Black Lives Matter statement
We are shocked, saddened and deeply disturbed by the tragic murder of George Floyd, which has highlighted the systemic issue of abuse and discrimination towards BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) communities all over the world.
As a diverse college, we abhor racism or discrimination of any form and are committed to fighting prejudice and championing equality. We believe every person should have the right to equal opportunities, and that race, gender, age, sexuality, faith or disability, should have no bearing on the challenges they face or the opportunities that are presented to them.
The college stands in solidarity with the Black community and we support organisations such as Black Lives Matter, who are working hard to highlight the discrimination faced by BAME communities, and fight for change.
We must all play our part and work together to achieve this goal. Education has the power to bring about real change – to create inclusivity and equality – and as a place of learning, we have a responsibility to educate and support our learners, staff, stakeholders and communities to fight against injustice.
It is not enough to silently condemn racism. It is vital we speak out against prejudice and discrimination in order to continue the current momentum of change created by recent protests.
The college works hard to promote equal opportunities and to educate learners on these issues but we know that much more needs to do be done to break down the barriers that Black communities continue to face in the UK, and we are committed to doing more.
Any learners or staff who require further information and advice, or who would like to find out more about what that they can do to help, can visit the following resources:
Any learners who have any concerns or who would like to speak to someone about these issues can contact our welfare team. Affected staff can also speak with our HR team.