Equality and diversity

At The University of Manchester a commitment to equality and diversity is at the heart of everything we do.

We’re proud of our diverse student population and look to support you in your development and in your career decision making through a wide range of initiatives.

At Manchester we want to enable equal access to a wide range of graduate jobs for talented students regardless of their background – this is central to our values as a world class University.

We offer a number of schemes and projects to students that aim to enhance and develop employability and personal skills, whilst also raising awareness of the variety of different careers opportunities available. These include work experience programmes, bursaries and mentoring opportunities.

Your rights

The Equality Act 2010 protects jobseekers and employees from discrimination on the basis of certain characteristics such as age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

We provide advice and support on equality and diversity issues, including finding employers, disclosure and understanding your rights. Find information and advice, sources of support and employers committed to recruiting a diverse workforce on the following pages:

Finding positive employers

Many employers take a proactive approach to recruiting a diverse workforce and actively monitor applications to ensure a diverse workforce. There are a number of ways you can find out who these positive employers are.

  • Use the organisation's website to look at their equal opportunities policy and for any employee support networks that may exist.
  • Some employers run insight events or work experience schemes aimed at under-represented groups in the profession.
  • Relevant professional bodies may also run initiatives attempting to make access fairer across the sectors they represent.
  • Many employers use the the disability confident or positive about disability symbols to show their support for recruiting disabled staff. This initiative means that as a disabled applicant if you meet the criteria you are guaranteed an interview.
  • Employers may have their own Diversity Champions.

Equal opportunities monitoring forms

When you apply for a job, you may be asked to complete an equal opportunities monitoring form, which is separate to the rest of your application. This is not seen by those directly involved in the recruitment process and will not have an impact on the rest of your application. Information you provide will only be used once recruitment has finished, and only to see who has applied to certain jobs and how diverse the applicant pool was. Data can then be used to make appropriate changes to the recruitment process to try to ensure more applications from under represented groups are received in the future.