Equality & Diversity

Whatever your background, and whatever you need from us to support your studies, University Centre Somerset will help you make the most of your time here. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of equality and diversity, and do all we can to support a broad mix of students. 

"A wealth of evidence shows that education is a key determinant of life chances. As well as being a right in itself, education is an enabling right, allowing individuals to develop the skills, capacity and confidence to secure other rights and economic opportunities" How Fair is Britain?
Equality and Human Rights Commission 2010

A Word from the Principal

We have legal duties to promote equality and recognise, celebrate and value the diversity of all members of our community. However, our commitment goes beyond than that and has a positive impact on our student’s lives. We have improved access for students with disabilities in recent years, and are constantly reviewing our policies and procedures to ensure we are up to date with current legislation.

University Centre Somerset is committed to reducing and eliminating disadvantage, harassment, bullying, prejudice and discrimination by following legislation and taking positive action.

The college has set challenging targets and will strive to achieve these whilst aiming to extend our own expectations and enabling others to fulfil their true potential.

We encourage learners to take an active role in promoting equality of opportunity both in their studies and in general college life.

Positive about Disabled People

In agreement with Jobcentre Plus, we take the relevant action to ensure we meet the following five commitments:

Discrimination

 

If you would like to talk to someone about any problems you are facing or want to find out more about Equality & Diversity at University Centre Somerset then please contact: Kristyn Woodward 01278 455464 or email woodwardk@bridgwater.ac.uk

Disabled Students

Bridgwater & Taunton College's procedures fully comply with the Disability Discrimination Act and encourages students to ask for any additional support they may need. 

For further information on how the College meets the needs of disabled individuals please contact Kristyn Woodward 01278 455464 or email woodwardk@bridgwater.ac.uk

 

Reports and Action Plans

The College is committed to understanding the profile of our staff and learners. This is so we can address any issues that relate to equality of opportunity in either the recruitment or success of learners and staff.

Draft Equality Objectives for Consultation

We have developed Equality Objectives that are reviewed on a four yearly basis. To view our Equality Objectives please click here.

If you wish to comment on these objectives, please contact Kristyn Woodward 01278 455464 or email woodwardk@bridgwater.ac.uk

 

Below are our Student and Human Resources reports, please click the links to view:

Equality and Diversity HR Report 2014-15

Single Equality Policy and Scheme

Our new Equality Policy and Scheme is available below. Our annually revised actions plans can be found in the reports above.

Single Equality Scheme (Equality and Diversity Policy)

For more information on the Equality Act please visit the Equality and Human Rights Commission - www.equalityhumanrights.com

The Principal is responsible for issues relating to Equality and Diversity. The Principal delegates this responsibility to the Head of Human Resources for all staff matters. Please contact Rob Parsons on 01278 455464 email parsonsr@bridgwater.ac.uk