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 is a scheme delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions to help disabled people start and maintain employment. The fund pays for practical assistance and equipment to make work more accessible to all disabled people as defined by the Equality Act 2010

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

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 offers specialist careers advice to students who have a disability* or long term health condition

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 Spectrum Disorder (ASD), 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


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

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.




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)

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

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)

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.

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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