Equality, Diversity
& Inclusivity

Solihull College & University Centre is proud to have a culture where difference is respected and diversity is celebrated.

As a provider of education and training, Solihull College & University Centre makes a genuine and realistic commitment to continually ensuring equality, valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity and raising awareness of these matters both within and outside of curriculum settings to challenge and minimise discrimination and prejudice in all of its forms.

Policies

Our Values

Solihull College & University Centre (SCUC) embraces the changes brought by The Equality Act 2010.

SCUC has a set of five core values which underpin everything that we do. Equality and Diversity is embedded within the five values.

Our Values:

  1. Inspiring and supporting students to succeed.
  2. Striving for excellence exceeding expectations.
  3. Respecting each other.
  4. Recognising our responsibility.
  5. Caring, sharing and working together.

Equality & Diversity Annual Report

Since 2012, Solihull College & University Centre has been dedicated in producing annual Equality & Diversity reports. The annual reports focus on the work of the College in respect of its equality & diversity activities and responsibilities covering the academic year.

See our previous and latest reports:

Annual Reports

Where our Full-time Students Come From

A significant number of SCUC’s full-time students come from outside of the Solihull Borough. This profile of the College changes very little from year to year.

Area of Residence Number of Students Percentage of Students
Birmingham 2861 50%
North Solihull 534 9%
Other 533 9%
South Solihull 1174 21%
Stratford-upon-Avon 647 11%

Half of our full-time students are from widening participation (WP) areas (i.e., areas of socio-economic deprivation and underrepresentation defined by post code).

What is the difference between equality, diversity, and inclusivity and how does SCUC honour each?

Equality

Equality is ensuring that no single individual or group is treated differently or discriminated against as a result of their protected characteristics.

We welcome all students, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religious belief, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Diversity

Diversity is about exploring the differences between people and groups and valuing these differences.

We are a college community of over 90 nationalities/heritage groups amongst our students and 45 amongst our staff. The Cultures of the College event invites Students and staff to celebrate our college’s diversity through events at each campus.

Inclusivity

Inclusivity is a collective process of engaging and empowering each individual and creating a culture of respect, support, welcoming, and belonging.

This process needs to be visible and its impact must be just as visible.

Our enrichment sports offer is accommodating of all. We offer fifteen weekly sport sessions which are both main-stream and inclusive. Our goal is to provide sessions for under-represented groups which include females, BAME, students with a disability, and students from low socio economic backgrounds.

Introducing the Student Voice Executive Committee

William Pullen

William Pullen

Student Voice President and LGBT+ Officer

The purpose of my role is to lead the Student Voice Executive Committee in helping to make positive changes for all students and promote Student Voice.

Catalin Bucur

Catalin Bucur

Vice President – Equality and Diversity

The purpose of my role is to support the Student Voice President and Student Voice Executive Committee and promote Equality and Diversity.

Akram Afsar

Akram Afsar

Disabled Students’ Officer

The purpose of my role is to ensure the views and opinions of students with disabilities are reflected throughout the whole college.

Alexa Denuta

Alexa Denuta

Women’s Officer

The purpose of my role is to ensure Women’s views and opinions are reflected throughout the whole college.

Ben Starkie

Ben Starkie

Digital & Communications Officer

The purpose of the role is to work closely with the Student Voice Executive to help raise the profile of the Student Voice and participation in its activities.

Fatima Mai-Bornu

Fatima Mai-Bornu

Black & Ethnic Minority Officer

The purpose of my role is to ensure BAME students’ views and opinions are reflected throughout the whole college.

Rebecca Drew

Rebecca Drew

Green and Sustainability Officer

The purpose of my role is to support the college to become greener and to raise awareness of sustainability issues with students.

Annie Figgitt

Annie Figgitt

Stratford-upon-Avon Officer

The purpose of my role is to ensure Stratford students are represented and considered on all matters concerning the Student Voice.

Mobine Hussain

Mobine Hussain

Woodlands Officer

The purpose of my role is to ensure Woodlands students are represented and considered on all matters concerning the Student Voice.

Pete Haynes

Pete Haynes

Vice Principal HR & Student Services

Neil Ladwa

Neil Ladwa

College Governor

Currently a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick, I am heavily involved with Degree Apprenticeships. My career in education spans 17 years where I have undertaken a variety of teaching roles within FE, HE and in work based learning.

Geraldine Swanton

Geraldine Swanton

College Governor

Geraldine is a Legal Director at SGH Martineau LLP and a member of the firm’s Education Team. She has been providing legal advice to colleges and universities for over 20 years, focusing on equality, discipline and contractual matters, as well as constitutional, charity and information law. Geraldine has also worked in education in the UK and overseas and has a keen understanding of the sector.

Equality & Diversity Steering Group

Membership

Our membership is reflective of the various departments within the college. Teachers, support staff, managers and members of our Student Voice Executive Committee are all equal contributors to our committees and represent their respective areas.

The Equality and Diversity Committee receives regular reports on student and workforce data, including:

  • Student equality and diversity profile.
  • Student application to enrolment by ethnicity gender and disability.
  • Student success rates by ethnicity, gender and disability.
  • Staff equality and diversity profile.
  • Staff recruitment profile.

All data can be found in our latest available report.

Report

The steering group meetings provide a positive forum for discussion, debate and initiatives on the College’s approach to equality and diversity.

For example:

  • The introduction of Gender neutral toilets .
  • Review and agreement on the College’s annual equality objectives.
  • The content of tutorials in relation to E & D.
  • The proposal brought by the Student Voice Executive Committee to hold a Women’s conference
  • Consideration of E&D student data, for instance on early student withdrawals, students ‘at risk’, student disciplinary data.

