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Diversity and Equality

Diversity and Equality in the Workplace

The law requires that employers treat applicants and employees equally, regardless of disability, gender, age, race, religion or sexual orientation.

An increasing number of employers are going beyond the requirements of the law and are actively promoting diversity in the workplace.

Unfortunately, discrimination does still exist so you need to know your rights and what you should do if you feel you have been discriminated against in the workplace. 

For help and advice, contact theCareers Service. Read our accessibility statement.

We also provide advice on asking for reasonable adjustments as well as further disability and employment related resources.

If you are looking for support with equality, diversity or accessibility issues within Newcastle University, visit Student Wellbeing or contact Newcastle University Students' Union.

Sources of information and advice

These websites provide inspiration, information and advice about ensuring equal rights when job seeking and in employment:

  • TARGETjobs - equality and diversity information
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission - includes a helpline for information and guidance on discrimination and human rights issues
  • Access to Work - government scheme to promote equality by giving advice and support with extra costs for disabled employees 
  • Equality Act 2010 - legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society
  • Starting Out - Stonewall's LGBT Careers Guide 
  • The Queer Student Awards - Coming out at work - video
  • Modern Muse - aims to empower women to make informed career decisions and highlights companies with a commitment to gender diversity
  • Equality Check - a platform where employees can leave anonymous public reviews about equal opportunity, workplace culture, work/life balance, the management's commitment to diversity and more. 

Get Ready to Graduate: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Webinar

This webinar took place in May 2021 and was part of our Get Ready to Graduate Pathway, aimed at final year students and graduates. 

Representatives from Evenbreak, Avanade, Enterprise Rent-a-car, and Durham Constabulary took part in our webinar to discuss diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Watch the recording [52:10] to find out:

  • why a diverse and inclusive workplace is so vital for their business
  • what their organisations are doing to ensure they attract a diverse workforce
  • how students can be made to feel welcomed and supported at their company

To view the presentation with subtitles, click the subtitle/closed caption button in the player.