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Equality & Diversity

We have legal duties to promote equality and recognise, celebrate and value the diversity of all members of our community. Recent equality and diversity legislation has had a positive impact on people’s lives. We have improved access for students with disabilities in recent years, and are constantly reviewing our policies and procedures to ensure we are up to date with current legislation.

"A wealth of evidence shows that education is a key determinant of life chances. As well as being a right in itself, education is an enabling right, allowing individuals to develop the skills, capacity and confidence to secure other rights and economic opportunities" - "How Fair is Britain?" Equality and Human Rights Commission 2010

Somerset College is committed to reducing and eliminating disadvantage, harassment, bullying, prejudice and discrimination by following legislation and taking positive action.

Somerset College commits itself to promoting good practice and ensuring that the procedures and conduct of all staff give weight to the Equalities Scheme which covers all areas of College activity, putting equality and diversity at the heart of the organisation benefiting all.

Somerset College encourages learners to take an active role in promoting equality of opportunity both in their studies and in general college life.

Through the scheme the college has set challenging targets and will strive to achieve these whilst aiming to extend our own expectations which enables others to fulfil their true potential.

Rachel Davies
Principal and Chief Executive

Positive About Disabled People

We are able to use this symbol because we have agreed with Jobcentre Plus to take action on these five commitments:

  • To interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities.
  • To ensure there is a mechanism in place to discuss, at any time, but at least once a year, with disabled employees what can be done to make sure they can develop and use their abilities.
  • To make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment.
  • To take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work.
  • Each year to review the five commitments and what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans.


  • We do not accept any form of harassment, bullying or discrimination. This means that racist, sexist or homophobic attitudes and behaviour are not tolerated and discrimination of any type, whether based on age, disability, race, ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, sexual orientation or any other form of abuse or hurtful behaviour is not accepted.
  • We have measures in place to address complaints, such as procedures for reporting and addressing harassment, racial incidents or sexual harassment.
  • We seek to safeguard everyone's equality and diversity and our aim is to create a positive, inclusive experience for everyone who comes through our doors.

If you would like to talk to someone about any problems you are facing or want to find out more about equality & diversity at Somerset College contact:

Claire Merchant-Jones on 01823 366882 or email cm@somerset.ac.uk

Disabled students

We have procedures to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act which encourages students to ask for any additional support they may need. For further information on this.

College Disability Statement (FE)
College Disability Statement (HE)

For further information how the college meets the needs of disabled people please contact Claire Merchant-Jones on 01823 366882 or by email cm@somerset.ac.uk

Reports and Action Plans

The college is committed to understanding the profile of our staff and learners. This is so we can address any issues that relate to equality of opportunity in either the recruitment or success of learners and staff.

Draft Equality Objectives for Consultation

Click here to download our Equality Objecttives

If you wish to comment on these objectives, please contact Claire Merchant-Jones on 01823 366882 or via email cm@somerset.ac.uk

Below are our Student and Human Resources reports:

Equality report and action plan 2011 - Students
Equality and Diversity HR Report 2011-12

Single Equality Policy and Scheme

Our new Equality Policy and Scheme is available below. Our annually revised actions plans can be found in the reports above.

Single Equality Scheme (Equality and Diversity Policy) No.1F issue 9 September 2011

For more information on the Equality Act please visit the Equality and Human Rights Commission - www.equalityhumanrights.com

The Principal is responsible for issues relating to Equality and Diversity. The Principal delegates this responsibility to the Director of Student Services Claire Merchant-Jones. Please contact her on 01823 366882 email cm@somerset.ac.uk.

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