Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

 

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When we say Queen Mary’s College is for everyone, we mean it. QMC is an inclusive place, where individuals can be valued and aspire to meet their potential whoever they are. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion have evolved significantly, and we continue to evolve with it. We want to ensure that the college is consciously aware of any inequality, ensuring that diversity is not only celebrated, but reflected throughout the College community, and we want to actively engage in the process of people feeling supported to be who they are. QMC is a safe place for everyone and what is at the heart of it is kindness, value, and empowerment for all.

We do not shy away from areas that challenge us as a community, to ensure that we take inclusivity seriously and challenge inequality. We take our responsibility to be a part of ensuring those who can feel less valued are given equal access to opportunity and emotional wellbeing.

 

Stop and Search

Following a Stop and Search conference between the police and young people in Basingstoke, discussions surrounded the issue of negative experiences and interactions. Young people are unsure of their rights, the correct way that a stop and search should be handled,  and that negative experiences are damaging relationships between our young people and local police officers.

Following these discussions, the idea of schools and colleges being part of an advocacy programme was created. The model would enable the relationships between police and young people to grow and help with learning on both sides regarding the stop and search process. It would also begin to nurture better relationships and form a holistic approach to managing the issues raised.

Alongside, Hampshire Constabulary and Basingstoke Unites Against Racism, QMC are proud to have launched this initiative and join with our local schools and colleges in making the advocacy programme effective across our town.

The EDI Committee

QMC is proud to have both an EDI staff working group and a student working group. The aims of both committees are to promote equality of opportunity so that all Learners can thrive together, understanding that difference is a positive, not a negative, and that individual characteristics make people unique and promoting an inclusive environment that meets the needs of all learners, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, relationship status or pregnancy.

They monitor data and ensure that a community of inclusivity is created at the college. Students are able to feedback the feelings and attitudes of the students and help promote awareness, whilst our dedicated team of staff can implement programmes, events and initiatives which celebrate EDI.

We aim to respect key dates in the calendar, alongside working with local organisations to raise awareness, equip and challenge both staff and students in their understanding of difference, support departments with implementing EDI in to the curriculum and ensure that no barriers exist between learning and achievement.

Our Focus includes;

  • Black Lives Matter
  • Transgender Awareness
  • Gender Equality

Access

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Access

The College is located on a beautiful 30 acre site set amongst woodland. There are several marked ‘disability friendly’ parking spaces across the site and ramped or level access to all buildings. Within much of the accommodation ramps or lifts are available internally. Many doorways are double width and have automatic opening doors. We have endeavoured to place appropriate and clear signage at key points across the site. We also have accessible ‘disability friendly’ toilet facilities available.

If you wish to book any of the facilities available please contact the Community Lettings Team for more information on 01256 417500, if you wish to visit the site please contact Premises at premises@qmc.ac.uk for more information. If you have any concerns regarding accessing the site for your studies please speak to Barbara Dossett, Student Health and Welfare Advisor about individual arrangements. If you have any other comments, questions or feedback about the site please contact Jilly Smith, Premises Co-ordinator on 01256 51700 ext 5400 or email jilly.smith@qmc.ac.uk

We have related policies which can be found here and more information can be sought from Katherine Bejide, Lead Teacher for Equalities at katherine.bejide@qmc.ac.uk. For more information about policies, alternative formats or access arrangements please contact Sally-Anne Spooner Director: Human Resources & Commercial Operations on 01256 417524, or email sally-anne.spooner@qmc.ac.uk

 

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