Equality and employment
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.
Breaking down barriers
The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination happening in the workplace and is based on characteristics such as age, gender, disability, race, religion and beliefs and sexual orientation.
You can access the Equality Act from the government website: Equality Act 2010: GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
For further information on the Equality Act and where to seek support, access these websites:
- TargetJobs - Equality and Diversity Specialists from AGCAS give information and advice on the issues surrounding equality in the workplace and your rights.
- Equality and Human Rights Commission - Great Britain's independent quality body that safeguard and enforce laws that protect people's rights. You can gain advice and guidance here if you feel any breaches of your rights need to be addressed.
There are many more specific resources that relate to your career and employability that promote equality and diversity:
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.
Other organisations with specific reference to communities of students and graduates that may face barriers in the job market are referenced in the Resources section below.
Race and Ethnic Minorities
- Creative Access - Provides advice and guidance and works with employers who support under represented groups to get into and thrive in the creative industries.
- Bright Network - Partners with employers to progress students in their careers with diversity critical to their mission.
- The ACS Project - Connects exceptional black students with employers, develops the leadership abilities of ACS presidents and allows communication and collaboration among ACS members.
- Black Enterprise - A website that aims to promote awareness of black and minority ethnic businesses.
- Institute of Race Relations - 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 - 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 - A unique organisation that runs personal development and training programmes targeting talented Black and Asian students in the UK.
Employers are becoming increasingly more positive about employing disabled graduates. This is because organisations recognise that employing disabled people within the workforce has many benefits, including:
- Offering more choice in recruitment
- Bringing different life experiences, expertise, and skills to the organisation
- Enabling employers to identify positive changes, which will benefit other staff as well as employees with disabilities and health conditions
The Careers and Enterprise team are committed to ensuring our resources, appointments and facilities are accessible:
- We can provide a range of 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 the building
- By prior arrangement we can arrange an extended one to one appointment
- We can arrange a one to one appointment at an alternative venue on campus to suit your needs
- We provide advice by e-mail, telephone or video appointment
- 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.
- University of Manchester DSA QAG Accredited Assessment Centre - 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.
- 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.
- Jobcentre Plus - This site has a guide to the ways the Jobcentre can help you to get into work. You will also find information on the Disability Symbol which employers who have made commitments regarding the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled people use.
- Skill - National Bureau for Students with Disability - They provide a free information and advice service by email or telephone, there is also lots of information relating to employment on their website.
- Employ-ability - advice and opportunities for disabled students and graduates.
- Remploy Ltd - Remploy creates economic independence for disabled people through work. Remploy finds jobs for disabled people in major organisations.
- Shaw Trust - Shaw Trust is a national charity that provides training and work opportunities for people who are disadvantaged in the labour market due to disability, ill health or other social circumstances.
- Scope Employment Service - Provides support for people with disabilities to gain employment.
- Association of Disabled People - ADP is a membership organisation for disabled people living in the UK. Its services include the provision of employment advice, information and/or peer support.
- The National Autistic Society - Support for employment pages gives information on looking for work, for students.
- My Plus Students' Club - Provides student and graduate specific support to navigate the recruitment process, gain advice about disclosure and specialist information surrounding disability confident employers.
- Exceptional Individuals - provide job support for neurodiverse people
- LGBTIQ+ Students - The University of Salford has an active student body and staff who support the LGBTQ+ Community.
- LGBT Recruitment - A leading job board to attract a broad range of candidates.
- GAY TIMES Group - Supports the careers of a diverse population through internships and placements.
- Corporate Equality Index - Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2019 Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ employees. It includes the top 100 Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality in Britain.
- Gay Business Association - 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 - 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.
- Regard - 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 LGBTQ+ people.
- Stonewall - A famous institution for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK. It is constantly producing new and up to date information on legislation.
- 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.
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.
- 40 plus - 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 - 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 - 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.
- 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, sources of information and advice, useful other publications and some interesting case studies.
Religion and beliefs
- ACAS - 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.
- British Federation of Women Graduates - Provides graduate women living in England, Scotland and Wales with information, support and friendship at local, regional, national and international levels.
- HighTech Women - Geared towards bringing together women in the technology industry. 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.
- Women in Banking and Finance - 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 - Exists to protect and enhance the status, interests and diversity of women working at all levels in both film, television and digital media industries.
- Women Working Worldwide - 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.
- Smart Works (Greater Manchester) - The charity supports unemployed females seeking work by providing individual help and guidance as well as access to an interview outfit.
- 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 - 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 - The biggest organisation in the UK that aims to help rehabilitate criminals. They also have a NACRO Resettlement Service which is part of a helpline available to anyone who wants advice.
- Unlocked - An independent charity that provides information and advice to people with convictions.
Asylum-seeking students and immigration for international students
- Sigrid Rausing Trust - 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) - 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.
- The Refugee Council - 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.
- The Council for International Education (UKCISA) - An informative resource for international students studying and working in the UK.
Speak to a careers adviser
Our Careers Advisers are on hand to help. Book an appointment on Advantage or by calling 0161 295 0023 (option 5).
Appointments are available for current students and graduates of the University of Salford only.