Newcastle College has been recognised in for its commitment to equality and diversity at a local awards ceremony.
The annual North East Equality and Diversity Awards celebrates individuals and organisations working to promote inclusion and opportunities for everybody across the region.
The event is hosted by Equality North East, an independent not-for-profit which aims to lead the way to a fairer future for everyone and works to remove barriers to education and employment.
Newcastle College was awarded in the category of Education and Training Organisations with more than 50 staff, which recognises the positive impact that embedding equality and diversity has on curriculum.
In particular, the nomination highlighted the College’s own annual Embracing Diversity Awards which has been running for over 15 years.
The initiative encourages recognition and acceptance across the College, by rewarding outstanding contributions to the celebration of diversity and is open to both staff and students.
Paula Miller, Head of Learner Services and Safeguarding at Newcastle College, which organises the awards, stated: “Embracing Diversity is a key part of the work we do at the College and our annual competition is an important way in which we raise awareness amongst our staff and students of the diversity of the communities which we serve.
“It encourages creativity and innovation, whilst re-enforcing the value of celebrating, not only those things that make us different, but also those that we have in common.
“To be recognised across the region for the work we do is fantastic and confirms that we are making a difference to our local community and to our students and colleagues.”
Newcastle College colleague Neal Terry was also named as a finalist for his individual contribution to equality and diversity and represented the College on the evening to collect the award.