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Equity, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EEDI)

City College Plymouth is committed to treating all individuals with respect and dignity, ensuring that every member of our community experiences a study, learning, and working environment that is free of discrimination, harassment, or victimisation. We want everyone to feel welcome, included and accepted within our College community, and we strive continuously towards this in various ways. 

We celebrate diversity and inclusion within our College community and recognise the strong and positive reward that it brings to both our student population and our workforce. In an increasingly diverse world, we recognise that we have responsibilities to ensure that all students learn the importance of core values to help them live and work within modern British society. 

The College has an Equity, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EEDI) Committee, which meets monthly and is made up of lecturers, corporate support staff and students from across the College. The purpose of the Committee is to address the areas in which the College can not only continue to develop a culture of diversity, safeguarding and respect, but also support students and staff through actions to remove barriers that may be detrimental to their success.

Our commitment to eliminating all forms of inequality is taken seriously, and our Equality and Diversity Policy serves as the framework guiding this dedication. To view our Equity, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report, click here.

What does EEDI mean?

Click here to view a glossary of terms.


Fairness and justice, ensuring that everyone gets what they need to succeed, acknowledging and addressing differences to create equal opportunities.


Treating everyone the same, providing equal opportunities and rights without discrimination or favouritism.


The presence of a variety of different elements or individuals, embracing and respecting differences in characteristics, backgrounds, and perspectives.


Creating an environment where everyone, regardless of differences, is welcomed, respected, and actively involved, fostering a sense of belonging for all.


Celebrating EEDI

Association of Colleges Beacon Award

The College was highly commended by the Association of College’s group (AoC) through its annual Beacon Award celebration. The College was commended for the ‘Support given to Students’. This was specifically recognised through the work undertaken in responding to the needs of our student community who were struggling financially, emotionally and unable to afford basic food and hygiene items. 


CityPlym Community Support Hub

Our comprehensive support systems are designed to address not only academic challenges but also the social and emotional aspects of individuals’ lives.

  • Free and subsidised meals 
  • Gambling awareness support
  • Free bus travel from the city centre to College
  • Newborn baby packs
  • Homelessness pack 
  • Free sanitary products
  • Free Pregnancy tests 
  • Free contraception 
  • Provided household products
  • Fuel poverty support
  • Food hardship support
  • Christmas hampers 
  • Student enrichment activities 
Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME)

During October each year, the College actively participates in celebrating Black History Month. In addition to raising awareness through various promotional materials and events, we organise weekly cultural food demonstrations in collaboration with the Diversity Business Incubator.

As proud members of the Association of Colleges Black Leadership Group, the College has been able to assess and enhance its working practices. This includes a thorough review of the curriculum, marketing campaigns, staff recruitment processes, and internal system changes.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ+)

Every year, the College students and staff join the rest of the UK in marking Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBTQ+) History Month and take part in Pride Plymouth to embrace and celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ+ communities.

The College’s Student Council was instrumental in City College Plymouth being accredited as a Stonewall College Champion. This membership demonstrates the College’s commitment to ensure our LGBTQ+ community feels valued, respected and represented. The College will champion the LGBTQ+ community, challenge bullying and celebrate diversity, so that all LGBTQ+ people can reach their potential. The Student Council has a clear plan to gain ‘Bronze’ accreditation, which will highlight how we are leading the way in celebrating diversity and supporting City College’s LGBTQ+ community.