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Lewisham and Southwark Colleges are committed to promoting equality and opposing discrimination on the grounds of:

  • Race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • Religious or political beliefs, unless in the exercising of those beliefs an individual offends the letter or spirit of the single equality scheme
  • Age, gender, marital status or family responsibility
  • Disability
  • Social class, economic/employment status or trade union activities
  • Sexuality or HIV/AIDS status
  • Transgender, gender identity or gender reassignment

Lewisham and Southwark Colleges have formulated their own equal opportunities policy, embedded in our single equalities scheme, along with grievance, bullying and harassment, and whistleblowing policies to combat discriminatory attitudes and practices whether these are expressed by individuals or through institutional practices.

The Colleges are committed to:

  • A programme of positive action to make these policies effective
  • Monitoring and evaluating our progress
  • Targeting areas for improvement.

The Colleges also wish to champion diversity and inclusion by ensuring that:

  • We create a visibly diverse environment that values difference and raises aspiration
  • We offer flexible opportunities that meet local learning need and enable all students to realise their potential
  • All governors and staff are clear about standards and strategies to meet diverse learner needs and are equipped to respond to these needs effectively
  • We secure the fullest participation of all students and staff in all areas of College life and act to address under-representation
  • We develop a staff profile, management team and governing body that reflect the student community
  • We undertake rigorous and open monitoring of learner and staff performance and experience, to identify and act on equality gaps
  • We develop comprehensive and imaginative feedback systems to capture learner, staff, governor and stakeholder perceptions of how we are doing and how we could improve
  • We value learner and staff feedback in order to remain alert to patterns of inequality and related concerns that are not identified through statistical monitoring tools

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Coronavirus update

Southwark College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the WHO and international community. For staff and students, it remains business as usual across our sites and our workplaces.

Please note that, at present, this advice refers only to arrivals from Wuhan, and not the remainder of China. If you have returned from Wuhan you should:

General guidance for those planning visits to Wuhan or other destinations in China

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) maintains updated travel advice for those planning a trip to Wuhan or other destinations in China. This is available at:

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

Note

This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/