Careers Service

Diversity and equality

The Careers Service is positive about diversity. This section highlights organisations and resources that will help students from diverse backgrounds to achieve a fulfilling future.

The Equality Act 2010

This law bans unfair treatment and helps achieve equal opportunities in the workplace and in wider society. The act replaced previous anti-discrimination laws (including the Disability Discrimination Act, the DDA) with a single act to make the law simpler and to remove inconsistencies. The act covers nine protected characteristics which are: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

To find out more about the Equality Act, visit the Home Office website

Equality Act 2010 - Home Office

Diversity Matters  - specialist advice from AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) on key diversity issues including gender, race and disability. Find out how to identify diversity-positive employers, decide how and whether to disclose your circumstances, and get an understanding of your rights.

Diversity Matters




Everyone has a unique set of career aspirations and concerns and it would be wrong to band students together, either by degree discipline or age. There are, however, certain issues which often concern mature students and strategies which they can adopt.


Every student approaches career planning differently. For many disabled students, their disability will have no bearing on their career plans - for others, early planning could be useful.


Recent statistics show that ethnic minorities are well represented in areas of work such as medicine and science. However in some areas minorities remain under represented. A number of organisations aim to help redress the balance.


Over the last three decades there have been many developments in gender equality in the workplace. On this page we provide resources to help you with any concerns about gender discrimination.

Sexual orientation

Legal protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation applies to everyone, whatever their sexual orientation.