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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion: Message from the Principal

Southwark College stands in solidarity with our Black colleagues, students, alumni, partners and community leaders. Our College actively opposes racism, and we have been shocked and deeply saddened by recent events in the US.

Tackling inequality is at the heart of what we do, and we will continue to work to address prejudice. A statement outlining our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion as part of NCG has been posted on the NCG website. This details how we will enhance our EDI Strategy moving forwards but we know this cannot be achieved unless the student and staff voice is firmly at the heart of decision making, and that we challenge ourselves to think and act differently.

Through our EDI group we are continuing to work hard to ensure our students see themselves, their backgrounds and cultures reflected in the curriculum. Eliminating attainment gaps remains a priority at the College and we continue to look closely at unexplained gaps in attainment, which we are taking further steps to address.

Southwark College will be working closely with the Students’ Union and our wider student, staff and governing body to ensure their voice is heard and that we continue to be guided by what our students, staff and stakeholders tell us. We will listen and learn and commit to use our position as an educational institution to use our resources, our platform and our voice to support racial equality and stamping out any forms of intolerance and prejudice.

Annette Cast
Principal, Southwark College

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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

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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/