Equality and Employment

We are committed to the ideals and practice of equality and diversity in all aspects of our work. We have gathered useful resources around Equality and Diversity with specific reference to communities of students and graduates that may face barriers in the job market. There can be a number of specific issues around discrimination commonly faced by students/graduates when considering career choices and investigating the job market. We’ve put together some resources to help you locate groups/organisations offering support in the field of employment and equality and diversity.

Support for our diverse groups

We have many services that support our commitment to equality and diversity generally.

  • For current students, Disability & Learner Support offer information and advice on equality issues including assessment of support needs (including technology assessments) and information on facilities and services available
  • We also have projects providing advice and support to care leavers and students with families – find out more in our Diversity & Inclusion articles

Support for our diverse groups

Black and Minority Ethnic students and graduates

  • TargetJobs - Equality and Diversity Specialists from AGCAS give information and advice on the issues surrounding equality in the workplace and your rights. You'll find out how to identify diversity positive employers.
  • The ACS Project is an online and offline platform concerned with the development of African Caribbean Societies (ACS) and their members. They run a series of events throughout the academic year to connect exceptional black students with employers, develop the leadership abilities of ACS presidents and allow communication and collaboration among ACS members.
  • Black Enterprise - Black Enterprise is a website that aims to promote awareness of black and minority ethnic businesses.
  • Institute of Race Relations - The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) seeks to reflect the experiences of those who suffer racial oppression and draws its perspectives from the most vulnerable in society. It publishes a variety of newsletters, such as the quarterly Race and Class and the European Race Bulletin.
  • Race for Opportunity - Race for Opportunity is a charity that produces information and handouts for any member of the public. They recently published a document called “Managing the new Legislation on Religion and Belief” which discusses the 2003 legislation for both employers and employees.
  • The Windsor Fellowship - The Windsor Fellowship (WF) is a unique organisation that runs personal development and training programmes targeting talented Black and Asian students in the UK.
  • VERCIDA - VERCIDA stands for Values, Equality, Respect, Culture, Inclusion, Diversity, Accessibility. It is the UK's largest diversity careers site, currently working with over 100 organisations, both public and private, helping them to implement strategies to promote diversity and inclusion.

Disabled students and graduates Accessible careers information

We can provide a range of careers information and guidance resources available in alternative formats, for example, in text format or in large print

  • By prior arrangement, we can provide a member of staff who will, if appropriate, meet and escort students/graduates with disabilities into Careers & Enterprise from outside the building
  • We aim to offer the following services if you need them:
  • By prior arrangement only an extended careers interview
  • Careers interview at an alternative venue on campus to suit your needs
  • Careers advice by e-mail, telephone or video appointment

University resources

  • Disability & Learner Support - Offers information and advice to disabled students on accessing support for their learning at the University of Salford.
  • Disabled access to The Library services- Information outlining the access to services that the Library provides for disabled users.
  • NOWAL - (Northwest Academic Libraries) This website gives locations, contacts and information about accessibility at other academic libraries in Manchester.
  • Access Summit - Access Summit is a local assessment centre that supports registered and prospective University of Salford students who require a Disabled Students Allowance assessment of needs. Access Summit are also a support worker provider. Students can get help applying for Disabled Students allowance through Disability & Learner Support and more information about Access Summit can be found on their website access-summit.org.uk.

Further resources 

LGBTQI+ students and graduates

  •  BLAGG - Membership and support organisation that provides a support network for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons at the Bar, and for those entering the profession.
  • Corporate Equality Index - Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees. It includes the top 100 Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality in Britain.
  • Gay Business Association - The GBA aim to improve standards, share information and experiences and promote gay businesses in general. They aim to act almost as a “gay chamber of commerce”. They produce an online newsletter and users can search a database for members who they may feel may be able to help them with a particular issue.
  • ILGA-Europe - ILGA-Europe is the European branch of the International Lesbian and Gay Association. They are a non-governmental organisation. They produce several different types of booklet and handout, including “Going beyond the law” which is about promoting equality in employment. It has sections for employers and trade unions on how they can help their employees and promote equality.
  • Mind - Mind.org is a general mental health website, but they produced a web page that holds a lot of information about LGBTQ+ mental health including a big section on jargon and definitions. 
  • Regard - Regard is the national organisation of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer people (LGBTQ) who self-identify as disabled. Regard was founded in 1989 and aims to offer information, advice and support and raise awareness of issues affecting LGBT+ people. 
  • Stonewall - Stonewall is probably the most famous institution for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK. It is constantly producing new and up to date information on legislation and what can be done in the workplace, including most recently a handout called “Discrimination at work – It’s so over”. It also has a lot of information on exceptions to the law and when discrimination may not be illegal. They publish a booklet called Starting Out – Lesbian and Gay Recruitment Guide
  • VERCIDA - VERCIDA stands for Values, Equality, Respect, Culture, Inclusion, Diversity, Accessibility. It is the UK's largest diversity careers site, currently working with over 100 organisations, both public and private, helping them to implement strategies to promote diversity and inclusion.

Transgender-specific resources

  • The Equalities Office - This unit produces a lot of up-to-date, valid information on Sex Discrimination. It has a specific guide on the Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations of 1999, which includes information on the process of gender reassignment and the legal position of the UK. It also has information on the application of the regulations, and on how discrimination is defined. 
  • The Gender Trust - The Gender Trust is a charitable organisation that aims to help both the public in their understanding of issues concerning gender, and to help those undergoing gender reassignment with advice and information. The site talks about who to disclose the information to, and in what format, as well as survival and stress management.
  • LGBT+ at Salford - The University of Salford has an LGBT Society that offers friendship and support to anyone who identifies as LGBT+.
  • Mind - a general mental health website, but provides a lot of information on LGBT+ issues. They produced a web page that holds a lot of information including a big section on jargon and definitions.
  • Press for Change -  a political lobbying and educational organisation, which campaigns to achieve equal civil rights and liberties through legislation and social change. The website is packed with information on every aspect of gender dysphoria and other transgender issues, as well as helpful links on applying to the Gender Recognition Panel.
  • Stonewall - Stonewall is probably the most famous institution for LGBT+ people in the UK. It is constantly producing new and up to date information on legislation and what can be done in the workplace. 
  • TargetJobs Equality & Diversity - provides information on employment law on this area.  Also provides information and advice for researching & finding trans-positive employers.
  • VERCIDA - VERCIDA stands for Values, Equality, Respect, Culture, Inclusion, Diversity, Accessibility. It is the UK's largest diversity careers site, currently working with over 100 organisations, both public and private, helping them to implement strategies to promote diversity and inclusion.

Mature students and graduates

The age profile of students currently studying here is broad (from teenagers to pensioners) and students come from an enormous variety of backgrounds and widely differing life experiences. Mature students are generally defined as students above the age of 21.

However, there can be a number of age-related issues commonly faced by graduates when considering career choices and investigating the job market - though companies who have shown ‘ageist’ attitudes have had to rethink their recruitment and employment strategies.

Useful websites

These websites will give you further information, advice and key pointers for further action.

  • TargetJobs - Equality and Diversity Specialists from AGCAS give information and advice on the issues surrounding equality in the workplace and your rights. You'll find out how to identify diversity-positive employers as well as how to decide whether to disclose your circumstances.
  • 40 plus - 40 Plus is a recruitment site that specialises in applications from the over 40s but welcomes those from applicants of any age. Applicants are asked to send in a CV, at which point someone from the agency will contact you and discuss what sort of job you are looking for, and help you search.
  • ANTSHE - ANTSHE is the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education. They aim to: offer advocacy for the adult learning community; offer networking with other non-traditional student and professionals in the field of higher education; offers scholarship opportunities; and offer the opportunity to participate in regional and national conferences.
  • Employer's Forum on Age - The EFA is an independent network of leading employers who recognise the value of an age diverse workforce. In addition to supporting employers, the EFA tries to influence the government, businesses and trade unions, and it campaigns for change in issues such as flexible retirement and age discrimination legislation.
  • VERCIDA - VERCIDA stands for Values, Equality, Respect, Culture, Inclusion, Diversity, Accessibility. It is the UK's largest diversity careers site, currently working with over 100 organisations, both public and private, helping them to implement strategies to promote diversity and inclusion.
  • Shaw Trust - Shaw Trust is a charity helping to transform the lives of young people and adults across the UK and internationall. Shaw Trust is one of the largest third sector providers of public services in the UK. Each year we work with 50,000 people to help them achieve their employment, health and learning ambitions, as well as working with local partners to help local communities flourish.

Useful articles

  • Age and the Workplace - This useful downloadable booklet is useful for information on what to do if you are an individual who has suffered discrimination or harassment. It also includes useful resources such as flowcharts on age monitoring, fair retirement, requesting to work beyond retirement and an age healthcheck.
  • Mature Students - UCAS - Useful for information on applying to university courses as a mature student, it contains information on life as a student, money, gaining your place, sourses of information and advice, useful other publications and some interesting case studies.    

Religion and belief

  • TargetJobs - Equality and Diversity Specialists from AGCAS give information and advice on the issues surrounding equality in the workplace and your rights. You'll find out how to identify diversity positive employers as well as how to decide whether to disclose your circumstances.
  • VERCIDA - VERCIDA stands for Values, Equality, Respect, Culture, Inclusion, Diversity, Accessibility. It is the UK's largest diversity careers site, currently working with over 100 organisations, both public and private, helping them to implement strategies to promote diversity and inclusion.
  • ACAS - Religion or belief in the workplace - This handout is useful for a summary of regulations and laws, religious observance in the workplace, what to do if you have suffered discrimination or harassment, and some information on genuine occupational requirements and guidance on commonly practised religions. 

Female students and graduates

  • TargetJobs - Equality and Diversity Specialists from AGCAS give information and advice on the issues surrounding equality in the workplace and your rights. You'll find out how to identify diversity positive employers.
  • Advancing Women - Advancing Women is a website based in America, which aims to help women advance through Employment. They have sections on career strategies, employment, self-employment and CVs. They also have a section containing a large number of case studies on successful business women.
  • Association of Women Solicitors - The AWS now has almost 11,000 members and 10 regional groups. It exists to: articulate and represent the views of women solicitors; promote women’s interests in the profession; campaign on issues important to women solicitors and to actively oppose discrimination against women solicitors.
  • British Federation of Women Graduates - The BFWG provides graduate women living in England, Scotland and Wales with information, support and friendship at local, regional, national and international levels. Conferences, meetings, networks and social events, at all levels, are open to all members. They are a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, without party political or religious bias, affiliated to the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) and University Women of Europe (UWE).
  • The Daphne Jackson Trust - The Daphne Jackson Trust offers fellowships as a means for women with a background in science, engineering and technology, to return to work after a career break.
  • European Women in Mathematics - EWM organization is an affiliation of women bound by a common interest in the position of women in mathematics. Their purposes are: to encourage women to take up and continue their studies in mathematics; to support women with or desiring careers in research in mathematics or mathematics related fields;
  • HighTech Women - HighTech Women is geared towards bringing together women in a congenial community to meet people involved in the technology industry. It is also an environment where experienced women reach out to those just coming up in high-tech and related fields and give them a helping hand. The object of HighTech Women is to mentor, encourage, teach, and share, facilitating the advancement of women in technology and technology related fields.
  • SET Women (Women in Science, Engineering and Technology) - The core objectives for the UKRC, of which SET is a subsidiary, are: to review and develop a recognition scheme for ‘good' SET employers; to share good employment practice for women in SET; to disseminate and share information; to set up and maintain a database of expert women in SET; to maintain and disseminate UK gender statistics; to raise the profile of women in SET; to pump prime innovation and disburse travel bursaries; to support SET women returners and to coordinate the work of women in SET organisations.
  • Soroptimist International (SIGBI) - Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation for women in management and the professions. The organisation aims to promote equality for women across the world, through voluntary work, programmes and campaigns worldwide.
  • Where Women Want to Work - WWW2W is a job vacancy website currently with over 6,600 jobs online from over 75 positive employers. Jobs are available in many sectors, the most popular being accounting, IT, retail and administration.
  • Women in Banking and Finance - Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF) is a non-profit making leading professional organisation committed to empowering its members in the banking and finance industry to realise their full potential.
  • Women in Film and Television - WFTV exists to protect and enhance the status, interests and diversity of women working at all levels in both film, television and digital media industries. WFTV: provides a forum for industry professionals; offers a network of contacts - both national and international; safeguards the interests of women working in film and TV and champions women's achievements in the industry.
  • Women in Scientific Careers - This report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee investigates factors behind the lack of gender diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and women's lack of progression in STEM careers, and looks at how to address these issues.
  • WiTEC - WiTEC has the following aims at European level: to increase the number of girls and women studying Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) subjects and to help them progress to related careers; to develop women's technical and entrepreneurial skills through training initiatives and projects; to create information exchanges and networking opportunities for women in SET.
  • Women’s Engineering Society - WES aims to promote the education, training and practice of engineering among women; increase public awareness of the contribution women can make to engineering; provide a forum for the exchange of opinions and experience respecting education, training and employment for women with interests in engineering.
  • Women Working Worldwide - Women Working Worldwide is a UK based organisation which works with an international network of women workers' organisations and women's projects within trade unions. The focus is on supporting the rights of women working in international production chains which supply the UK and other European countries with consumer goods such as food and clothing.

Students and graduates with a criminal record

  • TargetJobs - Equality and Diversity Specialists from AGCAS give information and advice on the issues surrounding equality in the workplace and your rights. You'll find out how to identify diversity positive employers as well as how to decide whether to disclose your circumstances.
  • APEX Trust - The Apex Trust offers several different services to both ex-offenders and employers. The services on offer include: information and advice on offender employment, training and education, one-on-one projects, assessments and guidance for ex-offenders and employability training.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service - The disclosure and barring service is the organisation that deals with the disclosure of criminal records. This is particularly important for students or graduates who wish to go into teaching. The site has a lot of information on the different types of disclosure – standard or enhanced – and practical examples of when such disclosures may be requested by different types of employers.
  • NACRO - NACRO are the biggest organisation in the UK that aims to help rehabilitate criminals. They produce several different handouts such as the “Sorting yourself out” guides which include “Applying for Work” and “Finding a Job”. They also have a NACRO Resettlement Service which is part of a helpline available to anyone who wants advice.
  • Unlocked - Is an independent charity that provides information and advice to people with convictions.

Asylum-seeking students and immigration for international students

  • ICAR - ICAR is the Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees in the UK. It is an independent information and research organisation based in the School of Social Sciences in London. They aim to increase public understanding of asylum seekers and issues and to teach the general public about laws, legislations and policies involving asylum.
  • Refugee Assessment and Guidance Unit (RAGU) - This organisation is based in London Metropolitan University. It is aimed at asylum seekers and refugees with a high level of professional qualifications. The organisation offers specialised guidance and support, and help with getting on to specialised training schemes and re-entry into work education. It also works nationwide and across Europe and trains advisers to deal with refugees and asylum seekers.
  • The Refugee Council - The Refugee Council is the biggest organisation in the UK that provides assistance and information to refugees and asylum seekers. It has offices across the UK. It does not provide legal advice or representation but does help with understanding laws and legislation surrounding seeking asylum in the UK. In each of its offices, it provides advice and information to asylum seekers who are staying in the resident area’s Induction Centre
  • UKCISA - UKCISA is the Council for International Education. They produce several sets of guidance notes and handouts on information such as studying in the UK, finance as a student in the UK and immigration. They also compile lists of useful weblinks for people who want to learn more.