Equality & Diversity

Carlisle College aims to provide a safe and supportive environment in which everyone is able to study and work to the best of their abilities.  The College recognises it responsibilities in respect of Equality Legislation. Behaviour which makes another feel embarrassed, demeaned, ridiculed or intimidated because of their sex, race, disability, religious beliefs, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic is totally unacceptable.

If any group or individual within Carlisle College feels that he or she has been discriminated against, treated unfavourably or has suffered harassment and wishes to discuss the matter or make a formal complaint, then the College Management will respond promptly and compassionately.

Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Objectives

Here at Carlisle College we are committed to ensuring that we celebrate the diversity of all our staff, students and any visitors and that our services provide equality of opportunity to everyone.

Our Equality objectives build on the work and consultation undertaken with NCG in developing a College Equality, Diversity and Inclusion plan in support of NCG policy.

These objectives will guide us as an organisation in how we meet our needs under the Equality Act. They set out Carlisle College's commitment to eliminating inequality and promoting diversity.  They aim to meet our duties under legislation but also to go beyond compliance and include all areas of equality whether or not they are covered by legislation.

The objectives cover all of the protected characteristics under the equality act (age, gender, race, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, religion & belief or lack of belief and disability). By meeting these objectives and the actions associated with each, we aim to ensure that we remove any barriers that staff, students or stakeholders may face while being proactive in promoting good practice.

These objectives will be monitored and taken forward by the Carlisle College Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. This committee meets each term and is made up of academic and support staff from across College.

If you would like to give us your  views on our objectives then please send an email to info@carlisle.ac.uk 

Putting the Objectives into practice

Publishing Equality Objectives

The Equality objectives can be viewed here. A paper copy will be available from the Executive Assistant upon request. The Equality Objectives can be made available in larger print, Braille and on audio tape.

Equality and Diversity Annual Report

An annual report will be published each academic year which will report on the outcomes for learners, staffing profiles, and achievement of targets, progress made on impact analysis and improvements made. This annual report will be approved by the Governors and the Executive Leadership Team. The Annual Report can be viewed here.


Carlisle College is committed to an environment which does not tolerate bullying of any kind and in which students feel safe and confident.

It is our aim to provide advice and guidance for all students and staff dealing with bullying, the bully, and the relevant parents.

Bullying can range from physical assault to name calling, racist abuse, teasing and other forms of verbal abuse.  Bullying can also be in the form of "Cyber Bullying", being sent offensive messages or images by text or seeing nasty comments on a website or through e-mail.

Where bullying of any kind is reported, it will be taken seriously and acted upon in a sensitive and consultive way - stopping the bullying and supporting those involved.

If you believe you are being bullied in any way, contact your Course Tutor.  If you feel unable to do this contact any member of Student Services by calling into the office in the Atrium or phoning them on 01228 822 895. They will be happy to speak to you in the strictest confidence.  You can also send an e-mail to safeguarding@carlisle.ac.uk  if you have any concerns about bullying.

A copy of the bullying policy is available here.

Hate Crime

In addition to our responsibilities regarding equality and diversity, Carlisle College is a registered Hate Crime Reporting Centre. For details contact Student Services or visit Hate Incident and Hate Crime reporting.

Restorative Practice in Carlisle College

Carlisle College uses restorative practice to promote mutually respectful relationships, manage behaviour and resolve issues around conflict and bullying.

Restorative practice is based on the theory that, where conflict occurs, either or both parties are harmed and it is this harm which needs to be addressed.  Unlike punishment based approaches, restorative practice gives responsibility to resolve the problem to those directly involved.  A member of staff will work with students to discuss their point of view and agree how to repair relationships and resolve any conflict caused.

Stonewall School Champions

Carlisle College is a Stonewall School Champion, a programme to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and support LGBT young people in their community.