Hartpury, which has been nominated for a national award for the support it provides students, has hosted a wide range of activities on campus to celebrate its fifth Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Week.
Organised in conjunction with the Hartpury Students' Union, the showcase event further demonstrated Hartpury’s commitment to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all its staff, students and visitors.
It came just weeks after Hartpury – ranked second in the UK for job prospects in the 2019 Whatuni Student Choice Awards for job prospects – was shortlisted for the Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon NCON Group Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing.
The award, the winner of which will be announced on 21 April, celebrates the work that colleges are doing to support and enhance the mental health and wellbeing of their students and staff.
Hartpury’s 2020 Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Week included forums on ‘Dealing with Dementia’ by Dementia Friendly Community Enablers, and hate crime.
A Holocaust Memorial Trust Survivor webcast, a display focusing on the importance of farmers’ mental health, a visit by the charity Dogs for Good, stands covering LGBT+, wellbeing walks, and yoga sessions were among other activities.
Lesley Worsfold, Vice-Principal – Resources at Hartpury, said: “We’re proud to host our Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Week, which has evolved and developed to address relevant issues in each of the past five years.
“The week of activities reinforces the work we do throughout the year to highlight the support we can offer, the policies that we have put in place, and that everyone is an important part of the Hartpury family.
“We’re committed to doing everything we can to promote and celebrate equality and diversity, respect and dignity for all, an accessible environment, and fostering a sense of inclusivity.
“They’re right at the heart of our Single Equality and Inclusivity Action Plan and Objectives to ensure equality of treatment regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender re-assignment, marriage and civil partnership status, race, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, sex or sexual orientation.”
Picture: Students taking part in the yoga session during 2020 Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Week at Hartpury