Embracing Diversity Competition

Embracing Diversity Competition

Embracing Diversity Competition 2018


In its seventh 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 is 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, including:

  • A record of relevant community or citizenship activity.
  • An engineering, energy, science, or nautical concept or project.
  • An event programme/concept, including community and care, hair and beauty, language, sport, or tourism.
  • A building, joinery and shop-fitting, painting and decorating, stonemasonry, bricklaying, plastering, or tiling project.
  • A web page, interactive media, computing program, information database, or blog.
  • An item of cookery, baking, cake decoration, sugar-craft, or food and beverage service.
  • A business and enterprise proposal, event vision or logistical plan.
  • A poem, short story, song, news article, or film/television/radio production.
  • A sculpture, piece of craftwork, furniture, jewellery, glass work, ceramic, 3D design, model, product design, or interior design project.
  • A piece of graphic design, painting, illustration, poster, pamphlet, banner, photograph, or print.

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 2017 - 2018 session can enter.

Keep your entry, but return your entry form by Monday, 30th April 2018*.  All entry forms must be submitted by 5pm on this date*.

You are encouraged to submit an online, electronic form and save the file as Online Entry Form_YOUR NAME, e.g. “Online Entry Form_JohnSmith”. However an alternative print copy is available.

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

Paper copies should be returned to City Camus, Level 2 and addressed to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.

*See terms and conditions below.


What Happens Next

Students (and supporting staff) must ensure entries are complete and ready for transportation by week commencing Monday 14th May 2018*.

Students (and supporting staff) will be contacted with instructions regarding when and where to move their work for judging and display. Please see attached Information Sheet for more details.

Students (and supporting staff) are responsible for transporting the entries following arrangements with the ED&I Team.

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 nameyour lecturer’s name, Facultycourse titleand 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.


Judging and Awards Ceremony

The judging panel is comprised of representatives from the college's ED&I Advisory and Engagement Group, along with key internal support staff.  The fantastic work and talent of these students will be showcased at an awards ceremony, gallery and reception on Friday, 1st June 2018 in City Campus, Level 1 (near the Bistro).



Shortlisted entries will be displayed at a special exhibition and ceremony on Friday 2nd June 2017 in City Campus, Level 1 (near the Bistro), when the winners will be announced.

All entrants are encouraged to keep this time free and attend the ceremony.

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*.

* See Terms and Conditions below.


Collection of Entries

Entrants (and supporting staff) are responsible for collecting their entries following the awards ceremony. To arrange collection, please contact the ED&I team. 


Entries not collected by 1st August will be recycled. 


Useful links


Commemorative Booklets

You can view 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 Buchanan Galleries vouchers. Prize will be shared if the entry is from a group rather than an individual. The college’s six faculties are: Building, Engineering & Energy; Business; Creative Industries; Education & Society; Leisure & Lifestyle; and Nautical. By completing the entry form, you accept you have cleared all relevant rights relating to any third party content within your submission. The college reserves the right to make copies of submitted entries, e.g. for marketing and promotion purposes. You will be acknowledged as the author(s) and the intellectual property rights belong to you.

Further Information

Any questions? Please call our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Team on 0141 375 5401/5402, or email us at: