Embracing Diversity Competition

Students discussing ideas for the Embracing Diversity Competition

Embracing Diversity Competition 2019


In its eighth year, the competition aims to find the most effective expression of the "embracing diversity" theme and all students are encouraged to take part regardless of their course area.

The primary driving force of the competition is to encourage all students and staff to reflect upon what Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) mean to them, in an effort to creatively consider and communicate:

  • Fairness.
  • Opportunity.
  • Respect.

ED&I Definitions, Support and Entries

The following definitions are provided to help entrants (and supporting staff):

  • Equality is about providing a level playing field for disadvantaged groups to ensure fairness and foster respect. 
  • Diversity is about valuing everyone as a unique individual and celebrating this difference. 
  • Inclusion in education is regarded as a process of addressing and responding to the diverse needs of all learners through increasing participation in learning, cultures and communities, and reducing exclusion.  

It would also be useful for entrants (and supporting staff) to be aware of the 9 protected characteristics covered by Equality Act 2010.  These concepts are explained fully in the staff and student ED&I online modules. Students (and supporting staff) are encouraged to complete their modules before entering. 

To address the theme, the entry could: 

  • Explore the issues faced by a group who identify as having a protected characteristic.
  • Be an idea to address bullying, harassment, victimisation or discrimination. 
  • Be a call to action to encourage society, or the College to be more inclusive. 


Each student can submit up to two entries: one individual and one group entry and each entry must be an original piece of work. The piece of work does not need to relate to your course.

Entries can be presented in any format.

Note: we would encourage audio and/or video based entries to be as succinct as possible.

Judging Criteria*

Entries must clearly meet the following judging criteria*:

  • Clarity and accessibility of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion message. 
  • Level of effort shown. 
  • Originality of concept. 
  • Quality of work. 
  • Impact on viewer/audience. 
  • Scope for awareness raising and promotional work.

* See Terms and Conditions below.

Entering and Deadline*

Students currently registered and attending a course during the 2018 - 2019 session can enter.

The deadline for the Embracing Diversity Competition has been extended. Entry forms are now due for Thursday 16th May. All entry forms must be submitted by 5pm on this date*.

Please submit your entry form online to the email address below.  Please save your file as 'Online Entry Form_YOUR NAME' e.g. 'Online Entry Form_JohnSmith'.  Alternative formats are available on request.

Electronic forms must be submitted to edi@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk.

*See terms and conditions below.

What Happens Next*

Students (and supporting staff) must ensure entries are complete and ready for transportation on Thursday 23rd May.

Please note, the College cannot be held responsible for any damage which may occur during transportation, storage or display.

Ensure you have clearly written your name, your lecturer’s name, Faculty, course title, and entry title on the back of your entry, or have attached these details to clearly identify you before you transport and submit your entries.

* See Terms and Conditions below.

Collection of Entries

Entries not collected by 1st August will be recycled. 


There are three prize levels for Faculty and College winners, with the overall college winner scooping £400:

  • Faculty Level, Commended — £50*.
  • Faculty Level, High Commended — £75*.
  • Faculty Level, Winner — £100*.
  • Overall College, Commended — £100*.
  • Overall College, High Commended — £200*.
  • Overall College, Winner — £300*.

The overall College winners are then entered into a Regional Competition with Glasgow Clyde College and Glasgow Kelvin College. See Regional Competition Commemorative Booklets below for more details.

* See Terms and Conditions below.

Useful links

College Competition Commemorative Booklets

You can view previous entries in the commemorative booklets here:

Regional Competition Commemorative Booklets

You can view the previous entries in the commemorative booklets here:-

Terms and Conditions

Entry forms and entries must be submitted by the specified deadlines. Entries must clearly meet the judging criteria to be considered for judging and be of sufficient quality to win a prize. Audio and/or video based entries should be as succinct as possible. Prizes are available for each Faculty. Prizes will be given in vouchers. Prize will be shared if the entry is from a group rather than an individual. 

Further Information

Any questions? Please call our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Team on 0141 375 5464, or email us at: