The National Centre for Diversity held its prestigious Annual Grand Awards event on Thursday 16th March 2017 at the Queens Hotel in Leeds. During the evening the National Centre for Diversity announced its UK Top 100 Index 2017, highlighting 100 of the UK’s best organisations of the 600 it worked with in 2016, across industry and business. Truro and Penwith College came out particularly well with a placing of 17th nationally and the top of all organisations in the South West.
Andy Stittle, a member of the Senior Management team for the College said, “The award took account of staff, students and other stakeholder perceptions and is a reflection of a truly inclusive college community. It builds on last year’s Outstanding Ofsted report which found students were prepared extremely well for living and working in diverse communities.”
The award was announced just before the annual equality, diversity and inclusion event at the college, which this year was held around the theme “stereotypes” and was well supported by college students and outside agencies including, Cornwall Multi Faith Forum, Cornwall NHS Foundation Trust, Intercom Trust, Brook, Carefree, Health, Wellbeing and Sport and the College’s Student Services and Mental Health support. Hospitality and Professional Cookery students at the College provided a selection of around the world themed canapés for the event.
The event included a display of competition entries submitted on the theme. The competition generated a high number of entries from across the college. Andy Stittle, said “Entries covered a breadth of student activity such as paintings, photography, film, music and poetry. The competition generated enormous interest and demonstrated a depth of understanding and the extent to which college courses address and embed Equality and Diversity.”