Equality & Diversity

The University of Bedfordshire's Student Support team offer confidential advice and information on a range of issues.

If you are concerned that your circumstances will affect potential jobs, you are welcome to have a chat with one of our Employability Advisers to discuss this. Please login to careersonline.beds.ac.uk using your student ID (graduates will need to register first) then select Book / Appointments from the tool bar where you will be able to choose and book a guidance slot.

Appointments are being offered via Zoom whilst our offices are closed but alternative platforms may be available - please email careers@beds.ac.uk if you do not have access to Zoom or if you require special adaptions for the guidance session.

Further information for students and graduates can be found below.


The Associatin of Graduate Careers Advisory Services has provided in-depth and up-to-date information for HE students graduates over many years. Their Disability Task Group focuses on careers resources for disabled students and graduates on looking for work, disclosing disabilities in job applications, attending interviews and much more!

For more information see:

For job sites, see:


More people from a wider variety of backgrounds are now entering higher education making for a diverse graduate labour market.

Advice and information is available from the following organisations to help those students who feel they would benefit from specialised support to enter the graduate job market.

Positive about disabled people

  • AGCAS - supporting disabled applicants into graduate schemes
  • AllAboutLaw - break into a legal career; courses for under-represented communities
  • Civil Service - Early Diversity Internship Programme
  • Civil Service - Summer Diversity Internship Programme
  • DirectGov - employment support and government work schemes
  • Disability Jobsite - includes employer database, CV and interview advice
  • Diversity Jobsite - specialise in recruitment for BAME students/graduates
  • EmployAbility - support with the transition from education to employment
  • Ethnic Jobsite - jobsite bridging the gap between employers and ethnic minorities
  • Inclusive Companies National Diversity Network - inclusive jobs and advice for all backgrounds
  • Inclusive Graduates - work with undergraduates and professionals from under-represented groups
  • My Plus Students' Club - for students with disabilities or long-term health conditions
  • National Careers Service - career and job support for people with a disability
  • NACRO - support for young people who have been involved with crime
  • Rare - specialists in diversity graduate recruitment
  • Restless - age diverse employers across the UK
  • Stonewall - support for the LGBTQ+ community
  • TargetJobs - equality and diversity in graduate recruitment
  • Uprising - leadership, mentoring and employability programmes for young people from diverse backgrounds

Disabled Students' Allowance

If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty or long-term medical condition you may be eligible for funding from the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

Disabled Rights UK

Offer advice and support to disabled people who are studying or wish to study at any level on full-time or part-time education or training courses if

  • the course is in England and
  • they are over 16

The student helpline is sponsored by the Snowdon Trust.

Disability Rights UK - Disabled Students Helpline

Scholarships, Grants & Bursaries

If you have a disability, learn about additional funding you’re eligible for, to top up what you get through student finance or a Disabled Students’ Allowance:

UCAS - Scholarships, Grants and Bursaries: Disabled Students

SCOPE

Student loans can help with course fees and living costs while you study. You can apply for funding to cover extra costs if you are disabled. This includes Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) and bursaries from universities or charitable trusts. Unlike student loans, you do not have to pay these back.

SCOPE - Funding for Disabled Students in Higher Education


address

Careers & Employability Service
University of Bedfordshire
University Square
Luton
Bedfordshire
UK, LU1 3JU

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