HOW College celebrates Investors in Diversity award

07 January 2016

HoW College celebrates Investors in Diversity award


Staff and students at the Heart of Worcestershire College are celebrating today after achieving the Investors in Diversity Standard at Stage 2.

The Investors in Diversity Award is recognised as much more than just a highly prized and prestigious quality mark. It provides an all-encompassing methodology for improving Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) practices in the workplace. Those that achieve the Investors in Diversity Award have been enabled to take a structured and planned approach to embedding EDI at the heart of what they do. It also provides an excellent framework to bring together an organisation’s work around EDI.

Speaking about the College’s success, Julia Breakwell, Director of Learner Services, said:

“The journey towards achieving this prestigious award has been paved with changes, not least with the merging of the two colleges. However our newly formed HoW College has been able to keep EDI as a high priority and has been able to improve its performance in many areas. This award is a credit to the whole college community, the staff, the students and the external organisations we work with. I am really proud of our achievements and thrilled with such positive survey results. It’s fantastic when an external body can independently confirm what we already believe to be true. HoW College values Inclusivity, Collaboration, Integrity and Trust. “

Fiona Spence, assessor at The National Centre for Diversity added:

“Heart of Worcestershire College has clearly worked incredibly hard to produce such positive survey results, following on from a merger that involved many difficult decisions and considerable, time and organisation.

The results are clearly a credit to all of those colleagues across the three distinct College campuses who have worked so hard to support students and the College community alike.

It has been a pleasure working with a College, with such a positive and can-do approach to embedding and implementing EDI initiatives and cultural values”.