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Equality, diversity and inclusion

The College of Animal Welfare believes that education is an entitlement for all.

We believe in offering equality of access and opportunity to all learners and employees regardless of ability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, ethnic origin, race, gender, health, offender background or previous education.

College employees have an active responsibility in ensuring that the College works towards achieving equal opportunities.

Recruitment of all post within The College of Animal Welfare will be carried out in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Policy.

Access and participation

  • We strive hard to make our programmes accessible to all learners regardless of their background.
  • We will create an environment in which learners feel safe, comfortable, recognised and valued.
  • All learners will receive a positive welcome from the first point of contact.
  • Organisations acting as placement or training providers will be informed and expected to observe our Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • Population data and learner statistics will be used to inform planning and to identify opportunities to assist those who are under-represented or excluded, for whatever reason.
  • The College of Animal Welfare employees will liaise with specialist organisations and community groups to encourage participation from under-represented groups.

Learning programme

  • The College will reflect the needs and diversity of the community it serves.
  • Educational information and advice will be available to all learners.
  • Resource materials used to deliver the learning programmes will be free from any discriminatory images and language.
  • The integration of learners with disabilities will be encouraged, where appropriate, and individual learning support will be offered, where available. The College fully acknowledges its responsibilities in relation to the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.

Disability information

We welcome learners with disabilities who can benefit from our educational and training opportunities. We aim to offer you the support required to attend classes and complete any accreditation.

Discriminatory behaviour

  • The College will not tolerate discriminatory behaviour, whether intentional or unintentional.
  • Incidents of discriminatory behaviour are a serious matter and will be dealt with appropriately.
  • Information relating to these procedures will be displayed in our centres and referred to as the Learner Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy.

Equality and Diversity Blog

Posted on Wednesday March 08, 2023

This International Women’s Day, the theme is #EmbraceEquity, a campaign that aims to not only illustrate the differences between equity and equality but also to get people talking about why equal opportunities are not enough. As the International Women’s Day … Continue reading

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Posted on Monday October 10, 2022

Today, Monday 10 October, is World Mental Health Day; our mental health has never been more important, especially with all of the events of the last few years. Not only are we supporting Young Minds #HelloYellow campaign, with bake sales … Continue reading

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Posted on Wednesday June 22, 2022

Supporting You This Pride Month This Pride month we want to shine a spotlight on YOU and how we as The College of Animal Welfare can support you. We want you to feel safe and comfortable being yourself while you’re … Continue reading

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Posted on Friday May 13, 2022

We’ve talked a lot this week about loneliness and it’s link to social media and the ‘new normal’ but loneliness can be caused by a whole variety of things. To round up this Mental Health Awareness Week, we thought we’d … Continue reading

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Posted on Thursday May 12, 2022

Loneliness and feelings of isolation have only become more prevalent in our everyday lives since the pandemic. This Mental Health Awareness Week we’re shining a spotlight on loneliness and how we can help combat these feelings and, in particular, what … Continue reading

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Posted on Wednesday May 11, 2022

Social media has become an intrinsic and for the most part unavoidable part of our society and has had an effect on everything from our livelihood to our mental health and wellbeing. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re … Continue reading

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Posted on Tuesday May 10, 2022

The world has changed a lot in the past couple of years and it’s still changing even now. One of the biggest impacts of the pandemic and its lasting effects is without a doubt an increased sense of loneliness. This … Continue reading

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