College News

UK Recognition for College’s Equality and Diversity Programme
Published: April 6, 2017

South Cheshire College have been named in the top 50 best organisations in the UK by the National Centre for Diversity.


During a prestigious Annual Grand Awards event held at the Queens Hotel in Leeds, the College was recognised among the country’s best companies in relation to Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement (FREDIE).


South Cheshire College have now formally merged with West Cheshire College to create a new FE College for Cheshire. Good practises recognised by the National Centre for Diversity in achieving this award, will be rolled out across all three campuses in Crewe, Chester and Ellesmere Port.


There were individual and organisational awards to mark the contributions of some of the most inspiring, passionate and brilliant individuals who work to ensure that there is equality of opportunity for all within their organisations.


The new College’s Principal, Jasbir Dhesi, was shortlisted for ‘Principal of the Year’ and Director of Organisational Development, Vanessa Rhodes, for the ‘Special Achievement’ Award.


During the evening the National Centre for Diversity announced its UK Top 100 Index 2017, highlighting 100 of the UK’s best organisations.


The College were recognised for having demonstrated their quick progress in the area of fairness and respect, leading to the National Centre for Diversity’s College advisor nominating the staff for the two awards.


Vanessa Rhodes, Director of Organisational Development, said: “We were all honoured for the College to be recognised in this way in the Top 100 Index at such an early stage of our journey with the National Centre for Diversity.


“The evening recognised the good work of individuals and organisations from across the UK and so for our College Principal and I to both be shortlisted for awards was an achievement that we are proud of.”


Solat Chaudhry, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Diversity said: “The Grand Awards have been phenomenal. I’d like to offer huge congratulations to not only the award winners, but those who were also shortlisted and nominated for one of our awards.


“Beyond this year’s Awards Evening, we at the National Centre for Diversity know that there are fantastic people right across the country; working hard to make their organisations, wider communities and the UK in general a better and more equitable place for us all. We commend you all for your hard work, we know this is a journey that never stops, and we’re here to support you all in that journey.”


The Top 100 Index is dictated by the results of the diagnostic surveys completed by those who have embarked on an accreditation journey with the National Centre for Diversity. The Top 100 Index is also used to determine the winners of the organisational awards presented during the Grand Awards evening, such as UK Transportation Organisation of the Year and UK Organisation of the Year.


The winners of the individual awards, such as UK Employee of the Year and UK College Principal of the Year, are decided by an independent panel of judges, selected from the nominations received by the National Centre of Diversity.


To find out more about the College’s policies on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, click here or call 01270 654654