Havering College

Equality & Diversity

Stonewall Diversity ChampionsHavering College has a long held commitment to Equality and Diversity. The College’s values are of being passionate about teaching and learning and our students’ success, being innovative, optimistic and inclusive. It is vital to us that every learner has the chance to succeed at the College and to this end we have an identified route map to embrace, plan and monitor the promotion and implementation of our equality and diversity strategies led by our Vice Principal for Teaching, Learning and Success.

As a reflective organisation we recognise we can learn from others so we work with other organisations who can help us with this agenda, for example, Ashiana Network and Stonewall amongst others. We believe this results in a harmonious community of both staff and students and we endeavour to ensure we support the whole individual and their personal identity.

Maria Thompson
Principal and Chief Executive

Some interesting facts you may not be aware of about the college and its community:

Our Staff - 2017/18

  • The College employs staff aged from 17-76
  • The gender balance is 34% male, 66% female. In management roles 58% of post holders are female and 42% male. In teaching posts, the gender balance is 53% female and 47% male.
  • 16.4% of our staff are from a non-white British background. Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) groups make up 25% of our management staff, 25% of teaching staff and 13.6% of support staff. This is above the geographic average of 12.4% for the London Borough of Havering (2014).
  • 6.4% of our staff have a declared disability.
  • 73% of staff have declared their sexual orientation and 1.6% of our staff have declared themselves as LGB.
  • Our staff is made up of diverse cultural backgrounds and followers of more than 10 faiths and beliefs. The College actively encourages respect and acceptance of different cultural backgrounds to enable staff to promote and demonstrate values of inclusivity, openness and tolerance

Our learners - November 2017

  • 56% of our students are male and 44% are female.
  • 32% of our students come from BME groups.
  • 24% of our learners declare themselves to have a learning difficulty or disability.
  • All of our students have a compulsory tutorial on Equality & Diversity.

Creating a Respectful & Harmonious College Community.

Equality Objectives

Equality Objectives 2016-19

Area of Focus Equality Objective Eliminate discrimination, harassment & victimisation Advance equality of opportunity Foster good relations
Narrow achievement gaps between different groups of learners Ensure achievement rates for all groups, including BME, gender, age and disability, are within 5% of College targets by 2018/19
Increase the number of learners from identified groups who progress into higher education Ensure the percentage of BME students internally progressing into HE is within 5% of whole College BME profile by 2018/19 
Improve the embedding of equality and diversity in all provision, including WBL practices and sub-contracted arrangements Increase the percentage of lesson observations graded good or better for embedding equality and diversity to 90% by 2018/19
Improve the positive destinations of learners from identified groups following their study at the College Ensure the percentage of positive destinations of BME learners are within 5% of College targets by 2018/19  
Improve the career prospects of staff from BME backgrounds Increase the number of applications for management roles from black and minority ethnic backgrounds by 20% by 2018/19  
Ensure the governing body is representative of the diversity profile of learners and the community that we serve Ensure the profile of BME representation on the governing body is within 5% of the profile of BME learners in the college by 2018/19
Create a safe and inclusive environment where learners and staff feel confident in who they are and in tackling/reporting unacceptable behaviour Improve the satisfaction rates of learners from different backgrounds to within 5% of the College average satisfaction rate by 2018/19

Success Stories




Milan Conhye

Milan Conhye

Former IT student Milan Conhye who was also a member of the Students’ Union achieved 100% in a Computer Programming exam which the lecturer told him it was the first 100% in ten years. Milan attributes his success to the opportunities, teaching and support he received whilst attending the College.


Cherie Smith, Cameron Smith and Lucy SmithCherie Smith

Cherie Smith returned to Havering College to improve on the English GCSE grade she achieved at school and the second time around gained a B grade. Cherie completed her course while pregnant – indeed her baby was born less than three weeks after sitting her exam. She is also mum to a lively toddler and admits studying was "hard work". In addition, Cherie is a graduate of the Havering College BA (Honours) Fine Art degree course.

She says: "I wanted a higher grade in English as I want to go into teaching and it will help progress my career. I was focused and put it down to very good organisational management and good teaching".


Shamin JumbaShamin Jumba

BA (Honours) 3D Design Craft graduate Shamin Jumba is an up-and-coming British designer whose work has patterns of cultural references which reflects her life experience in being born in Uganda and growing up in England.

