Somerset College retains place in Stonewall's Top 100 employers

In a sign of its on-going commitment to diversity, Somerset College has retained a place in Stonewall’s Top 100 Workplace Equality Index for the second year running.

The index is developed by the LGB campaigning charity to highlight the most gay-friendly employers in the country. Somerset College’s inclusion comes as a result of its work to embed a positive LGB agenda throughout its structures.

The College is committed to working constructively with staff and students to raise awareness of equality, and to promote a positive and mature attitude to diversity within the institution.

By securing formal recognition of its efforts from Stonewall, the College has once again cemented its reputation as one of the country’s foremost equal opportunities employers in the FE sector.

Commenting on this year’s index, Simon Feeke (Stonewall Director of Workplace Programmes) said: “Somerset College and every single employer who secured a position on the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2015 list performed remarkably this year. Competition has never been fiercer and the new criteria this year has pushed all of the Top 100 to work harder than ever before.”

The College’s staff have worked particularly hard to incorporate positive messaging around human sexuality across the curriculum, and into enrichment activities for the student population.

The result is a supportive and diverse workplace, in which everyone is accepted and given the chance to flourish, and which models the very best practice in the field of diversity and equality.

Speaking at the time of the initial announcement by Stonewall that Somerset College had made its top 100, Sheena Murphy-Collett, Director of Human Resources and Customers Services, who was crucial to the success of the inclusivity strategy, said: “I am delighted that our hard work and commitment has been recognised by a high-profile organisation like Stonewall. This is a real boost for our College, which has worked hard to be a place where staff are encouraged to be open about their sexual orientation. We are committed to building on our current success and continuing to model best practice in the areas of diversity, inclusion and equality.”

Pictured: Director of Human Resources and Customers Services, Sheena Murphy-Collett