Scotland's flagship college secures top award for diversity

City of Glasgow College has won the top prize at this year’s Glasgow Region Embracing Diversity Competition.

The college took the Overall Regional title for its entry, ‘Boobs, Baps and Mammograms’, by HND Advertising & Public Relations students; Jacqueline Finlay, Maggie Huminiecka, Tracey Faye McIntyre and Erin Teasdale. The entry focussed on encouraging disabled women to go for breast screenings and Jacqueline said:

“We are delighted that our entry has won both at local and regional level. Research shows that women with disabilities are 36% less likely to receive a mammogram, resulting in late diagnosis, worse prognosis and increased fatalities. This campaign encourages inclusion while also challenging the barriers that women face.”

City of Glasgow, Glasgow Kelvin and Glasgow Clyde colleges all have their own local Embracing Diversity competitions with the top three being judged by the regional board and awarded regional trophies.

Graeme Brewster, Manager for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at City of Glasgow College, said:

“It was great to see such a variety of courses represented with the top three being from public relations, sport and ESOL programmes, and also to see the range of different formats as a campaign, sports day and short story.

“The annual Embracing Diversity competition is an important element of the learning and teaching experience. Our college serves a diverse community so our student numbers and workforce must reflect that multiplicity. Year on year the entries succeed in embracing diversity with their thoughtful creativity and inventive message.”

Kelvin College took home both Commended for its entry ‘Play Script’ by HND Drama and Performance students, and Highly Commended for ‘Radiant and Brighter Banner’ by HN Fashion Students.

The Glasgow Region Embracing Diversity Competition aims to find the most effective expression or communication of the embracing diversity theme. It encourages students to reflect on what ED&I means to them, as part of the learning and teaching experience, in an effort to creatively consider and communicate:

  • Fairness, through being non-discriminatory and making reasonable adjustments.
  • Opportunity, through removing disadvantages, meeting needs and increasing participation.
  • Respect, through tackling prejudice and promoting understanding.