Careers Service Applying with a disability

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 

You do not need to be registered with the Disability Service to request adjustments in the recruitment process.

Support available

We have a partnership with EmployAbility. Here students and graduates have access to guidance about adjustments for recruitment and the workplace. They also have information about your rights and support with your application.

The EmployAbility team will also advocate for you with an employer. This is 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.

We would also encourage you to book an appointment with a Career Consultant. Here you can have a confidential discussion early on in your course. It's never too early to start exploring your career plans. 

Useful resources

If you're an autistic student or graduate, the Employability Skills for Autistic Students and Graduates course includes:

  • skills to help you decode job adverts and interview questions
  • guidance on sharing or disclosing your autism diagnosis
  • information about reasonable adjustments

MyPlus Student Club have produced a range of Disability Careers Guides

Dyslexia guides:

Further resources are available on the Equality and Diversity section of the Careers website.

Advice on the Use of ChatGPT and other technologies in the application process

As new technologies evolve, so do the processes for looking at any application submission made to employers. We would advise against using ChatGPT and any AI technology or indeed copying any other person’s application submissions made to employers. This includes all submissions you make as part of the application process such as CVs, cover letters, application forms, essays, reports, psychometric assessments, and technical challenges. This is viewed as plagiarism by employers and as such would result in the rejection of your application.

We have many tools to support you in writing unique content for your applications and support you in preparing for the stages of the application process, so please use the service if you are unsure and don’t be caught out.