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Equality and employment

Careers and Employability at the University of Salford is committed to the ideals and practice of Equality and Diversity in all aspects of its 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; the following pages are aimed at specific groups to help locate groups/organisations offering support in the field of employment and equality and diversity.

  • 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.
  • Smaart Talent - This career magazine aimed at black and minority ethnic students is useful for information on careers in different sectors as well as advice on different universities, courses and further study.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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A Flexible Guidance Service

Careers and Employability aims 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 SKYPE

View Get That Job: three short films which help to support the disabled student & graduate into employment. Each film looks at a particular part of the journey from identifying positive about disabled employers, applicatons, disclosure and adjustments needed in the workplace

Useful Links to Other Services

The following collection of websites and local and national contacts have been collected together by Careers and Employability. These websites will give you further information, advice and key pointers for further action.

University Resources

  • Disability and 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
  • Access guide to Library Facilities - a guide for each library site at the University of Salford.
  • 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.or.uk.

Other Resources in Local Area

  • Library Services for Visually Impaired People (VIP) - Manchester Public Libraries have two VIP Units that specialise in delivering services to blind and partially sighted people. The VIP Units run The Visions for the Future project that provides careers guidance, basic IT training, and helps visually impaired job-seekers find employment.
  • Breakthrough UK - Breakthrough UK offer employment support services to disabled people in the Manchester and Liverpool areas.

See also:

Disability: Job Hunting and Disclosure

Disability: Work Experience

Information on Postgraduate Study for Disabled Students and Graduates

  • 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
  • ROSE NHS - This NHS led website is aimed at helping refugees and asylum seekers that are qualified health professionals return to work in the UK. It includes lots of information on finding a job.
  • 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.
  • Bar Lesbian and Gay Group - Membership and support organisation aiming to provide a support network for lesbians and gay men at the Bar. Members include students, pupils, squatters and tenants from all over the country including those in independent practice and at the employed bar.
  • Corporate Equality Index - A useful downloadable document that charts the top 100 employers for gay people 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 work for equality and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Europe. 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.org - Mind.org is a general mental health website, but provides a lot of information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on issues they may face. They produced a web page that holds a lot of information including a big section on jargon and definitions. It also discusses the media, religion, education, the legal system and the age of consent, before moving on to rights for same-sex couples, young people, older people and black and minority ethnic communities, who may feel under even more strain due to “double oppression”.
  • Regard - Regard is the National Organisation of Disabled Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals and Transgender People. REGARD was founded in 1989 to address the absence of information and lack of understanding about the reality of disabled lesbians and gay men working within the disability movement.
  • 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.

The age profile of students currently studying at the University of Salford is broad - from teenagers to pensioners, with students coming from an enormous variety of backgrounds and widely differing life experiences.

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, in light of new legislation that came into effect on 1 October 2006.

Mature students are generally defined as students above the age of 21.

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.

Useful Websites

The following collection of websites have been collected together by Careers and Employability. These websites will give you further information, advice and key pointers for further action.

  • 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.    

Useful Articles

  • Fuller Working Lives: A Framework for Action- Published June 2014 this new action plan is to help olders workers stay in the workplace.    
  • 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.    
  • New ageism laws may spark minimum wage challenge - This article, written the day before the age legislation of 2006 came into force, is useful for information on whether the minimum wage should be levelled for the over 18s in comparison to the over 21s.    
  • Darling defends age discrimination laws - This article, originally published in the Guardian on September 29th, 2006, discusses the effect the new age discrimination laws have on employers.    
  • Discriminating Progress - This article, originally published in the Guardian on October 2nd 2006, is useful for information on the age legislation that came into effect on October 1st 2006.    
  • Future Imperfect - This article, originally published by the Guardian on October 25th 2006, is useful for information on how the government is handling the increase in the percentage of people over the age of 50 in British society.    

Further Help

If you feel you need to speak to a Careers Advisers on a one-to-one basis about your career plans, book a 30-minute confidential appointment. Appointments are available for current students/graduates of the University of Salford.


The University of Salford prides itself on its diverse range of students, with students coming from a wide range of backgrounds. Every year, the University of Salford welcomes students from different religious backgrounds, following a range of different belief systems.

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.

  • 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. There is also a detailed section on exceptions for posts with a Single Sex Genuine Occupational Qualification.
  • 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. They have a large introductory article to transsexuality available on the website, and discuss the UK’s legal position, and their is also information on surviving the “transition at work”. The site talks about who to disclose the information to, and in what format, as well as survival and stress management.
  • LBBTQI at Salford - The University of Salford has two LGBT Societies, one for students and one for staff. Their contact details can be found at the end of the contacts list.
  • Mind - a general mental health website, but provides a lot of information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on issues they may face. 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 for all transgender people in the United Kingdom, 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 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”.
  • TargetJobs Equality & Diversity - provides information on disclosing transexual and transgender status in the work place and 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.
  • 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.
  • International Training Centre for Women - The International Training Centre for Women (ITW) is an independent, non-governmental organisation run by and for women. It was founded in 1990 to address the needs of women worldwide in the area of management and entrepreneurship training, skill development, consultancy and research.
  • 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 Publishing - Women in Publishing works to promote the status of women working in publishing and related trades by helping them to develop their careers.
  • 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.

The University has a number of services which support our commitment to equality and diversity generally.

For current students, the Disability Service at the University of Salford offers information and advice to students on equality issues including assessment of support needs (including technology assessments) and information on facilities and services available at the University of Salford  and in the community, for example, transcription into Braille, taping/reader service. 

We also have projects providing advice and support to care leavers and students with families. There are also equality networks at the University for staff and students to get involved in. 

There are some general sources of information which address equality issues:

Equality and Human Rights Commission - This organisation is the amalgamation of the Commission for Racial Equality, Disability Rights Commission and Equal Opportunities Commission. 

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.

The Equality Trust: Focuses on economic equality and actions to reduce it to improve the life of people.

DirectGov - This government website homepage has useful information on what discrimination is, the different kinds of discrimination in the workplace, positive action, and what to do if you  feel you are being discriminated against. It also has specific advice pages for job seekers including advice and support for disabled people, interns and ex-offenders. There is also information on the enterprise allowance for people  ( in receipt of benefits) who would like to start their own business as well as work scheme initiatives.

Citizens Advice Bureau - The Citizens Advice Bureau offers free information and advice on legal and other matters. They have two websites, you can use the citizens advice website to find details of how to get  advice from your local CAB, and you can use the advice guide website to access online information.

ACAS - ACAS are an organisation that produce handouts and booklets about several aspects of discrimination. The handout provides information on regulations and recruitment, and then a further section on what to do if you have suffered either  discrimination or harassment.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills - This government department is useful for information on setting up a new business, as well as for information on discrimination in employment, with links to legislation and information on discrimination in smaller businesses,  as well as external links to other helpful websites.

TUC - TUC is the Trade Union Congress. They have produced a “briefing” which is a guide for trade unions on monitoring their LGBT workers. The factsheet has information on the principles of  monitoring LGBT employees, and information on producing both an equality action plan, and a monitoring plan.

UNISON - UNISON is the public service union which produces numerous resources and guidelines around discrimination in the workplace.

Legal Aid Agency - They provide civil and criminal legal aid and advice in England and Wales. They also fund Civil Legal Advice for people (subject to legal aid eligibility) who are facing problems including discrimination.

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. 

The University of Salford prides itself on its diverse range of students, with students coming from a wide range of backgrounds. There can be numerous issues and barriers that can affect the career choices of some of our student groups when investigating the job market. If you would like further advice and guidance on the support available to you, please book a careers appointment