Equality & Diversity

Whatever your background, and whatever you need from us to support your studies, Blackburn College will help you make the most of your time here. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of equality and diversity and the College is home to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds with diverse beliefs, values and abilities.

Characteristics protected by equality legislation are: 

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

However, we recognise that equality issues are complex and straddle more than just those equality strands protected by equalities legislation. Life circumstances and opportunities also affect us, so we also take account of issues such as:

  • Cultural and economic background
  • Access to education
  • Physical and social environment
  • Health        
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Civil partners must not be treated less favourably than married couples (except where permitted by the Equality Act).

Pregnancy and maternity

Maternity refers to the period after the birth, and is linked to maternity leave in the employment context. In the non-work context, protection against maternity discrimination is for 26 weeks after giving birth, and this includes treating a woman favourably because she is breastfeeding.

This list is not exhaustive.

We welcome students with learning difficulties and disabilities and support them according to their needs. If you feel you need support with learning when you come to college, we can arrange an interview with our Additional Learning Support team or our Higher education disability services. Assessment will be treated discreetly and in confidence.


Blackburn College is responsive to the needs and diversity of the local community and the success of all our students are at the heart of everything we do. We work collaboratively with a range of community organisations and other partners to tackle social exclusion, address discrimination and promote community cohesion.

We want everyone to feel comfortable and secure enough to be themselves. Blackburn College is committed to reducing and eliminating disadvantage, harassment, bullying, prejudice and discrimination by taking positive action. We encourage learners to take an active role in promoting equality of opportunity both in their studies and in general college life.

If you would like to talk to someone about any problems you are facing or want to find out more about Equality & Diversity at Blackburn College then please email thehub@blackburn.ac.uk.

Reports and Action Plans

The College is committed to understanding the profile of our staff and learners. This is so we can address any issues that relate to equality of opportunity in either the recruitment or success of learners and staff.

The College has set challenging targets in our annual Equality & Diversity Impact Measures (EDIMs) and continually strive to achieve these whilst aiming to extend our own expectations and enabling others to fulfill their true potential.

Equality Objectives

Blackburn College’s Equality Objectives have been set against the College’s Single Equality Scheme (SES) 2010 – 2013 which outlines the College’s key goals / objectives to ensure that Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is built into all aspects our work both internally and externally.

These Equality Objectives will be reviewed through a process of annual Action Planning and Target Setting over the four year period.

To view our College objectives please click on the link below:

Single Equality & Inclusion Scheme

Our new Single Equality & Inclusion Scheme is available below. Our annually revised actions plans can be found in the reports above. Our Single Equality & Inclusion  Scheme incorporates the goals of our college Equality and Diversity policy.

For further information on any aspect of our approach to Equality & Diversity, or to access the assessments undertaken, please email thehub@blackburn.ac.uk.

Archived Reports