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Equality & Diversity

The University of Southampton is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all our students. The Careers and Employability Service has a number of programmes and services for students who may need extra support whilst studying with us. Please see links below for details of these and for further information about the Equality Act 2010.

Advance

Advance Programme

Advance your future prospects through engaging activities, interactive workshops and insight opportunities in the UK and abroad

My Generation

My Generation Career Coaching

Are you the first person in your family to go to university? Find out how to clarify your goals and improve your career planning skills through Career Coaching

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.

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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