At Chichester College, we positively and robustly uphold the principles of inclusivity and equality of opportunity.
Our core values include ‘respecting and valuing all individuals’ and this core value is embedded in all we do from our Admissions Policy to everyday life at College. We pride ourselves on the inclusive nature of the College, which is identified in our strategic objectives and embraced in the day to day life of the college and our communities. With a large international community studying and living alongside our UK students, we celebrate and respect diversity.
We're committed to providing an environment in which everyone is welcome, where everyone's needs are being catered to (to the best of the College's ability), and where everyone is respected. The College promotes the principle of equality of opportunity for all. This means ensuring that no one is discriminated against or treated unfairly, regardless of background.
We value diversity and appreciate and celebrate the diversity that exists amongst us all. We see diversity in a positive way as something which adds value to everyone else's growth and development. We're passionate about providing excellent education in an environment where the rights of all individuals and cultures are celebrated and respected.
We believe in promoting positive attitudes to diversity whilst respecting the rights and beliefs of each other, regardless of gender, age, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnerships, disability, race, religion and belief, or sexual orientation.
The college pledges to:
- Have a continuous and positive focus on providing positive quality diversity training for staff and learners;
- Regularly review and seek to improve our policies and strategies;
- Improve the monitoring and response to diversity issues and concerns; and
- Embed quality and diversity in all that we do.
IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism has been adopted by the Chichester College Group. For clarification, we share the view that it is not anti-Semitic to hold the Israeli Government to the same standards as other liberal democracies, or to take a particular interest in the Israeli Government’s policies or actions, without additional evidence to suggest anti-Semitic intent.
Governance and management of equality and diversity
Chichester College Group is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion. It is considered throughout our governance structures and recently has been the focus of a governor development event. It is a key priority for the Group Leadership Team.
The key principles of equality, diversity and human rights are embedded in all aspects of its business, activities and culture. However, the Chief Executive has also established an equality, diversity and inclusion working group following the murder of George Floyd. The action plan focuses on specific areas covering Students, Staff and Stakeholders. Staff are updated on progress in achieving the key objectives at termly staff briefings.
Equality and diversity themes and objectives are key topics covered in our Attitudes, Choices, Skills and employability (ACES) tutorial sessions but are also embedded in the everyday life of the colleges.