Equality and Inclusion

Fair and equal

We provide fair and equal opportunities to all learners, staff, stakeholders and partners. The college welcomes learners and staff from all backgrounds. We actively promote equality and eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

We are committed to:

  • eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • advancing equality of opportunity
  • fostering good relations

We will ensure that:

  • each person who comes to the college is treated fairly and equally
  • no one receive less favourable treatment than another on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or marriage or civil partnership status
  • selection criteria and procedures are reviewed regularly to ensure that they operate on the basis of fairness, equality of opportunity and anti-discrimination
  • while staff or students are with the college, everyone has equal access to choices and opportunities for study or personal or professional development, and no one is discriminated against as a result of any action, intentional or otherwise

The equality policy extends to all those who engage with the college: associates, partners, customers, contractors and suppliers.

Download our Access and Inclusion Strategy

Discrimination/harassment/bullying

We do not tolerate discrimination, harassment or bullying in any form, including cyber-bullying, whether involving students or staff. This could include exclusion, bullying, ridicule, teasing, suggestive comments posted on social networking websites, touching or assaults.

View our Bullying and Harassment policy

Inclusiveness

We want to make sure that opportunities for learning are available to the widest range of prospective students, with support for those who need it. If it is within its power and allowed by law, we will take positive action to promote choice, opportunity and progression for our staff and students, and to modify and extend arrangements generally to accommodate the needs of individuals and groups.

We are committed to promoting and facilitating lifelong learning. We aim to:

  • identify the learning needs of our local community and design and deliver relevant courses
  • foster aspirations of attainment and encourage individuals to reach their full potential irrespective of circumstances
  • provide relevant and useful information to prospective learners about the courses and support which we can provide
  • provide suitable facilities and arrangements to enable students to achieve success in learning
  • be accessible, helpful and welcoming to current and prospective students
  • participate in networks which share a common purpose in planning training and arranging support for individual learners

We are committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with learning difficulties are treated fairly. We will make all reasonable adjustments to ensure that students who have a disability or learning need are not substantially disadvantaged. We want to be a disability-friendly college. Please help us to achieve this by:

  • bringing to our attention any potential discrimination against disabled people, and ensuring that we know about any reasonable adjustments we could make to give disabled people a fair deal at college
  • letting us know about your disability or learning needs and what assistance or reasonable adjustments we can make for you to help you apply for a course or during your studies

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)

We are dedicated to raising awareness and to improving visibility of LGBT people.

  • We are committed to ensuring that LGBT staff and students have support, and that everyone is valued and included.
  • We review policies and procedures regularly to ensure that all people are treated equally and fairly, and that everyone has help and advice when they need it.
  • We have been awarded the LGBT Charter and we continue to adapt our practices, policies, procedures and campus to ensure that everyone feels welcome, safe and part of the South Lanarkshire College community.

To find out more about LGBT support and policies speak to our Student Association by emailing studentassociation@slc.ac.uk or visit LGBT Youth Scotland.

If you want to find out more about equality, diversity or inclusion at South Lanarkshire College, or would like any of our documents in another format, email marketing@slc.ac.uk