Edinburgh College celebrates LGBT Youth Scotland’s Foundation Charter Mark Award

Edinburgh College has received a top LGBT award in recognition of the support offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and staff. LGBT Youth Scotland has awarded the college the LGBT Foundation Charter Mark Award, recognising best practice in relation to training, policy and practice as well as promotional materials, resources and evaluation.

The college received the award for meeting the criteria outlined within the standards for Foundations LGBT Charter Mark. This includes its work in developing materials and practice to support students and staff to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. It carried out awareness-raising activities and ensured that training, policies and resources were in place for all of the college’s campuses.

Edinburgh College Students’ Association is working towards its Bronze LGBT Charter Mark to recognise its practice in promoting equality and inclusion, including setting up an LGBT Champions Group, made up of students and staff to support best practice and LGBT inclusion in college. Activities for students included musical, dramatic and interactive celebrations for LGBT History Month in February, and events featuring guest speakers discussing LGBT issues.

Fergus McMillan, Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland said:

“We are delighted to present Edinburgh College with its Foundation LGBT Charter Mark.”

“A key highlight that ran across the submission was the engagement with students to ensure their needs were being met, and that the college is a safe and positive learning space for all students and staff.”

Edinburgh College Principal Annette Bruton said:

“We are committed to equality of opportunity and a culture that respects difference. We work really hard to provide an inclusive ethos and environment, where everyone feels welcome, supported and respected.”

“This award is a fantastic acknowledgement of our approach and I would like to congratulate all those involved in making it happen.”

The award is made by LGBT Youth Scotland as part of its LGBT Charter of Rights scheme.  The scheme provides information and resources to organisations to help them develop and improve LGBT support.

[Photograph above of Ann Marriot from LGBT Youth Scotland presenting the award to Edinburgh College on Thursday 15th of September 2016.

From left to right: Neal Black, Edinburgh College Students’ Association President; Ann Marriot, LGBT Youth Scotland Partnership Manager; 
Amanda Clark, Edinburgh College Students’ Association Vice-President (Welfare); Sarah Taylor, Equalities Officer; Jon Buglass, Assistant Principal (Curriculum Design and Development)]