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Equality and diversity statement

‘The University of Strathclyde is committed to equality for all people irrespective of their protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, sex, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity. This is demonstrated in the University strategy of valuing and respect for individuals, and commitment to maximise the potential of each student’.

For further information please go to: 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 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.

ACAS advice on age discrimination

Fortyplus - specialist recruitment site

Shaw Trust 50 plus services

TARGETjobs  - Equality and diversity issues

The UK Government's Age Positive initiative

TARGETjobs provides further information and useful links relating to a range of Equality and diversity issues that include Asylum Seekers and Refugees.

The Scottish Refugee Council has a telephone advice service for anyone in Scotland who is still in the asylum system or has received some form of leave to remain.

The Bridges Programme may be able able to organise unpaid voluntary placements for asylum seekers as alternative route to gaining work experience while at university.

Our faculty careers consultants work in partnership with the Disability & Wellbeing Service and other relevant agencies, to help assist students and graduates with their career planning.

Students with a disability are strongly encouraged to make an individual appointment with a careers consultant as soon as possible on joining their course here at Strathclyde. While graduation may be a number of years away it is never too soon to start to make career plans e.g. for term-time or vacation employment; to do some job sampling; to discuss subject choice issues or how best to present to employers. The Careers Service will always endeavour to meet the needs of our students and graduates, and if you have a specific question you can E-mail Us!

Useful links 

AccessAble (formerly Disabled GO) – for additional disability Information at Strathclyde University

Centre for Mental Health

Explaining your mental health condition to others (pdf) - AGCAS Disability Task Group handout

Graduate Careers disability blog

Mental health and wellbeing support - University support service including links to other support agencies

My Plus Students' Club offers specialist careers advice to students who have a disability* or long term health condition

See me Scotland - including factsheets and online newslette

TARGETjobs  - Equality and diversity issues

What happens next  : Report on the first destinations of graduates with disabilities

Dyslexia Scotland produce leafletson a range of topics including employment and the workplace. They also host eventsthat you may find helpful.

 

*Disability and long term health conditions include, but are not limited to: visual and hearing impairments, mobility impairments, Asperger’s Syndrome, diabetes, epilepsy, dyslexia, dyspraxia, mental health conditions, speech impairments and major illnesses such as cancer and MS.

Equate Scotland

TARGETjobs - Equality and diversity issues

Women in STEM

WISE - women in science and engineering campaign

Where women work 

Being transgender and applying for jobs and placements - blog post from Bath Careers Service

LGBT Youth Scotland - Scotland’s national charity for LGBTI young people

Stonewall Scotland
An organisation offering support to make a difference to LGBT people at work.

TARGETjobs - Equality and diversity issues

BEMIS - including equality internship programme
BEMIS aims to empower Scotland's ethnic and cultural minority communities

CRER - Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights - Scottish charity based in Glasgow - provides access to range of publications
CRER work to eliminate racial discrimination and harassment and promote racial justice across Scotland

Path Scotland - positive moves in the workplace project

TARGETjobs - Equality and diversity issues
advice on a range of key equality and diversity issues

 

 

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Equality and Human Rights Commission -
provides guidance for workers on a range of equality and diversity issues

Discrimination - your rights at work 
Government website with information on types of discrimination and advice on what you can do

ACAS advice on equality and discrimination
Creating fair workplaces by promoting equality and diversity

Citizen's Advice Bureau Scotland
Check if you're being discriminated against in the workplace and find out how to solve your problem.

The AGCAS Disability Task Group have produced the following handouts:

Explaining your mental health condition to others (pdf)

Reasonable adjustments - neurodiversity (pdf)

Disclosing a disability - neurodiversity (pdf)

 

Other useful resources

Getting a graduate job with dyslexia - advice from TARGETjobs

Prospects - Example of how to disclose a disability in a cover letter

Tips on job-hunting with a visual impairment (pdf)

 

It is quite common to be asked to complete a medical questionnaire when applying for a job or when you're offered a job.  This blog post from the AGCAS Disability Task Group explains why and provides useful tips on how to deal with on.

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.  To find out who these employers are you can

  • Check the organisation website for information on equal opportunities policies, employee support networks or diversity champions
  • Keep an eye on our events calendar for insight events aimed at under-represented groups 
  • Find out if the relevant professional bodies offer initiatives or events
  • Look out for the Disability Confident logo

Here are some of the well-known employers and schemes

Ambitious about Autism - work experience opportunities
Find out about current opportunities and register for work experience opportunities

BBC Extend Hub Talent disability recruitment portal
The BBC recruitment portal for entry level schemes and apprenticeships for people with a disability

Civil Service Early Diversity Internship Programme 5-day placement in a government department is available to first-year undergraduates from diverse backgrounds

Civil Service Summer Diversity Internship Programme puts talented undergraduates and graduates on a 2 month work placement in a government department

Evenbreak -
jobs board for disabled candidates

Inclusion Scotland funded by the Scottish Government to create internship opportunities for disabled people in Scotland

Leonard Cheshire Change 100 - paid summer internships for students and graduates with disabilities or long-term health conditions

Equal opportunities monitoring forms

When you apply for a job, you may be asked to complete an equal opportunities monitoring form which is separate to the rest of your application.

Don't worry, this form is not seen by those involved in the recruitment process and will NOT have an impact on your application.   HR departments use this information to gather data about how diverse the applicant pool is and can help them change recruitment processes to encourage more applicants from under-represented groups.

 

  

If you have a specific careers-related question which is not covered here, please Email Us

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Equality and diversity statement

‘The University of Strathclyde is committed to equality for all people irrespective of their protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, sex, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity. This is demonstrated in the University strategy of valuing and respect for individuals, and commitment to maximise the potential of each student’.

For further information please go to: Equality and Diversity