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In this section you will find some of our college policies and key information.

Equality & Diversity

Riverside College welcomes people from all sections of the community. We are committed to an ethos of promoting equality and social inclusion, and removing any barriers to learning that people may face. Your own race, gender, age, ability or disability, sexuality, religion, culture and lifestyle will be respected and treated positively.

  • To view a copy of the college’s Equality and Diversity Policy please click here.
  • To view the Equality and Diversity Chapter of the college’s strategic plan please click here.
  • To view the college’s gender pay gap report please click here.

Freedom of Information

Read our Model Publication Scheme and Freedom of Information documentation.

Privacy Statement

Please click here to view the college’s Privacy Statement.


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Job Vacancies

Click here for details on working at Riverside College, our current vacancies and how to apply.


  • Click here to access the minutes of recent Board and Committee meetings.
  • Click here for information on who our governors are.
  • Click here for information about how to become a governor.

Public Value Statement

Please click here to download a copy. Terms and conditions apply.

Strategic Plan

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How we spend our money

The college spends its income on the running of its academic and vocational departments, providing academic and pastoral support services (such as the LRC, IT services, study support, careers advice and welfare services), management and administration and maintaining its buildings and other facilities.

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Ofsted Inspection

On Friday 6th November Ofsted published Riverside College’s report following their inspection on the 23 and 24th September 2015.

Riverside was the first College in the North West to be inspected under the new Ofsted inspection framework which now makes judgements on whether the provider ‘continues to be good’ and if ‘safeguarding is effective’. Riverside College were judged to have met these requirements and was praised for some outstanding practice seen during the inspection.

Extracts from the report’s findings include the following:

  • “…students achieve grades at or above those expected from their qualifications when they start college”
  • “Students’ progression to further study, higher education, apprenticeships or employment is high”
  • “Teaching, learning and assessment are consistently good”
  • “…students participate well in lessons and develop their knowledge and skills effectively”
  • “…provision is responsive to local and regional priorities”
  • “…very effective action is taken to safeguard students”
  • “Students behave particularly well at college and respect each other and their teachers”

Click here to download the full report.

TEF Gold Award (Higher Education)

In June 2019, Riverside College was awarded a TEF Gold Award for excellent outcomes for students on its Higher Education courses. The Teaching Excellence Framework was introduced by the Government in 2017 to measure the performance of the UK higher education sector.

Riverside College was rated for its high levels of student satisfaction with assessment and feedback. Teaching on my course and academic support were also judged to be exceptionally high.

In addition, the TEF panel recognised:
• “The provision of extensive and sustained opportunities and challenges for ensuring that students from non-traditional backgrounds achieve their full potential.”
• “An embedded institutional culture that facilitates, recognises and rewards excellent teaching, leading to frequent and consistent student engagement”.

Riverside College TEF Gold Award Summary

QAA Institutional Review of Higher Education

In October 2015, Riverside College was awarded the QAA Quality Mark. This means that the College’s academic standards, the quality and enhancement of student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about these opportunities all meet UK expectations. The review identified as an example of good practice the effective integration of all student support services including the use of the student tracking and achievement record system in order to enable students to develop their academic, personal and professional potential.

QAA Higher Education Review (HER) Report

Access and Participation Plan

As part of its registration process with the Office for Students, Riverside College has produced an access and participation plan for 2019/20.  Riverside College’s Access and Participation Plan sets out our approach to improve equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups to access and succeed in higher education.

Riverside College’s Access and Participation Plan for 2019/20 can be found here.

Student Protection Plan

This Student Protection Plan sets out what measures Riverside College has in place to protect our Higher Education students in the event that a risk to the continuation of studies should arise.

This plan has been approved by our regulator, the Office for Students, and is available to all current and potential Higher Education students.

Riverside College’s Student Protection Plan can be accessed here.