Edinburgh College is committed to equality of opportunity and to a culture that respects difference.
We are committed to providing an inclusive ethos and environment, where everyone feels welcome, supported and respected.
We believe that, as an employer and public body, we can play a leading part in the promotion of equality and diversity more widely. We recognise that equality of access to education is crucial in unlocking many significant opportunities in life.
We aim to help remove barriers and advance equality for groups who experience disadvantage in our society.
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Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Reports
Under the Equality Act (2010), public authorities, in the exercise of their functions, are required to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and other prohibited conduct;
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not;
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
This is called the Public Sector Equality Duty.
In 2012, the Scottish Parliament passed legislation that implemented additional regulations in Scotland, including:
- The duty to report progress on mainstreaming the Public Sector Equality Duty;
- The duty to publish equality outcomes and report progress;
- And the duty to publish in a manner that is accessible.
In accordance with this legislation, the College publishes Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Reports every four years, with a Progress Report published at the halfway point through that cycle.
- Equality Outcomes are specific targets around equality. We identify between four and seven areas of work to focus on, based on either local or national evidence of persistent and significant inequality for a particular group or groups.
- The Mainstreaming Report shows how the College promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion in all its day-to-day functions. It gives examples of all the different activities and projects that contribute to our goal of an inclusive College.
Equality Impact Assessments
In compliance with our duties under the Equality Act (2010) and the Scottish Specific Duties (2012) we have also published the following:
Gender Action Plan
The following document sets out the ambitions of the College in tackling gender under-representation, in alignment with the Scottish Funding Council’s Gender Action Plan.
Gender Action Plan 2019
Access and Inclusion Strategy 2018-22
The following document sets out the College’s Access and Inclusion Strategy 2018-22 and outlines our commitment to ensuring all learners have equal opportunities while studying with us.
British Sign Language Action Plan
In accordance with the BSL (Scotland) Act (2015), the College has published a BSL Action Plan. Videos regarding the BSL Action Plan have been created in collaboration with Deaf Action.