Equality and diversity

Most employers embrace equality and the value a varied workforce can bring to the workplace. However, should you have any concerns, we're here to help. You may be seeking support with an application form, an interview or some advice about starting a new role; whatever your query, come in and see us or give us a call.

For general information about all equality and diversity issues, the Equality Act 2010 outlines the nine protected characteristics. TARGETjobs also have a comprehensive diversity matters section on their website, with specific pages on age, gender, race, people with a criminal record, and disability / mental health.

You may also be interested to look at the ACAS website, which outlines rights and responsibilities around equality and discrimination as well as other areas.


Age can be an issue for a variety of reasons. You might be a mature student or unsure how to tackle ageism at work but as age is a protected characteristic, it is unlawful for employers to discriminate, directly or indirectly.

Criminal Record

A criminal record can have an impact on the kinds of work available to you, and who you can work with. Disclosure depends on the organisation - some only consider it at the job offer stage.

Disability including dyslexia, dyspraxia and other learning difficulties

It is unlawful to treat someone differently because of a disability, actual or perceived. Many students will be managing their disability but often have questions about disclosure. We're here to help you with careers-related disability advice and the University Disability Services team can assist with all other issues.


There is still under-representation in some sectors, and pay gaps. The Equality Act also protects issues such as marriage, civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans (LGBT)+

Support for LGBT+ staff is increasing and employers are embracing equality agendas. Stonewall's Starting Out Careers Guide is a great place to start researching the right employer for you but don't forget about smaller organisations that might not be featured.

Mental Health

Balancing academic work and career planning can be challenging, and sometimes expectations can become overwhelming. There is plenty of help and support available through the University and the SU and we can help with issues such as disclosure and interview preparation.


Employer's attitudes have changed significantly in recent years and commitment to a diverse workforce has improved. There are sites such as Ethnic Jobsite designed to target the right candidates and address exclusion.


It is important to know your rights around religion and the workplace. It is against the law to discriminate against anyone based on their religious beliefs, whether directly or indirectly.

Social class and mobility

University of Bristol was one of the first institutions to develop a widening participation focus. Regardless of your background, we can help you develop skills and give you the opportunity to meet employers.