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Colleges are put in the shade when it comes to equality

With only one college making Stonewall’s top 100 LGBT employers list, despite a sizeable showing for HE, George Ryan explores whether the FE sector is falling behind on inclusivity

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College offers the thousands of young learners who enrol on courses each year a chance to start afresh. This makes it an exciting – and also daunting – prospect for many. But for LGBT students, going to college can bring with it a whole extra set of challenges.

While the campus can be a place to explore identities and meet like-minded people, perhaps for the first time, for many young people, the environment is not conducive to being themselves. Research shows that a significant proportion of LGBT students in further education experience bullying and harassment linked to sexual orientation and ...

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