Students from diverse backgrounds
Supporting Disabled students
Careers Network want to ensure that our disabled students feel supported during their time at university through their career decision making and whilst applying for opportunities. The page below has been put together to provide useful information and resources.
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 coaches and careers staff are trained to give impartial and non-judgemental tailored information, advice and guidance based on your individual needs.
If you require any reasonable adjustments, or would like to make our team aware of anything before your appointment, please add these to your booking notes.
The Equality Act (2010)
The Equality Act 2010 legally protects workers from direct discrimination within the workplace, for example being refused employment due to a disability. Other protected characteristics include age, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. The Act also encourages the use of ‘reasonable adjustments’ to enable the fair treatment of all employees within the workplace.
Student workplace wellbeing
The Student Workplace Wellbeing working group was created to address health and wellbeing issues faced by students as employees and serves to ensure that disability is not a barrier to employment. The group is a cross-departmental student services working group with colleagues from the Counselling and Disability Service and Careers Network working together to further the student workplace wellbeing agenda.
The group have worked together to provide some very useful information for students who are currently employees including:
- Positive work experiences
- support and healthcare away from university
- Employee rights
- Disability and mental health in the workplace
- Sharing informaiton about your disability with employers
- Support with your disability whilst on placements
- Information for employers
- The student workplace wellbeing group
To read about the topics above, please go to the student workplace wellbeing page.
Careers Network and Student Services Resources
- Securing Employment – if you have a disability, mental health difficulties and/or specific learning difficulties
- Sharing disability information with employers
- Sharing your mental health problem in the recruitment process
- Disclosing Dyslexia in the Recruitment Process
- Navigating the recruitment process with a disability
The Student Workplace Wellbeing Group has created a webpage to support our disabled students in their career journey. You can access the page here.
You may find Student Workplace Wellbeing - a Document for Discussion really useful if you wish to explore your disability in the context of a work environment.
Resources from External Organisations
Mind have created a webpage covering discrimination at work, as well as providing a legal advice service with information and advice surrounding your rights in the workplace. Visit their website to find out how to contact them and click on the link below for more information.
- Psychometric tests - A guide for disabled candidates
- Employability - support, advise and advocate on behalf of talented neurodiverse and disabled university students and graduates to remove barriers in employment.
- MyPLUS Consulting - provides progressive employers and students with disabilities with the confidence, insight and support they need to realise new possibilities.
- Gov.UK- Disability rights in employment.
- Graduate scheme hopefuls - an expert's experience supporting disabled applicants.
- ACAS - Information about discrimination in the workplace.
- Mind: Discrimination at work - Information about mental health discrimination at work.
- Equality and Human Rights Commission - Support and information for workers who may require reasonable adjustments.
- Access to Work - Get support in work if you have a disability or health condition.
- Scope: Employment service - Advice for disabled workers looking for employment.
- Remploy - Provider of specialist employment and skills support for disabled people and those with health conditions.
- The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) - The UK’s leading employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion issues in the workplace.
- The British Dyslexia Association - Further information about dyslexia.
- Blind in Business - Helping people who are blind or have partial sight into work.
- Action on Hearing Loss - Charity for people with hearing loss in the UK.
- Mind - Further information about mental health in the workplace.
- Time to Change - Support for employees and their mental health.
- National Autistic Society: At work - Help with skills needed for work.
- Aspierations - improve employment opportunities for candidates and employers with aspergers.