She uses traditional wing back English chairs and manipulates the soft furnishing to represent the patterns of the Ugandan Mukeka mat to make a link between the two countries. She has established Fenadesign at fenadesign.co.uk with a vision is to design products that a client can relate to and which recognise that we live in a world, where travel and cultural mix is the norm.

Through the use of visual language, Shamim hopes to capture different cultures and memories through creating work that absorbs colours and traditional patterns. She believes that designing a product for a specific person or group makes her clients value and create an attachment with the products.

While in the final year of her degree course at Havering College, Shamin designed a room in a nightclub and was then commissioned by BUPA to create an environment for patients with Dementia. Her concept was to bring the outdoors inside with a forest theme complete with the sounds of bird songs.

Shamin, a former pupil of Mayfield School in Goodmayes, said: "I really liked being at Havering College. I felt so comfortable there and it was so local".


Jaanai KingJaanai King

My journey here at college has been amazing and I’ve grown so much as a person. When I started here to do my BTEC Level 3 Acting I was voted by my class to be a StAR and during the StAR training day  I was elected on the StAR Committee. I also became an active member of the LGBTQ social and support group, which raises awareness of issues affecting LGBTQ young people.

I was glad that I was able to do a bit more for the college and have my voice heard to influence change but I wanted to do more, so half way through my first year I was co-opted onto the Students’ Union as a General Officer and I loved being a part of something bigger. During the summer ter, I was elected as the Interim President of the SU by the Union and I enjoyed seeing the college from a different perspective. This influenced me to run for President during the next SU elections and with a lot of persuasion and help from friends, I was elected for this role in my second year and I had a chance to impact change, discuss topics that really matter and help make a student’s time here something worth remembering.

Now that I’ve finished my course and my time as President and a Governor of the College is nearly over, I’m going on to doing English & Drama as a joint honours at Manchester Metropolitan University.

My time at the College has made me proud of who I am and what I can achieve when people believe in me.

Jaanai King, aged 17
June 2015


Yvonne JonesYvonne Jones

Mature student Yvonne Jones had her work featured in a London exhibition showcasing excellence in printmaking.

The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers selected an artist’s book of prints by Yvonne for the RE Open Show at the Bankside Gallery in London in 2012.

Yvonne, a retired secondary school teacher, was a student at Havering College for eight years progressing from A-level Art to HNC, HND and finally a degree – achieving a First class BA Honours Degree in Fine Art in 2012.

She said: “I have had a brilliant time at the college. I have to say my lecturers Chris Stevens and Sue Withers were amazing and the technicians were very supportive.

“I had never done art before but I had always wanted to. I am older and I especially hope it is inspirational to other women. You are never too old to learn new things.”

Havering College - Paige O'Dell Paige O'Dell>

Paige O'Dell went the extra mile to drive home a message challenging the gender gap in traditional male dominated industries.

Paige O'Dell and fellow classmates, who are studying for a Level 2 IMI Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, supported International Women's Day with a have-a-go activity teaching hundreds of women visitors how to do basic car checks.

Paige from Brentwood said: "Challenging the gender gap really appeals to me. It is not expected for girls to want to do a motor vehicle course but that made me want to do it even more. I have always had a passion for fixing things and want a career that will be hands-on. My ambition is to be a mechanic in the army."


Diana JohnsDiana Johns

Diana Johns is now at university studying accounting and finance after completing a Level 3 BTEC qualification in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship as a student of Havering College's Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.

The East Ham resident ran a tailoring and wedding alteration service names Time to Stitch as her business enterprise during her PJEA programme.

Together with a classmate Diana organised the annual summer BBQ for Brentwood Chamber of Commerce.

The prestigious event was held at an Essex Pub and the pair planned and delivered the entire project, taking responsibility for everything from booking the venue to selecting the speakers.

Diana said "Being part of a team which is managing this event for Brentwood Chamber of Commerce has been amazing because it has helped to boost my confidence. It made me realise that I have some skills that I did not think I possessed - such as the ability to successfully negotiate with the venue".


Sharne MahoneySharné Mahoney

Sharné Mahoney is shining bright as a future entrepreneur after successfully completing a Level 3 BTEC qualification in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Havering College. The Canning Town teenager enrolled on the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy course to further her business ambitions. Sharné developed her project management and event management skills by taking a leading role in organising the annual summer BBQ for Brentwood Chamber of Commerce.

