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Equality and Diversity

Equality Statement

The College strives to ensure that all its students receive support, fair treatment and can work without fear of unfair discrimination. As a new or returning student we want you to feel welcome and comfortable here at College. We want you to learn and achieve your qualifications. To do so you need to know that you will be treated fairly and with respect. Then you can concentrate on your studies and will be supported to do so. At the same time we expect you to treat other people well. We want each student to settle in and feel a valued part of the College.

Equality and Diversity

Studying With Disabilities

Please look at the sections “Learning Support” to see what extra help and support we can provide.

Accessibility Commitment

Helping you with your studies if you have difficulties or disabilities.

Do you want to come to College and think you might need help to study? This guide may give you the answers.

Our College has joined AccessAble. AccessAble is an award-winning disability organisation providing free detailed access information to locations and venues for disabled people across UK and Ireland.

Click here for access information about our College.

Supporting pregnant students and young parents

We have developed good practice in supporting students who are parents to be or new parents. Please contact our Student Liaison Officer if you would like more information.

Telephone: 01752 305300

College Chaplaincy

Our multi-faith Chaplaincy team is available to all, and offers support to students of any faith or none. The team offers moral and spiritual support, links to places of worship, information about faith and spiritual events, and quiet rooms.

The Equality Act and protected characteristics

The Equality Act 2010 gives protection from unfair discrimination. The Act identifies nine protected characteristics, age, disability, gender, gender identity, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and philosophical beliefs, sexual orientation and marriage and civil partnerships. The Act has introduced an equality duty which acts across the protected characteristics and requires us to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • advance equality of opportunity
  • foster good relations

In addition the equality duties require us to:

  • publish equality data on our students and staff
  • set equality objectives and report progress

Developments at City College Plymouth

Our College has a strategic level Equality and Diversity Committee with Governor and student representation and several equality and diversity focus groups to develop and share good practice.

We have developed Equality Objectives and an underpinning Equality and Diversity Action Plan which cover all the protected characteristics. The Equality Objectives were developed after consultation with our students, staff and Governors and analysis of our equality performance. The Action Plan contains actions for all College faculties and teams and will ensure that the promotion of equality and diversity and elimination of unfair discrimination and harassment are embedded in all our practices. It reflects our approach of responsibility for equality and diversity belonging to everyone in our community.

The Equality Objectives and Equality and Diversity Annual Report, giving analysis of our equality and diversity data and performance, are published on this page.

Equality and Diversity resources

Our College has many resources to promote Equality and Diversity including a Moodle site (virtual learning environment) for students and staff to give guidance, support and share good practice.

Prevent and British values

The College is committed to helping prevent people being drawn into non-violent extremism, which can popularise views which terrorists exploit, or being drawn into supporting violent extremism or becoming involved with terrorism.

We aim to give our students the skills to be resilient to exploitation in any form and to understand the importance of equality and diversity, safeguarding, human rights, health and safety and British values.

If you would like any further information please contact us.

Telephone: 01752 305300


City College Plymouth does not tolerate antisemitism and adopts the IRHA’s (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) definition of antisemitism which is in line with UK Government recommendation.  The definition from the IHRA states,

‘Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.’

In accordance with the recommendation of the Home Affairs Select Committee in 2016, the College acknowledges that:

  • It is not antisemitic to criticise the Government of Israel, without additional evidence to suggest antisemitic intent.
  • It is not antisemitic to hold the Israeli Government to the same standards as other liberal democracies, or to take a particular interest in the Israeli Government’s policies or actions, without additional evidence to suggest antisemitic intent.

We will work proactively through our Equality and Diversity Committee to support activities that raise awareness amongst our students and staff.