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Equality Objectives

Our equality objectives have been produced in conjunction with staff and students.

We have a strong commitment to equality and diversity and a strong track record in achieving its annual objectives many of which have been carried forward in to the next year with a view top achieving further successes.

We are proud of our achievements to date.

However, there is always more we can do. We feel these objectives are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. They have been designed to add value to existing initiatives and deliver outstanding performance. These objectives are live and will be reviewed regularly. The College invites its key stakeholders: students, staff, parents, governors, employers and community partners, to comment on any aspect of the objectives by emailing equality@solihull.ac.uk

See our equality objectives on page 72 of our latest available report.

Report

Objective

Following our merger with Stratford-Upon-Avon College, we will ensure the newly merged college shares across all areas high expectations and strong values in relation to equality and diversity, fundamental British Values and inclusivity.

We will do this by:

  • Ensuring appropriate membership of the Equality & Diversity Steering Group
  • to include students and staff from all campuses.
  • Reviewing current practices around Stratford events and enrichment.
  • Capturing and analysing data across the whole College to inform E&D
  • strategy and focus.

Objective

We will produce achievementrates that demonstrate the College’s commitment to equality and inclusivity.

We will do this by:

  • Using detailed equality analysis of student performance by age, gender, ethnicity and disability to identify and address any areas of underperformance.

Objective

We will continue to develop a comprehensive programme of enrichment events that celebrate the diversity of the College population.

We will do this by:

  • Working with curriculum areas to identify opportunities for celebration and inclusion in a curriculum context.
  • Further developing the wide range of cultural events within the College’s enrichment programme.

Objective

We will further advance the Solihull College & University Centre’s values around equality and diversity through a programme of learning and development.

We will do this by:

  • Encouraging staff to complete the online Disabled Go development mprogramme on the Equality Act and the 9 protected characteristics.
  • Making the Educare online programme available to all staff.
  • Ensuring staff are briefed on the Equality Policy 2012 and the Equality Act.
  • Ensuring SCUC’s induction programme includes briefings and development on the Equality Act.
  • By making online training programmes available to students.

Objective

We will develop marketing and mcurriculum promotion strategies which seek to address vocational areas of underrepresentation.

We will do this by:

  • Making use of success stories.
  • Sharing case studies of students in non- traditional vocational areas
  • Developing the Equality & Diversity microsite

Objective

We will ensure a consistent approach to successfully embedding E&D into the curriculum.

We will do this by:

  • Working with individual managers through a programme of development to identify and evidence good practice.
  • Ensuring consistency in demonstrating the embedding of Equality & Diversity on schemes of work.
  • We will continue to ensure a consistent approach to the evidencing and evaluating of Equality & Diversity practice in curriculum self-assessment reports.
  • Ensuring an E&D focus within the College’s evaluation of teaching and learning (eg learning walk themes).

Objective

We will seek to ensure that SCUC’s staffing profile more closely reflects the student profile.

We will do this by:

  • Our target for July 2019 is for the staff profile to consist of 17% from BAME groups.

Objective

We will embed the work of the Student Voice Executive into the SCUC’s Equality & Diversity Strategy moving forward.

We will do this by:

  • Members of the Student Voice group will represent students on the
  • Equality & Diversity Steering Group
  • Election of Officers to the Executive Committee into key E&D roles eg.
  • Equality & Diversity Officer, Women’s Officer etc
  • The Student Executive to undertake research & analysis of Equality &
  • Diversity within the student group and report to the Equality & Diversity
  • Steering Group.

Objective

We will undertake a review of accessibility of sites across the College and ensure necessary and reasonable adjustments are made.

We will do this by:

  • Disabled Go review of sites, including Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Carry out necessary works.

The college’s commitment to LGBT+ Inclusion

Our college is a safe and inclusive place for LGBT+ learners with a range of inclusion initiatives in place:

  • We have a Pride Club for LGBT+ students that meet weekly.
  • As part of the Student Voice Executive Committee, we have a dedicated LGBT+ officer who works to ensure that LGBT+ voices are heard and represented.
  • LGBT+ issues are regularly discussed at E&D steering group meetings.
  • We raise awareness and celebrate key events throughout the year such as LGBT+ history month, Pride, International Day of Trans Visibility and more.
The Rainbow Flag Student Voice Award 2021

The Rainbow Flag is a national quality assurance framework for education providers that focuses on positive LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus other related identities) inclusion and visibility. The College is proud to have received the Student Voice section of the award after submitting the relevant evidence.

We are applying for the full Rainbow Flag Award this year.

SCUC Awareness Days

Further to our commitment of celebrating diversity and promoting inclusivity, we try our very best to raise awareness of the many national and international days and weeks. We promote these through our student hub and noticeboards around the college. We also try to celebrate and commemorate as many days and weeks as we possibly can internally by either holding stalls, creating mood boards with students, holding parades or serving a particular cuisine.

Upcoming Awareness Days:

Table of Upcoming Awareness Day Dates.
Month Days Weeks Months

February

4th – World Cancer Day

9th – Safer Internet Day

10th – International Day of Women & Girls in Science

12th – Chinese New Year

16th – Shrove Tuesday

17th – Ash Wednesday

25th – Purim

22nd – 26th – Empathy Week

LGBT+ History Month

17th – 3rd – Lent Begins

March

1st – St David’s Day

3rd – World Wildlife Day

4th – World Book Day

8th – International Women’s Day

17th – St Patrick’s Day

19th – Red Nose Day

25th – International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery & the Transatlantic Slave Trade

29th – Holi

31st – International Transgender Day of Visibility

15th – Shakespeare Week

Don’t just take our word for it!