Equality and Diversity

At Forth Valley College, we are committed to ensuring that all staff and students can work or study in an environment that is free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation and that everyone can progress equally.

We are guided by the Equality Act 2010 which sets out our responsibilities to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Promote good relations

This is important for all staff and students. 

In particular, we ensure equality in regards to protected characteristics.

Protected Characteristics

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Identity
  • Pregnancy and Maternity Status
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief (including Lack of Belief)
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation 


We ensure equality by:

  • Delivering a learning support service for students with additional support needs
  • Supporting students with guidance and welfare including mental health and wellbeing
  • Monitoring our staff and student profile and ensuring those with protected characteristics progress equally 
  • Ensuring harassment advisers, work positive advisers and counselling services are available to support staff and students
  • Monitoring and resolving hate incidents
  • Hosting events and awareness raising activities
  • Including equality and diversity in our courses and staff development activities
  • Delivering an ongoing 'Respect' campaign across all our campuses


Respect For All

Our aim is to ensure our learning community is free from harassment, bullying or intimidation of any kind. Your conduct on-campus helps everyone to "RESPECT ALL" throughout the College.

Time4Me Mentoring Programme

In operation since Academic Year 2018/19, Time4Me is an innovative mentoring initiative made possible by funding from The Robertson Trust. The programme represents Forth Valley College’s commitment to widening participation and enhancing educational outcomes for all our students, regardless of personal circumstances. 

To date, Time4Me has supported over 60 young students who are Care Experienced, young carers or reside in regeneration areas, to succeed in their learning journey.

You can find out more about the impact of this project in our Independent Evaluation reports below.

Executive Summary 

Final Report 

British Sign Language (BSL)

As a college, Forth Valley is committed to inclusivity and this is embedded within our mission, vision and values. Our British Sign Language (BSL) plan outlines our commitment to working towards a future where BSL and tactile BSL users can access all public services in an equal manner to non-BSL users. Our plan outlines how we will begin to work towards that goal over the next six years.

British Sign Language (BSL) Plan - 2018-2024

British Sign Language (BSL) Plan 2018-2024 Video

Equality Impact Assessment (EQIAs)

An EQIA verifies that policies, procedures and practices ensure fairness, advance opportunity and foster respect, in line with the Equality Act 2010.  In this section, you'll find completed EQIAs, along with some additional information about the FVC approach to EQIA and aims for the development of EQIA over the next few years. 

EQIA Summary Report 2015

EQIA Project Summary

Completed EQIAs

Absence Management

Corporate Parenting Plan

Employment References Policy and Procedure

Equality Outcomes 2021-2025

Hybrid Working Policy & Procedure

Job Centre Plus Youth Hubs

Mental Health Plan 2021-2025

Procurement PPE & Workwear for Students

Procurement Strategy 2022-2025

Recruitment and Selection Policy and Procedure

Redeployment and Redundancy Policy and Procedure

Reservists Policy and Procedure

Restructure of Equalities, Inclusion and Learning Services

Student Mental Health Agreement

Time4Me Phase 3

Get Involved

We are always interested in hearing what staff, students and partners think of equality at Forth Valley College. 

To share your views, or to get involved in our activities, please email equality@forthvalley.ac.uk