Equality and Diversity

Ayrshire College is in the business of making a positive difference to the lives and experiences of it's students and staff.  

We are fully committed to the wellbeing and inclusion of our students and staff by placing equality and diversity at the heart of everything we do.  The value placed on equality, diversity and inclusion are more than words and instead, are a way of being here at Ayrshire College. 

We have a clear plan in place to enable our students and staff to learn, work and develop in a safe and inclusive place.  

Our campuses are registered as Keep Safe spaces.  Our campuses are also Third-Party Reporting centres.  

We are working towards achieving the LGBT Youth Scotland Foundations Charter Mark.  The College has achieved several accreditations and related including Disability Confident Employer and has in place a Student Mental Health Agreement.  


Report + Support

If you are a student or staff member of the college, you can use Report + Support, an online reporting tool. You can use this tool to report an incident related to, for example, hate crime, racism, and gender-bases violence (GBV) and access support from us. 


Click Here to Access


LGBTQ+ Support

At Ayrshire College, we value diversity and believe that everyone has the right to learn, work and socialise in a safe space where LGBTQ+ students, staff and visitors can be themselves, be visible, feel welcomed and feel valued. If you are an LGBTQ+ student, you can speak to a member of the Student Services Team who will make sure you have the support you need. This link will take you to the Student Services page of the website

There is also a student-run LGBTQ+ Students Group, supported by the Student Association, available to all students, where our LGBTQ+ community and their allies can come together to raise awareness, increase visibility, celebrate the achievement of the LGBTQ+ community and bring people together. To join, please email studentassociation@ayrshire.ac.uk

Gender expression and identity are important, students and staff can request their pronouns be added to their College Microsoft account by emailing ict.services@ayrshire.ac.uk. Email from your student or staff email account letting us know your preferred pronouns. If you need support in choosing your pronouns, please contact the Student Association studentassociation@ayrshire.ac.uk. You can check out information on the importance of pronouns at Pronouns Matter.

The College has an online reporting tool called Report & Support through which students and staff can access lots of support information and report a hate crime. Hate crime includes instances of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. You can access Report & Support Here.

Useful contacts:
LGBT+ Youth Scotland
LGBT+ Health & Wellbeing
LGBT+ Youth Groups
Equality Network
Scottish Trans

Equality Outcomes 2021-2025

One way to describe equality outcomes is, they are the means in which an identified, evidenced equality need is being addressed.  In April 2021, the College made it clear, it would use its new set of equality outcomes to tackle the most significant and persistent inequalities being experienced and that it would take the opportunity over the next four years to make a difference to the lives and experiences of those most effected by inequality on the basis of their protected characteristic(s).


By April 2025, the College will be a place of learning and working where:

Equality Outcome 1

Students and staff with protected characteristics most likely to experience hate, report that they feel safe while engaged in study or work

Equality Outcome 2

Curriculum areas with courses that have a male or female student gender imbalance greater than a 75:25 ratio have improved

Equality Outcome 3

The rates of disclosure, retention and attainment of male students with a mental health condition have improved 

Equality Outcome 4

The recruitment and disclosure rates of staff with a disability have improved

Mainstreaming and Equality Outcome Reports

The College is legally obliged under the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) to demonstrate it is mainstreaming equality throughout its functions, processes, and activities and that is setting and fulfilling Equality Outcomes every four years.  The PSED was created under Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010. 


Please click on a report cover, shown below, to view the report.

We Are Ayrshire College

Meet Devlin

Devlin McCloskey is a Curriculum Administrator at Ayrshire College and a member of the College's Positive About Disability Group. Click below to hear from Devlin about his experience of having autism and about steps the College is taking to support him as well as it's aim to encourage more staff to share their disability, or long-term health condition. 

Meet Devlin

Be in Touch 

Be in touch about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion by using the email address equalityandinclusion@ayrshire.ac.uk

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