Equality, diversity and your career: disabled students
Find out about finding disability friendly employers and requesting reasonable adjustments.
If you are a disabled student then you can access extra Careers Service appointments. You will also have access to specific events throughout the year.
A disability is defined as:
- Having a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
- Includes a long-term health condition including mental health or long-term chronic illness such as Crohn’s Disease, Asthma and ME.
- It also includes physical or sensory impairments such as visual/hearing loss or a specific learning disability such as dyslexia/dyspraxia as well as mobility impairments and Asperger's/Autism.
Additional Careers Service appointments and support
If you have disclosed a disability
If you have disclosed a disability to the University then you will be able to book extra Careers Service appointments. We call these Plus Appointments.
These can be useful for discussing any careers issue relating to your disability. This could include:
- disclosing a disability
- support you might need in a recruitment process
- support when you start a placement or graduate job
If you are not sure or have not disclosed a disability
If you are not sure or have not disclosed a disability to the University, you can still access this support. Please contact us via email@example.com.
We have put together a helpsheet that summarises the extra support you can access. Find out more about our additional support for disabled students
The Careers Service has produced tips to support advisers in ensuring the advice we provide is autism friendly. . We hope this will be a useful aid to both student and adviser. We are always looking for ways to be more inclusive and make our careers appointments accessible to everyone. If you have any suggestions/comments on other areas that might be helpful to include in this advice, then please do let us know.
Researching disability friendly employers
Organisations offering support into placements and jobs
There are specialist recruiters who specifically help disabled students:
- MyPlus Students' Club - The University of Bath has partnered with Myplus to give additional support to our students. Do register with them and look out for regular workshops and events
- Change 100 - internships for students and graduates
- Blind in Business
There are also organisations specifically supporting autistic students and graduates:
- Next Steps Foundation - this foundation works closely with the University to support our autistic students and graduates into work.
- Ambitious about Autism
Students with mental health conditions
There are also businesses/organisations specifically supporting students/graduates with mental health conditions:
- Mind is a good site for looking at your rights and how to disclose to an employer.
- Organisations that have signed up to The Mindful Employer Charter are committed to supporting those with mental health conditions. You can check the list of those who have signed up.
- StudentMinds –There is a University SU branch of the national group which supports students during their time at the University.
Disability Confident employer scheme
Some companies are registered as a Disability Confident employer. The government Disability Confident Scheme:
- Helps employers to 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
Level 2 Disability Confident employers
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.
Using MyFuture to search for jobs
We advertise vacancies targeted at Bath students in MyFuture. Many organisations advertise roles or schemes aimed at those with disabilities. To find these select 'Equality and Diversity' in the type of opportunity. You can also use keywords to further narrow down your results. For example, you can search for ‘disab’ and this will retrieve relevant jobs and opportunities that contain 'disabled' or 'disability' in them.
Disclosing a disability and requesting reasonable adjustments
Many students and graduates are understandably apprehensive about revealing a disability during the graduate recruitment process, and again during employment.
However, there are many positive reasons for disclosing your disability:
- Provides an opportunity to request reasonable adjustments to help manage any concerns you may have on the process
- Gives you the best chance to perform well on the day
- Ensures a level playing field for everyone so you can compete with those students/graduates who don’t have a disability
The Equality Act 2010
Under the Equality Act 2010 there is legal protection for job applicants and disabled employees. The following is a summary of key points:
- It is unlawful to discriminate against workers because of a disability or to fail to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate a worker (job applicant) with a disability
- There is no legal obligation on your part to disclose at any time, unless there are safety issues in a job you have applied for
- can disclose at any time of the recruitment process. Some students for example do not disclose until interview stage. Other students may need some reasonable adjustments for psychometric tests and therefore will disclose earlier in the recruitment process
Find out more
To Find Out More you can:
- Book a Careers Plus appointment – book on MyFuture or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- View our webinar on disclosure and reasonable adjustments - there is a recording available from the resources tab on MyFuture. Or you can look for an upcoming webinar in the events tab. Go to MyFuture.
- Check out information on disclosure and requesting additional support from MyPlus Students Club.
- The resources tab in MyFuture hosts other resources regarding disabilities. These include short videos from other disabled students or graduates and the AGCAS Get that job video series.
- Our Careers Service blog has posts covering disabled student experiences on finding graduate jobs and being on placement.
- AGCAS Disability Task Group Blog includes advice for students on various topics.