Joint project manager for the event, Sharné, 18, from Canning Town, has her own online jewellery business. She said: "Managing this event aimed at businesses is a great learning experience. I am looking forward to being self-employed and hopefully a successful entrepreneur".


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Aston Joshua landed a dream role in Matthew Bourne's Lord of the Flies production at Sadler's Wells. Aston was one of 24 young male performers who danced alongside professionals in a contemporary ballet re-telling William Golding's classic story about a group of abandoned boys.

Aston, from Ilford, was chosen from more than 900 hopefuls after making it through a series of auditions which followed a Lord of the Flies workshop held at Havering College.

He said: "The audition process was pretty tough. The final audition was before a panel. When they rang me the same day to say I had got a part in the London cast, I was shocked and didn't have any words. I couldn't really believe it. It is a dream come true and means a lot to me."

Aston initially completed a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance at Havering College before progressing on to achieve HNC and HND qualifications in Dance. Aston, a former pupil of Warren Comprehensive School in Chadwell Heath, said: "I have always been a hard working person, determined to get what I want. If I am doing something, I make sure I do my best."

Prior to the performance, he said "It will be an honour to dance on stage at Sadler's Wells. It is one of the most prestigious theatres in the land with so much history. Rehearsals are hard work but I am loving every minute of it. Every day is something new and exciting and I am meeting new people. It's a fantastic experience and I would like to thank my tutors at Havering College for giving me the opportunity to take part in the Lord of the Flies workshop at the college".


Daniel NewtonDaniel Newton

Daniel Newton has received support from the Learning Support team  and enjoys taking part in the Connect Club while studying at Havering College. He says: "I came to Havering College at 18 when I had finished sixth form at Sawyers Hall College in Brentwood. Someone recommended Havering College to me. I started on the BTEC Level 1 Diploma in IT.

"I didn't know the college and took my time to look around. I thought it looked friendly. I wasn't worried. The hours were different to school. The support I have had is having a learning support assistant checking my work. I didn't have much confidence in my written work. I found that very helpful.

"I also go to Connect Club - it's on every lunchtime and some mornings as well. I like Connect because there are a lot of friendly people and I have met a lot of new friends. You can get help you with your work if you need help. Connect has learners from different courses and it is good to meet different people and find out what they are doing. We go on trips, such as Chessington World of Adventures and we have parties at Christmas and summer.

"From Level 1 I went on to do the ICT Level 2 BTEC. I have always been interested in computers and I wanted to study further. Now I have moved on to the Computing Access to HE Diploma.

"I think the Learning Support and the Connect Club has helped me to succeed at the college. It has helped me grow in confidence and they have encouraged me to stay on and improve my education. All of the Learning Support staff are really friendly as is the whole college and you get to know people really quickly. I would say to others to come to Havering College because if ever you are stuck they will help you and be there for you".

Daniel's ambition is to be a website designer and his hard work and motivation has been recognised with an award in Havering College's Further Education Awards.

Multi-Faith & Reflection

Multi-faith & reflection rooms and information

Havering College is a diverse community made up of people of different race, sex, disability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation and religion and belief.

We actively promote and raise awareness of fundamental British Values and integrate them into college policies. Our college values are linked to British Values:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty 
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

At Havering College, we recognise and respect all faiths and beliefs.

Please use this link to take you to 2017 and 2018 18-month Interfaith Calendar

What will the multi-faith and reflection rooms be used for?

The Havering college multi-faith rooms offer a quiet place for reflection and prayer. They are available to all college learners, visitors and staff. The rooms have a lockable cabinet where individuals can store items used for religious observance. There is also a mobile screen at Ardleigh Green for those who wish to be more private.

Where are the College multi-faith and reflection rooms?

The Quarles room is located on the ground floor near Student Services and the Ardleigh Green room is adjacent to Student Services. The rooms have a notice displayed on the door.

At what time is the College multi-faith room open?

They are usually available between 8:50 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. There is no requirement to book the rooms as they are available on a drop in basis.

What is the multi-faith provision like on the other campuses?

