Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy
KLC is committed to creating and celebrating a positive, inclusive culture based on respect for individuals’ differences, in which students and staff are actively encouraged to reach their full potential. Our objective is to build an institution that understands, appreciates and welcomes diversity, makes people feel valued, included and able to participate to the full.
We recognise that our staff are fundamental to our success. The School, therefore, aims to attract, retain and motivate talented individuals from all backgrounds and sectors of society, and to provide equality of opportunity in order to maximise the benefit to the School from the diversity of its workforce and student population. The School requires that entry into employment with and the progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of each particular post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, the ability to perform the job effectively, safely and fairly is a primary consideration.
In relation to students, KLC welcomes enquiries from all students regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation and aims to promote entry and to provide education for all students whatever their background. We are committed to enhancing the student experience by creating an inspirational, inclusive and supportive learning and working environment for students and staff where there is mutual respect and equality of opportunity. Student Support Services play a key role in retention and aim to understand and respond to the needs of students with different protected characteristics. As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of staff and students and aim to provide equality of educational opportunity by promoting high quality education for all who wish to realise their ambitions and maximise their abilities.
As part of inclusive teaching and learning practice, Student Welfare has introduced Learning Support Plans (LSPs) to all courses. When students present evidence of a disability, learning difficulty, mental health condition or physical condition to the Welfare Department or Course Leader, Welfare will meet them to review the evidence and discuss with the student what reasonable adjustments to their learning may be required.
Inclusion involves the School and its staff in designing and operating flexible services, practices and procedures that take appropriate account of the needs of students, staff and visitors. It is our intention to create an environment for our staff and students which is not only free from discrimination but celebrates and values diversity as we believe this is fundamental to achieving our goals.
We believe that excellence can be achieved through recognising the value of every individual and by enabling them to derive the maximum benefit and enjoyment from their employment or study at KLC. We aim to be a place where people can be free to be themselves no matter what their identity, background or personal circumstances and to give them the opportunity to give of their best, be appreciated, recognised, rewarded and developed. To support equal opportunities successfully requires the active support of all members of the community to recognise these rights and to act in accordance with them in all dealings with fellow members at the school.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
The School seeks through all its policies and actions to be a genuinely inclusive organisation and draws for this on good practice throughout the Higher Education sector and in the wider economy. The School’s Corporate Board has overall responsibility for ensuring that the School complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and the implementation of a robust Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy is a key way the School seeks to meet both its statutory equality responsibilities and its own aspirations of an inspirational, inclusive learning and working environment. Therefore any discriminatory behaviour, including harassment, violent or non-violent, vocal or active opposition to democracy, rule of law, individual liberty or different faiths or beliefs will not be tolerated. We acknowledge the basic rights of all members and prospective members of our community to be treated with respect and dignity, to be treated fairly with regard to all procedures, assessments and choices and to receive encouragement to reach their full potential.