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.

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


ACAS advice on age discrimination

The UK Government's guidance on help and support for older workers

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.

Use this Citizen’s Advice Scotland resource to check the basic rules about when you have to declare your criminal records and which checks can be made by an employer


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!


Through our partnership with EmployAbility students and graduates have access to individualised advice and support about adjustments for recruitment and the workplace, information about your rights, and support with your application. The EmployAbility team will also advocate for you with an employer to ensure you receive the adjustments you need, taking any stress and anxiety out of the process. Register with EmployAbility to access free support and advice.


Applying for postgraduate study or researchThis guide, designed to help students with a disability apply for a postgraduate course in the UK, has been published by the Disabled Students’ Commission and includes a helpful checklist.

Useful links 

Access to Work Access to Work is a publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support if you have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition

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

Blind in Business Employment Service is designed to help blind and partially sighted students and graduates prepare for and find jobs within their chosen careers

British Dyslexia Association guidance on reasonable adjustments in the workplace

Centre for Mental Health

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

Exceptional Individuals is a social enterprise that partners dyslexic and neurodiverse jobseekers with employers in London and increasingly across the UK. They run a wide range of free events for neurodiverse students.

Blog on disability-related topics, advice and analysis designed for students, graduates and HE careers professionals

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

My Plus Students' Club - register to access free Disability Careers Guides which will provide you with advice on topics such as the benefits of being open, accounting for differences on your CV, asking for adjustments in the recruitment process and how to position your disability as a positive. Industry updates include case studies in which disabled graduates share their experience of the workplace.

See me Scotland - including factsheets and online newsletter

STAMMA, the British Stammering Association, provides resources and support so your stammer doesn't hold you back from the job or career you want

TARGETjobs  - Equality and diversity issues

Use My Ability provides workshops aimed at helping disabled students boost employability skills and use of assistive technology These workshops have been informed by research with employers, academic staff, careers staff and disabled students and are available to anyone who is interested

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, autism, diabetes, epilepsy, dyslexia, dyspraxia, mental health conditions, speech impairments and major illnesses such as cancer and MS

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

Equate Scotland is is the national expert in gender equality throughout the STEM sectors.  Make valuable links with industry via their student network – the UK’s only student network for women STEM students. Also manages the only UK wide “women into STEM” job advertising platform

Women in STEM helps graduate employers attract female applicants to their graduate scheme, internship and placement opportunities and runs events throughout the year

WISE enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

Where women work showcases the impressive work and achievements of women, while shining a spotlight on the organisations supporting them. Jobs board advertises internships, apprenticeships, graduate roles, experienced hires, women returners, executives - full-time, part-time, flexible or contract

AAI Employability run a "Back to work" programme to support minority ethnic women to return to the workforce after a career break


These interviews for the Women in Data campaign capture the profiles of women working in data, tech and related fields in Scotland.

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

The Careers & Employability Service is part of the University’s Student Experience directorate which achieved a Silver LGBT Charter award in early 2020; find out more.

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 supports individuals and organisations to make a difference for LGBT people at work, home and in their communities. Their Top 100 Employers list identifys the best employers for LGBT people and is published annually.

InterEngineering is free and inclusive organisation for everyone who believes that LGBT diversity and inclusion within engineering is important

PinkNews Futures is a bi-annual (digital) student and graduate careers conference which aims to provide support and valuable resources to LGBT+ youth, whilst connecting them with inclusive employers from across the UK. They also host an online Jobs Board


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

10,000 Black Interns seeks to offer 2,000 internships each year for five consecutive years and has partnered with firms from 24 different sectors, delivering internships across a range of internal business functions

BAME: The Education & Careers Guide 2020 promotes diversity within the education and career sector to promote the continuing drive by the UK to embrace inclusion, diversity and equality

BEMIS is the national umbrella body supporting the development of the Ethnic Minorities Voluntary Sector in Scotland and aims to empower Scotland's ethnic and cultural minority communities. Website includes a jobs board

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

Path Scotland aims to address the under-representation of black and minority ethnic communities working in housing and other professions in Scotland

COLORINTECH is focused on making Europe the most inclusive tech hub in the world through building programs that create access to some of the world’s most innovative companies for ethnic minorities. Explore theri website to access free online MOOCS, events and programs that develop your skills and network.

AAI Employability run a "Back to work" programme to support minority ethnic women to return to the workforce after a career break 


Being a carer means you will have numerous skills and valuable knowledge gained through caring that can be relevant to employers, even if you don't initially see it yourself. 

At Strathclyde we are dedicated to identifying and supporting student carers and to helping you succeed. Learn more about the support and resources we provide including a Careers Module for Student Carers.


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. Aims to create fair workplaces by promoting equality and diversity

Citizen's Advice Bureau Scotland information on discrimination at work - enables you to 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)

Psychometrics tests - a guide for disabled candidates(pdf)

This blog post from AGCAS looks at reasonable adjustments for each stage of a typical graduate scheme application process 


Other useful resources

British Dyslexia Association guidance on reasonable adjutsments in the workplace

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)

Adjustments in the recruitment process: what you need to know an e-book developed by MyPlus Students’ Club

Develop your openness statement using this My Openness worksheet developed by MyPlus Students’ Club


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.

This free online course is ideal for you if are an autistic university student or graduate interested in developing your employability skills. However, it may also be useful for any autistic person looking to develop these capacities.

The course is estimated to take between 2-4 hours in total but you can take as long as you need to complete it.

The videos and activities in this course have all been developed and produced by a team of experts, including autistic graduates, autistic workplace mentors, non-autistic university careers consultants, and non-autistic researchers. 

What you’ll learn

  • Skills to help you find a suitable job
  • Skills to help you decode job adverts and interview questions
  • Guidance on sharing or disclosing your autism diagnosis
  • Information about reasonable adjustments
  • Development of an action plan to maximise employment success

This course was funded by The Churchill Fellowship and York St John University. It is supported by the autism organisations Matthew's Hub, Autism Forward, and Living Autism as well as the Association for Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS).


The IMAGE Project Employability Toolkit - resources to improve the employability of autistic graduates

  • Learn about the steps and challenges involved in choosing a career, applying for a job, and settling into the workplace.
  • The toolkit includes “How to…” articles and case studies from across Europe.
  • There is an interactive profile builder that turns strengths, challenges and preferences into templates to print or email.

Recordings of some of the Careers Service events with a specific focus on Equality and Diversity are available via the following links:

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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