At the moment there are only multi-faith facilities at the Quarles and Ardleigh Green Campuses but students can book a room, as required, on the Rainham Campus via the Estates Department.

Who is allowed to use the multi-faith room?

Anyone is welcome to use the facilities for the purpose of reflection, prayer and meditation. We ask that people are respectful of the room since it is used for prayer.

When is the room most likely to be used for prayer?

Muslim men and women are required to offer five daily prayers as follows: morning; early afternoon; late afternoon; evening and night prayers. Some Christians may wish to pray at the start of special festivals; feast days or holy days of obligation. People who practice the Jewish faith may wish to pray up to three times a day.

LGBTQ at Havering

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Stonewall So you think your child is gayHavering College supports an inclusive environment where all LGBTQ individuals can achieve their potential. We pride ourselves on creating a safe and inclusive environment where learners and staff feel confident in who they are and in tackling/reporting unacceptable behaviour.

The College has active LGBTQ student groups which support individuals and provide an opportunity for LGBTQ learners to socialise and develop. The groups are proactive and promote LGBTQ rights within the College and have the opportunity of representing the College at external events including a prominent Havering College presence at Pride in London.

LGBTQAFOURMLGBTQ & Allies organise monthly staff forums and ask colleagues from across the College to pledge to do our best to ensure we all feel safe and supported and make a stand against prejudice, misinformation and stereotypes:

  • I ​pledge to be an ally to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community. I will do my best to ensure that friends, family, students and colleagues feel safe and supported. I will stand up against gender discrimination and all other prejudices directed at members of the LGBTQ community, when it is safe to do so. I will work to create an inclusive environment for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
  • I will let my family, friends, students and colleagues know that I support equality for LGBTQ people when it is appropriate.
  • I will stand up for equality and challenge any anti-gay jokes or remarks, or correct misinformation and stereotypes.​​

Havering College Pride London 2015

FAQ

At Havering College we celebrate difference. The college is a safe, supportive place for all, regardless of race, culture, age, religion, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 
What do we mean by equality?

Equality is a term that refers to equal opportunities. The Equality Act 2010 protects people from being discriminated against on the grounds of race, culture, age, religion, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.  These qualities are called ‘protected characteristics’. Equality is about fairness and ensuring we all have the best possible chance to succeed whatever our background or identity.

What do we mean by diversity?

Diversity is a term that refers to differences among people in areas including race, culture, age, religion, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.  Diversity is about respecting and valuing all individuals, whatever their backgrounds so that we all feel welcome, valued and supported whatever our background or identity. Embracing diversity brings benefits to all.

Does equality mean treating everyone the same?

Yes, in the sense that everyone should be treated fairly regardless of their race, gender or other protected characteristic. However sometimes, treating someone fairly means treating someone differently because of their circumstances so that they can participate on equal terms with everyone else. For example, treating someone in the same way as everyone else and not taking in to account their disability and the impact it has on how they do their job, or study on a course would be unfair treatment.

What facilities are available for disabled parking?

Parking spaces for 'Disabled (Blue)' badge holders are located on each campus. These are generally the closest parking spaces to the entrances of the college.  

Are there accessible toilets on the college sites?

All campuses have accessible toilets.

Do I need to tell college staff that I have a disability?

You do not need to disclose a disability, however if you have particular needs, for example if you are a wheelchair user, it will help us to support you in work or studies if we are aware of this.

Is there a prayer room at the College?

There is a prayer room at each of our campuses.

Is there an LGBTQ staff network?

The LGBTQ forum for staff meets once a term at Ardleigh Green Campus. All staff with an interest in this area are welcome to join the group regardless of sexual orientation and to pledge support by emailing Angela Hutton.

Is there a student LGBTQ support group?

The Havering College Students' LGBTQ groups welcome any lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender student and allies or anyone who is unsure about their sexuality. The groups are about giving support to individuals, but also an opportunity to socialise and develop. The groups are proactive and promote LGBTQ rights within the College and have the opportunity of representing the College at external events, if they feel comfortable doing so.

What can I expect when I start work or study with the college part way through gender reassignment?

Whatever your individual circumstances, we will respond in a supportive way. If you apply for a job or register for study, we will not ask you to declare if you are transgender, however you may want to disclose this if you have particular needs, for example, if you are concerned about how others may react, or if you will require time off for medical appointments or procedures.

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