At Bath College we are committed to maintaining a respectful community where all of our students and staff can learn develop and grow within a dignified and safe place.
At the heart of a heritage city we are proud to be a college that is chosen by people from a wide range of backgrounds. We are determined to recognise the diversity of our staff and students and celebrate it.
We work with parents, students and community partners to ensure we are fair. The College expects all of our staff, students and partners to work together to challenge all forms of discrimination and harassment.
Our policies and practice welcome and support the protected characteristics set out in The Equality Act 2010. These are:
- Gender reassignment (transgender)
- Marriage/civil partnership
- Religion or belief
- Pregnancy/maternity leave
- Sexual orientation
If you feel we are not living up to this policy, or you are pleased to see that we do, please tell us by contacting Theresa Hallett, Student Welfare Manager, on 01225 328 569 or 01761 433161 Ext 569, or email Theresa.firstname.lastname@example.org
Bath College Values and British Values
At Bath College, our way of working, our policies and procedures, teaching and learning and support for the individual are consistent with the British Values defined by the Government as:
- Democracy – Democracy can be seen as a state of society characterised by equality of rights and privileges. It can also refer to our nation’s electoral systems.
- The Rule of Law – All people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced.
- Individual Liberty – Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside Government control.
- Mutual Respect – The proper regard for an individual’s dignity, which is reciprocated.
- Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs – A fair, objective, and permissive attitude to those whose faith and beliefs and non-beliefs may differ from one’s own.
These values are embedded into the ethos of the College and we expect all staff, whatever their role, to exemplify these values. We want our students to develop an understanding of the values through their whole learning experience – through teaching and learning sessions, independent study, tutorials, enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities and wider cross College events.
Read more about how the students learn about these values.
Bath College is committed to working in partnership with agencies focused on supporting our students and staff and celebrating their diversity.
- Safeguarding Policy
- Bullying and Harassment Policy
- Community Cohesion Policy
- Dignity at Work Policy
- Equality Policy – Aug 15
Equality and Diversity Committee
The Equality and Diversity Committee meet approximately five times a year to discuss the College’s progress towards outstanding equality of opportunity and celebration of diversity. The Committee comprises of representatives of College staff and students, Governors and relevant outside agencies who come together to champion and challenge the College’s work on equality and diversity issues.
The college has identified a number of equality objectives for the 4 year period April 2012 to April 2016. In summary, these are:
- To increase success rates on all level 1 long programmes to match or exceed national averages.
- To increase male success rates to match those of females at all levels and across all subject areas.
- To demonstrate consultation with learners with protected characteristics so that there is meaningful and evidenced contribution to equality impact assessments and key strategic decisions.
- To ensure that student satisfaction rates, as evidenced through student surveys are as high for students with protected characteristics as those without.
- To increase by 4% the percentage of Black and Minority Ethnic staff to bring it closer to that of the student cohort
- To collate a comprehensive staff database of the protected characteristics identified by the Equality Act 2010 to enable effective monitoring of the college’s compliance with the Act’s general duties.