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11 November 2022

Edinburgh College receives two nominations in Scottish Public Service Awards

Edinburgh College has been named a double finalist in the 2022 Scottish Public Service Awards for its work in championing diversity and equality within the College and across the public sector.

The College has two projects shortlisted in the Championing Diversity and Inclusion category at the awards which celebrate the daily contribution made to Scotland’s civic society from within the civil service, Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, local government, health and social care sector, broader public sector and partners within the third Sector.

The two shortlisted projects are:

  • Anti-Racism at Edinburgh College – In 2021/22, the College became the first in Scotland to affiliate with the Black Leadership Group and managers undertook a four-part ‘Let’s Talk About Race’ training course exploring difficult conversations around racism and effective allyship. The College also celebrated one year since the inaugural meeting of its Anti-Racist Unity Group (ARUG), a staff group which champions the College’s commitment to racial equality.

  • Emerging Leaders Leadership and Management training programme – The College worked in partnership with the Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators (SAMEE) and the Scottish Parliament to design a bespoke ‘Emerging Leaders’ leadership and management training programme to support minority ethnic employees in achieving their full potential now and in the future. Thirteen Scottish Parliament employees completed the course.

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted twice in the Scottish Public Service Awards for two important projects which further underpin our College’s commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, ensuring a safe and fair learning and working environment where we enhance opportunities for all. “My thanks and congratulations go to our staff and partners involved in creating and delivering these fantastic projects which have had a significant impact on students, staff, and delegates from across the college and further afield.”
Audrey Cumberford, Edinburgh College Principal