Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
At BMC, we’re committed to creating an inclusive, respectful and equitable environment for all members of our staff and when we welcome them, our student community. This commitment is reflected in our vision and strategy, our access and participation activities, our provision for disabled staff and students, the creation of an innovative admissions process, student-focused approach to academic support and wellbeing, and the ways in which we recruit and promote our staff.
BMC commits to ensuring that all individuals are treated equitably, regardless of gender, race or ethnicity, socio-economic background, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, or any other inappropriate distinction.
All members of the College share responsibility for creating an inclusive and equitable teaching and learning environment.
Our College requires that we engage with anti-racism, gender inclusivity and unconscious bias training so as to foster inclusion and develop a common language for respecting diversity.
What can Students Expect?
- Widening Access – Our commitment to widening access and participation both at BMC and in the higher education sector will be found in our Access and Participation Plan. This sets out our targets and specific activities for ensuring that all students have equity of opportunity to access, succeed on, and progress from our degree.
- Student Support – We will provide students with their own dedicated Academic Tutor, Wellbeing Advisor and Careers Mentor, to make sure they get the support they need to navigate the degree, adjust to life away from home, and set your course for life beyond BMC.
- Teaching and Learning – The BMC learning environment is designed to be flexible and inclusive as possible with an emphasis on ‘How we learn’ with a mix of face-to-face sessions, digital and physical resources, outdoor learning and opportunities and tools to collaborate with peers on and off-line.
What can Staff Expect?
- Flexible working strategy to reach a more representative spread of candidates.
- An equal, diverse and inclusive environment to work in.
- A fair and equitable recruitment through the use of structured interviews, and a diverse interview panel, to limit unconscious bias.
- A transparent HR policy and practice that instils fair pay and promotion practices.
We want to ensure that all students have equal access to the range of teaching, learning and social opportunities offered at BMC. Wherever reasonably possible, we’ll make adjustments to the way we teach and assess students to accommodate those with disabilities, including mental health disabilities.
At BMC, and in light of the Equality Act, we use the term “disability” to include any physical, sensory and intellectual impairment (i.e., mobility impairment, visual impairment/ blindness, hearing impairment/ deafness), certain medical conditions (i.e., HIV, cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis), mental health difficulties, Asperger’s Syndrome, or specific learning differences (SpLDs) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, or ADHD/ADD.
We understand that disclosing a disability to us is a personal matter and is down to individual choice however disclosing early can help us make reasonable adjustments for you.