College retains diversity status

Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011
MidKent College has been praised for developing a “truly inclusive culture” in which diversity is “genuinely valued”.

Last month the College underwent a reassessment from the National Centre for Diversity, which has now concluded that it should retain its status as an Investor in Diversity organisation.

The College was also encouraged to apply for the Stage 3 Leaders in Diversity Standard given the improvements made since the previous assessment in July 2009.

MidKent College’s diversity and development advisor Adriana Temali-Smith said: “Unlike an Ofsted visit, which primarily focuses on the outcomes for students, this assessment really inspected the whole College including all of our policies and procedures affecting both staff and students.

“It was great news that the feedback was so positive, and it shows we are making progress in this important area.”

The assessment report spoke highly of the way equality and diversity themes are celebrated at the College, mentioning recent activities related to the London 2012 Olympics and Black History Month.

It also praised the continued use of Diversity Champions, who act as problem-solvers for staff and students while also promoting equality and diversity issues.

National Centre for Diversity assessor Jo Barton wrote: “I found the College environment to be very accessible, welcoming, safe and friendly, with internal and external stakeholders having a real understanding of inclusion and of equality and diversity in terms of it being a key driver for the College.”

She added: “Your organisation is working towards creating or developing a truly inclusive organisational culture in which diversity is genuinely valued.”


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