Careers Network

Students from diverse backgrounds

Careers Support for Black and Ethnic minority students

The University understands that students from Black, Asian and other minority groups can experience discrimination, are under-represented in the workplace and can have different influences and pressures impacting their career choices and decisions. The information below has been put together to provide some resources and information to support you.

Supporting Black and Ethnic minority students

Appointments and advice

Careers Network is committed to encouraging and empowering all students and graduates to reach their personal best in their personal and professional life. Our Careers Consultants and careers staff are trained to give impartial and non-judgemental tailored information, advice and guidance on your individual needs. You can book an appointment HERE.

At Careers Network we also have a dedicated member of staff named Hemisha Harji who is responsible for keeping the team’s knowledge up to date on legislation, opportunities and resources to support BAME students.

Every year, Careers Network works in partnership with the Ethnic Minorities Network and Afro Caribbean Society to bring events tailored to  support students from ethnic groups. Events include "Inspirational Black Leaders" guest speaker event and "Being an Ethnic Minority in the workplace" alumni discussion as panel part of Black History Month. Many diversity specific events are also arranged on campus by employers. Please go to Careers Online for more information.

The Equality Act – Know Your Rights

The Equality Act 2010 covers ‘Race’ in one of its nine protected characteristics against discrimination. Race covers colour, nationality (including your citizenship), ethnic or national origins, and ethnic and racial groups.

The Equality Act 2010 also says you must not be discriminated against because:

  • you are (or are not) of a particular religion
  • you hold (or do not hold) a particular philosophical belief
  • someone thinks you are of a particular religion or hold a particular belief (this is known as discrimination by perception)
  • you are connected to someone who has a religion or belief (this is known as discrimination by association)

The following organisations can provide you with information and advice on matters related to race and racial discrimination in employment:

Acas: (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. They have a guide to support anyone concerned about race, religion or belief discrimination.

Business in the Community: provide advice, news and information on employers regarding racial equality in the workplaces. They also have an index for the Best Employers for Race 2018.

Equality, Advisory Support Service: the Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales.

Target jobs: has some useful information for all diverse groups and includes information for BAME students too. They also host events for certain industries exclusively for BAME students.

The Diversity Group: Founded in 2006, The Diversity Group was set up, with the aim of eliminating barriers within employment, education & training for diverse groups throughout the UK. It provides advice and support as well as advertising jobs. Inclusive Top 50 (by The Diversity Group): a league table of the most inclusive employers in the UK that shines a light on best practice across all strands of diversity – age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, faith and religion.

If you feel there are cultural, religious or other reasons relating to your ethnicity that affect or influence career choices, or decisions about work experience, then please book an appointment to discuss these with an advisor in confidence. 

Employers and Positive Action

Increasing workforce diversity has been a current area of focus for employers as they have found a positive correlation between having a diverse workforce and business success (profit, productivity, customer experience etc.) Many employers are actively creating positive action opportunities to attract and recruit students and graduates from diverse social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. A list of organisations that are offering dedicated ‘positive action’ internships and support can be found below.

Bank of England African Caribbean Scholarship: money for degree sponsorship as well as work experience and insight days.

BLD foundation: A number of law related BAME internships and experience schemes for non law undergraduates.

Bright Network: a free to join innovative network connecting students to employers and opportunities.

Civil Service: The Civil Service run 2 diversity internships – the Early Diversity Internship Programme (1 week) and the Summer Diversity Internship programme (6-9 weeks in summer) for students from the following backgrounds: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), socially or economically disadvantaged or consider yourself to have a disability.

Creative Access: advertise jobs in the creative sector as well as insight days and internships. Also provide guidance and 1-2-1 advice to students who register with them.

Colour in tech: offers a fellowship programme to help BAME undergraduates and graduates connect with start-ups to get experience.

Google Top Black Talent Programme: have a dedicated programme for Black students to apply for. Deadline is normally October but there is no website; a google search will find it.

SEO London: provide information on organisations seeking to recruit more BAME candidates, vacancies, and bespoke programmes, networking and insight events. Link to apply is:

RARE: provides application support, and recruit for bespoke work experience placements.

Taylor Bennet Foundation: have a training programme, mentoring programme, work placement programme

Uncovering Prospects: an annual event for high potential students of black or Afro-Caribbean heritage, held in Central London in October 2019. Students will be graduating in 2020, 2021 or 2022 and will be interested in exploring internship opportunities in Professional Services and Banking & Finance in London.

Windsor Fellowship: advertises a number of BAME specific internships with top graduate employers as well as their own Leadership programme.