HoW College celebrates Investors in Diversity Reaccreditation!

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HoW College celebrates Investors in Diversity Reaccreditation!

10 August 2018

Female staff member holding Investors in Diversity Award outside of Osprey House

Staff and students at the Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) are celebrating as they gain their Investors in Diversity Standard at Stage 2 reaccreditation.

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.

HoW College was credited for its continued commitment to EDl and its ability to demonstrate college values through engagement with external events such as Pride, established policies and commitment to further training across the organisation.

Speaking about the College’s success, Director of Quality, Higher Education and Professional, Claire Barton said:

“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. Our Advisor was struck by our Student Voice, which seeks input from students across all courses and our rigid approach and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.”

The National Centre for Diversity Advisor, Fiona McPhail added:

“I was impressed by the work that Heart of Worcestershire College has put into embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and the heartfelt and genuine commitment of all those I spoke with.

The students I spoke with were highly complementary about College staff. They believed them to be highly trained and skilled. They highlighted the pro-active approach taken by staff across all groups, not just teaching staff, to ensure that they were achieving to their best and identified a common theme of alertness to their wellbeing.

It has been a pleasure working with a College and I wish them every future success.”