Information about equality and diversity and the Careers+ team
The Careers+ team is committed to empowering all students to achieve their full potential and to promoting equality of opportunity. Here you will find some useful resources around equality and employment. There are also links to specialist resources for specific communities of students and graduates that may face barriers in the job market.
One to One Support
The Careers+ service offers confidential advice and guidance by phone, online or in person. You can book an appointment or send us a query on this website.
All our Career Consultants are professionally qualified, and operate within the University Equal Opportunities Policy Statement. We operate a student-centred service, which means that the appointment will focus on what is important to you – your questions, priorities and needs. You will be treated with respect and receive a friendly, professional service. The information, advice and guidance provided will be impartial and up-to-date.
You can also find support through the BCU Enablement and Wellbeing team
- Counselling; a free one-to-one counselling service staffed by fully qualified counsellors for students experiencing emotional difficulties and distress.
- Mental Health and Wellbeing; practical support and advice for students with emerging or diagnosed mental health difficulties, support for any wellbeing issues, plus our advice and guidance service for young people leaving local authority care.
- Disability Support; practical support and advice for students with physical and sensory disabilities, specific learning difficulties (i.e. dyslexia), autism and long-term medical conditions. The team also offers advice about applying for Disabled Students' Allowances, runs a Personal Assistance Scheme and provides a dyslexia screening and diagnostic service.
- Faith and Spiritual support; our chaplains and faith advisers can help you find local places of worship, celebrate important religious events and also offer a friendly and supportive presence for students of all faiths or none.
Our Commitment to Equality and Diversity
The Careers+ Team is strongly committed to providing an excellent service to all its users. The team work to the ethics and professional standards set by AGCAS and the Career Development Institute. We endeavour to comply with and actively support The Equality Act 2010 which protects individuals from discrimination at every stage of the recruitment process. We do this through:
- Actively promoting opportunities which support equality and diversity.
- Challenging discrimination.
- Taking the needs of disabled students and graduates into account when developing our resource area, website, leaflets, hand-outs, group sessions and our services in general.
- Working with local and national partners including organisations who offer specialist support.
- Welcoming comments and suggestions about how we can make changes to build on the quality of service we provide and incorporating this feedback into service developments.
- All materials produced by the Career+ team can be made available in alternative formats on request.
- We ensure all our appointments, events and workshops are in accessible location for students and graduates with mobility difficulties.
- If you require reasonable adjustments to attend an appointment, event or workshop please contact us in advance, and we would be happy to discuss arrangements to meet your needs.
Information and Resources for Equality and Diversity
Equality and Human Rights Commission – Includes the Commission for Racial Equality, Disability Rights Commission and Equal Opportunities Commission. Offers advice, information and legal definitions.
Target Jobs advice on equality and diversity - Careers specialists provide their advice on key diversity issues including gender, race and disability. You can find out how to identify diversity positive employers, decide how and whether to disclose your circumstances, and get an understanding of your rights
DirectGov - advice from the Government on issues around discrimination. It also has specific advice pages for groups such as disabled people and carers.
Citizens Advice Bureau - offers free information and advice on legal and other matters.
ACAS - handouts and booklets including information on regulations and recruitment, discrimination and harassment.
Information and Resources for Disabled Students and those with Mental Health issues
Our leaflet ‘Moving On….Careers and Employment Support for Disabled Students’ provides advice on topics such as sourcing disability friendly employers, when and how to tell employers about a disability, and accessing support with workplace adjustments. Other useful organisations include:
EmployAbility - BCU is a partner of EmployAbility and all disabled students and graduates are able to use their enhanced services for free. EmployAbility provide free support, advice and guidance to students and graduates throughout the recruitment process and making the transition into work. Employability also run a wide range of internships and graduate recruitment programmes.
My Plus Student's Club - Advice, information and resources for disabled students and graduates looking for jobs
.Gov.uk – help and support for young disabled people to find and stay in work - Employment Portal covering range of topics relating to job search, employment and careers. Includes information about reasonable adjustments and Access to Work.
Mind - a mental health charity offering information and support on a range of topics and issues around equality including the media, religion, education and age.
Information and Resources for LGBT Students
Starting Out Guide - Tips and advice on job hunting and best practice once you’ve got the job, alongside insights into different employment sectors and details of the most LGBT-friendly employers in Britain
Proud Employers - jobs with LGBT inclusive employers. Browse by, location, salary and sector
Gay Business Association - the LGBT Professional Network. Offers news, advice, events and networking opportunities.
Information and Resources for Students facing Religion and Race issues
TargetJobs - this comprehensive section has a number of articles offering specific advice around religion, race and ethnicity. Includes information on how to find and identify positive employers and knowing your rights
Information and Resources for Students with a Criminal Record
APEX Trust - information and advice around employment opportunities, training and education. Includes advice on disclosure.
Criminal Records Bureau - Government information on criminal record checks, disclosure and complaints. Gives practical examples of when such disclosures may be requested by different types of employers.
NACRO - Offer lots of useful information around work including finding and applying for jobs and disclosure.