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Equality & Diversity


City College Southampton is committed to the principles of Equality and Diversity for everyone. This commitment underpins and impacts on every area of activity and influences how the college works and what it does.


This means the college is a place where ALL students and staff, whatever their circumstances or background:


  • Are fully respected
  • Feel welcome
  • Are treated in a friendly way
  • Have equality of opportunity
  • Have appropriate support


BSL - Deaf Learners at City College


Since 1998, City College has had a number of learners who have disclosed a hearing loss and with appropriate support to access their chosen course have succeeded in all subjects across college including construction, engineering, hair and beauty, health and social care, and basic skills. This has resulted in City College having the highest number of learners with a hearing loss in FE in the county, which is still comparatively small especially when you consider that:


  • Almost 9 million people in the UK, 1 in 7 of the population, suffer from deafness
  • There are an estimated 50,000 people who use B.S.L as their first or preferred language
  • The ratio of interpreters (including trainees) to sign language users is 1 to 156
  • 840 babies are born every year with impaired hearing to both ears
  • In the UK there are 2 million people who have hearing aids
  • There are 7,000 cochlear implant users in the UK
  • Over 1,400 hearing dogs have been trained by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People since 1982.


The Face of City College :: Signed Video


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The college provides advice and support where deemed appropriate. If you require any further information please email equality.diversity@southampton-city.ac.uk


Public Sector Duty


The Public Sector Duty was introduced by the Equality Act 2010 and replaces the race, disability and gender equality duties. The duty came into force in April 2011 and organisations are required to give due regard to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations


The Single Equality Scheme Action Plan 2013-17 Progress Report (April 2014) highlights out commitment to adhering to the Public Sector Duty of the 2010 Equality Act.


The College is diverse and we have worked tirelessly to narrow any recruitment or achievement gaps.


Monitoring and Reporting


As a college provider we recognise the importance of monitoring and reporting Equality and Diversity activities on a range of topics from the diversity of our learners to implementing our commitment to the Equality Act and Public Sector Duty.


If you would like to become involved or to find out more, please email equality.diversity@southampton-city.ac.uk.