Equalities

Equality and Diversity at Orkney College UHI

Orkney College UHI is committed to the promotion of equality and diversity and believes there is no place for unlawful discrimination in any of its services and activities.

We aim to ensure that all of our policies, procedures and practices do not unfairly discriminate and that positive measures are taken to redress any inequalities provision of services to students and customers or the way in which we manage our business.

The Equality Act 2010 introduced a new public sector equality duty, enabling the College to build on its equality objectives. The 'general duty' came into effect on 05 April 2011 and requires OC to pay due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality and foster good relations across a range of protected characteristics. The 'specific duty’ that came into force on 27th May 2012, main aim is to help met the general duties. The specific duties are:- report on progress on mainstreaming the general duty into all functions, develop and publish a set of equality outcomes that cover all protected characteristics (or explain why the characteristics are not covered), assess the impact of policies and practices against the needs of the general duty, gather and use information on employees, publish gender gap information, publish statements on equal pay for gender, race and disability, have due regard to the general duty in specific procurement practices and publish information in a manner that is accessible.

Orkney College UHI is part of Orkney Islands Council and therefore not an incorporated College. This means that most specific duties come under OIC procedures and responsibilities. However, the duties that OC will work towards to augment OIC duties are ‘develop and publish a set of equality outcomes that cover all protected characteristics (or explain why the characteristics are not covered)’ and ‘assess the impact of policies and practices against the needs of the general duties’ (some policies are OC policies only).

Orkney College UHI Annual Equality Report

Orkney Islands Council Equality information can be found at Orkney Islands Council Equality and Diversity.

The University of the Highlands and Islands operates a fair and open admissions process committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. All applications are considered on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. The university welcomes applications from all prospective students and aims to provide appropriate services to students with learning support needs or disabilities.

Also see the Admissions Policy updated in 2014.

Orkney College UHI Access & Inclusion Strategy 2017

Orkney College UHI Gender Action Plan 2017-2020

Complaints Handling Procedure Quarterly Report

Below are the Orkney College Complaints Handling Procedure Quarterly Reports. The reports examine collected data relating to FE complaints received quarterly. Data analysis and attention to emerging and continuing themes assists us to monitor and improve our services.

 

British Sign Language Plan - University of the Highlands and Islands