Access and Participation Statement

Gateshead College is a highly inclusive, values driven organisation. Equality and diversity is firmly embedded in our culture, strategy and day to day operations to deliver fair and equal access to learning for all.  At Gateshead College everyone matters and we celebrate individuality.

Through the following activities, we aim to ensure no one is treated less favourably than any other and all feel included:

  • Equality and Diversity.  Establishing a clear Equality and Diversity Policy alongside related plans and statements (/about-us/equality-and-diversity/) in order to maintain an environment where diversity and mutual respect
  • The Gateshead College Foundation.  A subsidiary of Gateshead College and an exempt charity which provides awards to help people continue their education and ensure that learners in financial hardship are not excluded from learning and experiences that enhance their employment chances.
  • Analysis of the performance of learners.  Managers implement strategies to close any identified achievement gaps across learners of different age, ethnicity, ability or other key protected characteristics.  The effectiveness of this work is evident from the high performance of almost all categories of learner with most performance substantially above the latest national rates (2014/15)
  • Financial Support.  In 2015/16 1,584 learners received financial support from the College. This support helped students who would otherwise find it difficult to attend or complete College programmes because of financial considerations.
  • Tier 1 mental health service. The College provides a mental health service for learners mirroring those services provided by local GP practices. The student health and well-being co-ordinator is a registered psychiatric nurse who works directly with students who are experiencing mental health concerns. 146 students accessed this service during 2015/16, and 84% of students continued with their studies while accessing a range of mental health and welfare.
  • Collaborative working.  Working with individuals, business, community organisations and agencies in order to ensure that Higher Education provision meets the needs of students and helps them progress to further study and/or employment.