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Reports & Legal

With a diverse student population, everyone is welcome at Plymouth College of Art; we have students of all ages, from a variety of different ethnic and social backgrounds and a number have disabilities, each with different learning styles and needs.

The College strives to be a transparent and accessible institution that upholds and celebrates the values of equality and diversity, recognising the benefits that a diverse staff and student population brings.

In accordance with the Public Sector Equality Duty we operate a Single Equality Scheme, supplemented by our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy, giving additional guidance on how we promote equality and diversity; with the aim to provide a positive work and study environment where everyone has the opportunity to realise their full potential in an environment where staff and students working together tackle and eliminate all forms of discrimination, harassment and victimisation. In addition the College has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition for antisemitism.

Everyone is treated fairly and can play a role in shaping the development of our equality and diversity practice in the future.

If you have a disability we have a team of staff who can give you additional support, and we’ll try to make reasonable adjustments to provide you with any specific equipment, technology or additional support you may need to help with your work or studies.

Plymouth College of Art’s Equality Scheme Implementation Plan sets out the objectives the College will be working towards over the next two to three years based on the three aims of the Equality Duty. These objectives will be focused on in the short-term and will be reviewed for achievement by the Senior Leadership Team in April each year.

Plymouth College of Art respects each person who studies or works at the College and treats each and everyone as an individual. Under the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations, we are legally required to publish anonymised information about our student and staff populations’ protected characteristics, in order to help our community understand the profile of the people accessing and working at the College.

We, therefore, report annually on age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership (in respect of unlawful discrimination - in terms of our employees), pregnancy and maternity, race (including ethnic or national origins), religion and/or belief, and sexual orientation. Wherever possible, we compare our data with local, regional and national records from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Neighbourhood Statistics, Local Authority reports and the national census 2011.

For more information, please download our Student & Staff Data document.

As part of the legal obligations for an employer with over 250 employees we must produce a report using specific metrics for snapshot data from March 31 each year. We have one year to report on the gender pay gap within our organisation at this date and we must publish the figures to the government and our own website by the 30 March 2020.

The metrics that we must provide are mean and median pay gap, and the proportion of female and male staff at each quartile band.

At Plymouth College of Art we strive towards social and gender equality while maintaining a high standard of education, and ensuring that staff receive fair recompense for the level of work that they complete.

As an initial indication into the gender pay gap, we have calculated the Mean and Median from the hourly rates of all staff on full pay, during the snapshot period of March 2021, regardless of what type of contract staff are on, as this provides an overview of the gap at the college. However, it is not effective enough to use on its own to understand the reasons for the pay gap.

  • Our single figure mean gender pay gap is 10.2% (-4.2% from 2019)

  • Our single figure median gender pay gap is 11.1% (-8.8% from 2019)


Plymouth College of Art (2020)10.2%11.1%
Plymouth College of Art (2019)14.4%19.1%
Plymouth College of Art (2018)9.4%7.2%
Plymouth College of Art (2017)11.3%8.3%
Higher Education Sector (2019)17.6%26.2%
Education Sector (2019)16.4%15.3%

As the table above shows, we compare favourably to the 2019 snapshot of the overall Education and Higher Education sector with those 2020 figures to be confirmed.

At Plymouth College of Art we do not pay bonuses, and so we have no return for the mean and median bonus pay gaps.

Proportion of Males and Females in Quartile bands

The table below shows the percentage of female and male staff from each quartile.

Male %Female %
Quartile 134.4%65.6%
Quartile 233.7%66.3%
Quartile 339.8%60.2%
Quartile 442.4%57.6%

We have a larger overall proportion of female staff at all quartiles, particularly Q2. This shrinks in the upper quartiles although the gap has narrowed in all quartiles during 2020. Overall our staff population has barely changed from March 2018 to March 2020, with 62.4% females (62.5% 2018) to 37.6% males (37.5% 2018).

While unreported for gender pay gap calculations, our board of governors is split equally between 8 males and 4 females.

​As a small organisation individual variances in roles can have a disproportionate statistical impact when compared to larger institutions. The College aims to work towards a gender pay gap of below 5% by 2025.

Detailed information is available in the current Gender Pay Report.

You can access our previous Gender Pay Report here.

Plymouth College of Art publicises its transparency return in accordance with the Office for Students (OfS) Condition of Registration F1. The OfS has decided that a reduced set of transparency information should continue to be required in the academic year 2020-21. This is due to the continued disruption caused by coronavirus and their intention to review the approach to the transparency information for the longer-term.

The information published below shows:

  • The number of students who attained a particular degree or another academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

  • It also shows these numbers by reference to:

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate

  • Their ethnicity

  • Their socioeconomic background.

Table 1a Attainment 2019-20

This table relates to attainment (full-time) at Plymouth College of Art and presents the percentage of classified first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristics for 2019-20 qualifiers.

N = 24 or fewer students in this population
DP = Data suppressed for data protection reasons

CharacteristicCharacteristic SplitPercentage



EIMD 2019 quintile

1 and 266%
3 to 576%

Table 1b Attainment 2019-20

This table relates to attainment (full-time) at Plymouth College of Art and presents detailed information on attainment by characteristics for 2019-20 qualifiers.

N = 24 or fewer students in this population
DP = Data suppressed for data protection reasons

a = Headcount of classified First degrees awarded
b = Percentage of classified First degrees awarded as first class
c = Percentage of classified First degrees awarded as upper second class
d = Percentage of classified First degrees awarded as lower second class
e = Percentage of classified First degrees awarded as third class
f = Headcount of unclassified First degrees

CharacteristicCharacteristic Splitabcdef


EIMD 2019 Quintile14025%40%30%DPN

The College has a zero-tolerance policy to harassment and bullying in relation to any of the Equality Act’s protected characteristics covering students, staff and anyone else involved with the College.

The College respects the right of staff to opt-out from answering particular equality and diversity monitoring questions. However, the College encourages staff to provide all data to ensure we can fully support an inclusive and diverse workforce.

For further information, or for details on how our statistics are collated, please contact: