Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Here at Aston University, we foster an inclusive ethos and are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.
The Careers and Placements team can offer you confidential advice about any aspect of your career search. There's also a range of support services throughout the university that you may benefit from using. Whether you want advice on finding inclusive employers, sharing personal information about your background in applications or understanding your rights, we are here to help.
We’ve also rounded up some information and advice, handy resources, sources of support and details of employers who are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce.
The Equality Act 2010 legally 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. The Act means that you should be assessed in exactly the same way as every other candidate, based on competencies for the job you are applying for. The Act also protects you from direct or indirect discrimination, harassment or victimisation.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission have put together this helpful video series that explains what classes as discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.
Many employers will proactively be looking to recruit a diverse workforce and create an inclusive environment. Here are some things to look out for to see if a particular company is inclusive:
You may be asked to complete an equal opportunities monitoring form when you apply for a role – these are usually in the last section of the application form. The information gathered from these forms will not affect the recruitment decision-making process. Instead, the purpose of these forms is to help the company track who applied for particular roles and see how diverse the pool of applicants was. This data can then be used to help the company make any necessary changes to the recruitment process to encourage a more diverse range of people to apply in the future.
If you’d like to chat with someone about your career search and anything related to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are here to help. Head to Aston Futures to book a 1-to-1 appointment with us.