Equality and diversity

Equality and Diversity matters!

The University of Bristol Careers Service works to support students so that they have equal opportunities to access graduate opportunities regardless of their background. This includes opt-in targeted support for students from ‘widening participation’ backgrounds (groups where participation in Higher Education is traditionally low) so that they can build the knowledge, networks and professional skills they need to translate their degree into a successful graduate career.

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.


If you have a disability and require special arrangements to visit us or attend an appointment or event, please contact us at careers-service@bristol.ac.uk or on 0117 9288221 in advance of your visit.

Targeted Careers Support for ‘widening participation’ students

Our Equality and Diversity events page gives more information about targeted events. Look on mycareer for lots more events to help you in your career journey.

30-minute careers appointments are available if you would like personalised advice around any career-related equality and diversity issues. In particular, we recognise that students often benefit from advice around disability disclosure. For this reason, we also offer popular workshops on this topic.

Equality and Diversity in the workplace - including targeted opportunities

Our employer team work alongside a large number of employers who recognise that a diverse workforce is key to their success, since employees from different backgrounds bring unique knowledge, skills and experience to their businesses.

Employers have different approaches to increasing the diversity of their workforce – these include:

You can find employment, internships and work experience at such firms by selecting the ‘Equality and Diversity targeted opportunities’ drop down on the vacancies page on mycareer, including our SME Internship schemes.

The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act of 2010 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of their age, disability (including learning difficulties and long-term mental health conditions), gender, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or sexual orientation.

See the ACAS website for more information about your rights in the workplace, additional support available and considerations around disclosure. There is also advice on what to do in the application process if you have a criminal record.

TARGETjobs also have a comprehensive diversity matters section on their website, with specific pages on agegenderracepeople with a criminal record, and disability / mental health.