More employers are realising the benefits of having a diverse workforce. You can read more about the business case for diversity in the Diversity wins: How inclusion matters report by McKinsey. If you are looking to target employers who actively nurture and support this, you could research the following with prospective employers:

  • Do they have diversity information on their websites that go beyond ‘we are an equal opportunities employer’?
  • Have they set up Internal diversity networks for their employees?
  • Do they have a Diversity/Inclusivity Champion within their recruitment teams?

There are many policies and legislative measures in place to ensure that equality and diversity is duly considered by employers during the recruitment process, and in the workplace. See the below tabs for areas that we are frequently asked about in relation to employment.

E&D Tabs

Age

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  • Age UK - formed when Age Concern and Help The Aged merged
  • Help and support for older workers - a government website that provides guidance about employing older workers and working past 50
  • EFA (Employers Forum on Age) - the EFA is an independent network of leading employers who recognise the value of an age diverse workforce. In addition to supporting employers, the EFA influences Government, business and trade unions
  • TAEN - The Age and Employment Network is an independent not-for-profit organisation. Its goal is to help remove age barriers to employment

Disability

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The Careers Service offers detailed information and advice in relation to employment for neurodivergent and disabled students and those with long-term health conditions. Take a look at the Careers and disability webpage for information on: 

  • Inclusive Employers 
  • Talking about disability with employers 
  • Adjustments 
  • Autism 
  • Mental Health Conditions 
  • Useful links

Ethnicity

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  • Equality and Human Rights Commission - news and advice on equality issues, including race
  • Moving On [pdf] - a guide to employability for black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students and graduates
  • TargetEvents - often targeted at ethnic minorities, TargetEvents offer unique experiences for students interested in a wide and growing range of sectors, including consulting, engineering, fund management, investment banking, law, professional services, public sector, real estate, retail and technology
  • Windsor Fellowship - the Windsor Fellowship provides highly desirable internships with top companies in the UK for black and minority ethnic students

Gender

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  • Athena Forum - the project's aims are the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research to achieve a significant increase in the number of women recruited to top posts
  • Athena Swan
  • Daphne Jackson Trust - the Daphne Jackson Trust enables scientists, engineers and IT specialists to return to work after career breaks
  • Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships - The Royal Society invites, in particular, female candidates to apply for an opportunity that is designed to help successful candidates to progress to permanent academic positions in the UK
  • STEM Women - Since this initial assignment STEM Women has assisted over 100 graduate employers, helping companies attract female applicants to their graduate scheme, internship and placement opportunities
  • Women in Technology - information portal for women working in technology
  • Women's Engineering Society - the Women's Engineering Society is a professional, not for profit network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development
  • Women into Science, Engineering & Construction (WISE) - the WISE campaign collaborates with industry and education to encourage more UK females into STEM or construction related courses and careers

Sexual orientation

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  • See the brochures from the Imperial LGBT+ Careers Networking Event 2020 and the Imperial LGBT+ Careers Panel 2021 - both unique events that provide a fantastic opportunity for students who identify as LGBT+ to meet with LGBT+ professionals from a range of inclusive employers.
  • IQ - Imperial's student society for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ+) students.
  • LGBTQ+ Equality at Imperial - a selection of resources to help create a culture where LGBTQ+ people feel welcome, included, and fully able to be themselves. 
  • Circa-Club - this online social and business gay network for gay professional men is free to join and includes lists of gay businesses 
  • Diversity Matters - Sexual Orientation - information from TARGET Jobs. Find out more about your rights and disclosure.
  • Out In Tech - the world’s largest non-profit community of LGBTQ+ tech leaders. They create opportunities for their 40,000 members to advance their careers, grow their networks, and leverage tech for social change.
  • Stonewall - the latest information on sexuality discrimination issues in the workplace along with frequently asked question by employers and employees.

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