Borders College

College proud to be awarded Silver LGBT Charter Mark

In good news during the first Scottish Borders Diversity Week, Borders College has renewed its LGBT Charter Mark and been awarded Silver, by meeting the criteria outlined within the standards at Silver LGBT Charter Mark level.

Borders College receives Silver LGBT Charter Mark

Pictured left to right are: Clare Nairn (Head of Student Services), Ann Marriott (Partnership Manager (East), LGBT Youth), Heather Anderson (Vice Principal for Curriculum), Amy Hamilton (Students' Association Support Officer), Kevin Armstrong (2016 Student President), Jen MacKenzie (Learner Success Mentor and Care Aware Adviser), Vivienne Stavert (Welfare Advisor), David Killean (Vice Principal for Quality and Innovation) and David Shields (LGBT Youth).

The LGBT Charter is a quality standard that recognises organisations’ commitment to the inclusion and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people within their service or organisation, as well as helping organisations to ensure that they meet their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010.

Presenting the award to College representatives, Ann Marriott, LGBT Youth Scotland’s Partnership Manager (East) said:

“We are delighted to present Borders College with the Silver LGBT Charter Mark.
It’s great to see an organisation we work with closely embrace the Charter journey and really bring inclusion and equality right to the heart of their organisation. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Borders College.”

Among the College’s key attributes, identified by LGBT Youth Scotland, were; a strong Champion group, LGBT students group and LGBT ambassador position; all staff participating in training and embraced learning; inclusive marking of commemorative days and active campaign; accessible and wide reaching ‘Help U’ resource; and an accessible monitoring process for people with additional needs.

Amy Hamilton, Students’ Association Support Officer said:

“Being awarded the Silver Charter Mark is a fantastic achievement for Borders College. For our staff and students, it conveys a clear message that we are committed to ensuring inclusion and equality is at the heart of what we do.

We are incredibly grateful to LGBT Youth for their ongoing support throughout the process, and for the engaging and invaluable training they delivered to our staff team earlier in the year. It’s important we also recognise the hard work of Iona Cranston (Care Lecturer) and Helen Chisholm (Welfare Advisor), who started our Charter journey back in 2013 when we were awarded our very first LGBT charter mark."

To find out more about the LGBT Charter Mark, visit LGBT Youth.

Published: Tue 17th Oct, 2017