Equality and diversity

The Equality Act 2010 protects jobseekers and employees from discrimination on the basis of certain characteristics such as; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

We acknowledge that these characteristics may still cause students and graduates some concern when career planning and job searching. The Careers Service can provide information and advice on common equality and diversity issues you may face, including understanding your rights, marketing yourself, disclosure and targeting employers.

How can we help?

The following online resources provide information and advice about ensuring equal rights when job seeking and when in employment:

Further resources, as well as links to external web information, please see Equality & diversity resources.

Job hunting and disclosure

For advice on how and when to disclose your circumstances and understanding your rights please visit TARGETjobs equality and diversity. You may also find it helpful to look at the advice on our blog, Careers Perspectives – please search using keywords such as “disability” or “gender”. The Careers Service also runs a webinar on To Disclose or not to Disclose your disability - check MyFuture for details. 

Identifying diversity-friendly employers

Many employers demonstrate their commitment to having a diverse workforce in a number of ways:

  • Look out for a company's equal opportunities policy and for any employee support networks that may exist.
  • Some employers run insight events or work experience schemes aimed at under-represented groups in the professions.
  • Some companies may have a diversity champion such as Stonewall. 
  • Some companies are registered as a Disability Confident Employer. This now replaces the "Two Ticks" scheme. However, you may still see organisations with the "Two Ticks" symbol. 
    The government Disability Confident Scheme aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has three levels that have been designed to support a disabled person on their Disability Confident journey. View a list of employers who are members. 
    Like the previous scheme, level 2 Disability Confident employers commit to offer an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job. 
    If employers do not advertise a formal guaranteed interview, they should make it clear in their recruitment material that a disabled applicant meeting the minimum criteria for the job (that is the description of the job as set by the employer) will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview. 
  • Many organisations are also a member of the Business Disability Forum which accredits organisations with a Disability Standard. View a full list of members.  

For disabled students

The University's Student Services Centre is available to support and advise prospective and existing students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties. Current students can log queries by e-mailing Alternatively you can phone 01225 385538, or pop in to the Student Services Centre in 4 West, open Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm.

Further information is on the Disability Service site.

For women undergraduate and postgraduate students

With generosity from the Alumni Fund, the Careers Service are pleased to offer the Sprint Professional Development Programme to female undergraduate and postgraduate students. This award winning programme delivers proven results and aims to enable women to achieve their full potential.

Counselling and wellbeing support for students

The University's Counselling & Mental Health and Wellbeing Service teams offer face-to-face and specialist support to current students. You can see information about getting welfare and wellbeing advice, and about how to get a counselling and mental health assessment.