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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

University Centre Peterborough are committed to raising awareness of equality and human rights, promoting diversity and combating all forms of inequality, disadvantage, prejudice, discrimination, harassment and mistreatment within our community.

Furthermore, we are committed to ensuring that all forms of prejudice and unfair discrimination are unacceptable and challenged, moreover training and raising awareness of these standards will take a high profile throughout the group.

Finally, our marketing policy, materials, promotional messages and information aim to project equality of access and opportunity to all the sectors of the community it serves.

The pledges and policies below outline our commitment to ensuring that UCP is a respectful, harmonious and inclusive community of staff and students. It is our hope that UCP graduates step forth throughout their lives to challenge discrimination and promote inclusion as part of their civic duty.

Black Lives Matter Statement

The tragic events in America have outraged the global community. They are a reminder to us all that we must continue to tackle racial equality, injustice and discrimination wherever and whenever we see it. We are fully aware that as an educational establishment, we have the power to enhance lives, engage students, and strengthen communities to help bring about positive change within the world, and we take this responsibility incredibly seriously.

Intolerance and racism, in any form, are not acceptable and have no place in any educational establishment. We are proud to be part of a diverse community of students and staff and strive to place equality at the forefront of everything we do. In the last few weeks, we have undertaken various actions to address these issues, including specific remote tutorial delivery for our study programme students. We have received positive feedback from students, stating how thought-provoking and challenging this has been. However, we know we need to do more.

Education plays a critical role in establishing equality and inclusion and we realise that more can be done to bring about positive change and to create a world with equality and mutual respect.

It takes commitment from everybody to make real, meaningful change. Words are not enough, action is required. We want to know what more we can do; we want to be challenged and so we would encourage students, staff, parents, carers, alumni, and our local community to get in touch. If you have any suggestions or thoughts, please email

Now is the time to be open to discussion and ask ourselves uncomfortable questions, so that we can fight racism in education and all aspects of society.We are united as a whole educational community in our pursuit to stand up to racism and oppression. Black lives matter at University Centre Peterborough, and they always will!

UCP has adopted the working definition of antisemitism

In the spirit of the Stockholm Declaration that states: “With humanity still scarred by …antisemitism and xenophobia the international community shares a solemn responsibility to fight those evils” the committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial called the IHRA Plenary in Budapest 2015 to adopt the following working definition of antisemitism.

On 26 May 2016, the Plenary in Bucharest decided to:

Adopt the following non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism:

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

To guide IHRA in its work, the following examples may serve as illustrations:

Manifestations might include the targeting of the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic. Antisemitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for “why things go wrong.” It is expressed in speech, writing, visual forms and action, and employs sinister stereotypes and negative character traits.

Supporting Care Leavers

University Centre Peterborough recognises that when applying and entering higher education young people in care can face particular difficulties that their peers are less likely to experience. This guidance explains some of the specific help available to a care leaver or those who have experienced living in a care environment.

Once a student has been accepted on a course at UCP, we offer Care Leaver’s a one-to-one meeting with a member of UCP Student Support staff or nominee. They will give guidance, which includes advice about disability, and additional needs support, accommodation and advice on your student finance.

A student can also make an appointment with a Student Advisor by visiting the UCP Support Centre, emailing or telephoning 01733 214466.

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