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 at Carlisle College

Statement Dated 5th June 2020

Carlisle College is committed to ensuring that our students, our staff and all of our stakeholders study and work in environments that embed the principles and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion. We do not tolerate racism or discrimination in any form. Recent world events highlight the need to look even more closely at what we do and how we do it, and make sure we know we are doing everything we can and should do to tackle racism and all other forms of discrimination and prejudice.

Carlisle College is dedicated to our mission in pursuit of social mobility, in an inclusive and diverse learning community, and we know that great organisations really listen to stakeholders without defensiveness, or being distracted, or making excuses.

We have committed to revisit and review our work over the next few months to ensure we are in the leading class of practice in creating a diverse and inclusive environment. This work will begin in earnest in June and will accelerate over the summer, culminating in a revised and refreshed comprehensive EDI strategy and action plan, so that we know we can demonstrate continuous learning and lead the sector on EDI through external accreditation.

We will enhance our existing EDI Strategy through new work with EWG, an established specialist diversity and inclusion consultancy and training company, to:

  • Carry out a forensic review and analysis of all policies, processes and practices through an equality, diversity and inclusion lens. This will include all the work of our People and Development colleagues, and will also give an assessment of management and leadership programmes, and all learning and development offers.
  • Perform additional qualitative research with staff and students about their current experience of EDI at Carlisle College. We will talk to a representative range of staff and student groups by role, characteristics, length of tenure and so on.
  • Revisit our performance indicators on EDI to ensure we can measure our progress effectively.
  • Commit to achieving/work towards achieving EWG’s Diversity Development Standard at the highest level as soon as possible.
  • Build the capacity of all of our staff to understand how unconscious bias works and ensure they have the skills to eliminate discrimination and prejudice through a blended learning and development programme. The learning from that will then be translated into our entire curriculum offer for students.

Please help us to be the organisation that you are proud of and want to work with by being involved in the forthcoming work to make sure we do things better.

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.