or email Erika, our Equality and Diversity Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org Interested in becoming a Student Diversity Champion? Becoming a Student Diversity Champion offers you the chance to get really involved in College life. You will meet new people, and build skills. If you would like to find out more, please email Erika on the details above.
A THANK YOU
FIND OUT MORE You can visit Moodle for links to lots of advice and support
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This guide was put together with the help of our Student Diversity Champions Margueritte, Ephraim, Alice, Tim, Rose, Tamika, Laura, Murriam, Harriet, Sian, Kai, Iqra, Dili, and staff, Erika Montogomery, Angela Dalgleish, Zoe Shackleton