Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Week took place at Bucks College Group last week and included an art exhibition by students and staff, talks to staff by various individuals invited in for the occasion and a special celebratory event on Friday where staff and students were rewarded for their artistic skills with prizes handed out by Ian Barham (Chair of Governors) and John McGrath, Vice Principal Corporate Services for the college.
Earlier in the week, Helen Carr, the National Head of Equality and Participation at UCU delivered a presentation to staff, Hannah Massie from Trans Oxford talked about her trans journey and the barriers she faced and Zoe Sole from MIND discussed mental health and wellbeing. Yvette Thomas, the Head of Equalities, Children's Social Care and Learning at Bucks County Council, wrapped up the presentations with a talk about Keeping Young People Safe through Embedding Equalities.
The college organised empathy sessions in the college’s Health Tec centre where staff were fitted with kit to replicate the loss of mobility, plus hearing and sight loss suffered by the older generation so they could understand better the issues they face.
Overall it was an enlightening event appreciated by all and an eye opener for many staff who attended the various talks.
Student Muuawiyah Yasir-Ahmed was overall student winner and won an ipad mini for her efforts
Staff look over some of the artwork on display
Student Michael Holford won headphones for his efforts which were collected by his tutor from John McGrath (left) and Ian Barham
Media lecturer Neil Bedecker collected the football kit won by Natalia King