Diversity and inclusion support

All employers must recruit on a fair and equal basis. The best employers actively champion diversity in the workplace.

Many graduate recruiters go beyond formal legal requirements and set themselves challenging recruitment targets to build a diverse workforce.

If you feel you have been discriminated against in recruitment, you have rights you can pursue.

Our Careers Managers can provide advice on any equality and diversity issues you encounter in your job search.

Careers Partnership with EmployAbility

Careers and Global Opportunities are delighted to announce a partnership with the award-winning disability rights and advocacy organisation, EmployAbility.

Together we are focussed on Next Generation Inclusive Thinking and the empowering of talented students and graduates with a range of disabilities and health conditions to get the graduate jobs they deserve.

Register with EmployAbility to access free support and advice.

Through EmployAbility, you can obtain information about your rights, and access free and individualised advice and support with your applications, interviews and adjustments for recruitment. The EmployAbility team can also advocate for you with employers to ensure you obtain any adjustments you require.


The UK has many disability-specific organisations that support disabled job seekers to find work.

When looking for jobs, keep an eye out for the Disability Confident logo. Disability Confident is a government scheme designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions.

Here are some useful resources for further information:


The Equality Act 2010 legally protects women and men, including transsexual people, from being discriminated against at work because of their sex.

Most employers are committed to preventing gender discrimination. However, there is still a gender pay gap of 10% between full-time male and female employees, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Gender discrimination can be both positive and negative, with some employers having misconceptions that men and women have particular strengths or weaknesses.

Gender imbalances can vary between sectors. Various societies and networks exist to help you succeed in a sector where your gender is still under-represented.


Mature students and graduates can be at an advantage in a competitive graduate labour market because of the skills and experience gained in pre-degree employment.

It is illegal in the UK to discriminate between job seekers on the basis of age. Your rights are protected if you do not disclose your age when applying. We generally recommend that students omit their birth date on their CV.

Race, Religion and Ethnicity

Employers increasingly want to reflect our multicultural society in the workforce, and you should feel free to ask employers about their diversity policies. What programmes do they work with for recruiting and supporting graduates from ethnic minority groups?