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Equality & Diversity

Within the UK, the Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination both in the workplace and in wider society. The Act replaced several previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act, making the law easier to understand, and strengthening protection in certain situations. The Act also sets out the different ways in which it’s unlawful to treat someone.

The Act defines what are known as "protected characteristics". It is against the law to discriminate against anyone covered by any of these characteristics, which are age, disability, gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex and sexual orientation.  It is also illegal to discriminate against anyone because of their association with anyone that falls under the protected characteristics, or because it is assumed they have a protected characteristic even if they don't.

To find out more about who is protected from discrimination, the types of discrimination under the law, and what action you can take if you feel you’ve been unfairly discriminated against please visit the UK Government Equality Act 2010 guidance pages.

Careers and Enabling offer additional support to students who may face specific obstacles in entering the work force. We provide more detailed information and advice in relation to employment for students who identify as disabled, having a specific learning difficulty or long term health condition which can be found on our Disability and Dyslexia webpage.

Topics covered include:

  • Definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010
  • Disclosure Information
  • Positive Marketing
  • Web and video resources

Careers and Enabling offer workshops to help you understand the legislation and provide support in making applications and transitioning to employment, supplemented by one to one appointments.

  • For information on Careers appointments please click here.
  • For information about the Enabling drop-in click here.



Below are some additional resources for students from ethnic minority backgrounds.


Below are some additional resources for students identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender.

Below are some additional resources for mature students.

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