Equal Opportunities

The Careers, Placements and Opportunities team is fully committed to promoting equality for all students in accordance with York St John's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy Statement. Statistics from a national survey show that York St John leavers have good employment outcomes.

We have an equal opportunities policy in relation to advertising employer vacancies to help to ensure that our students are treated equally and fairly. If you believe that you have been treated unfairly by an employer you are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your concerns with a member of the Careers, Placements and Opportunities team. 


General information and advice

acas provides information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems.

Equality and Human Rights Commission campaigns and provides advice and information in respect of issues relating to equal opportunities.

Citizens Advice provides a range of information and resources about your rights in employment.

Target Jobs - a guide to equal opportunities and diversity.

Guardian Careers Diversity hub - help with issues facing jobseekers.

Equality UK - promotes equality and diversity within the work place; contains useful resources and employment vacancies. 



(including learning difficulties, long-term health conditions, and mental ill-health)


Disclosing a Disability

We appreciate that the decision to disclose a disability to an employer can be a source of anxiety and one that you may feel will affect your success in the job market. If you would like to discuss disclosure please contact careers@yorksj.ac.uk for an appointment. Other sources of information on this topic can be found below:

Diversity Matters pages of the TARGETjobs website.

City disabilities have information on exploring disclosure in this article, published May 2015.

EmployAbility is also able to offer free advice for students on sharing a disability with an employer.

The York St John Learning Support Team is here to provide disabled students with resources, help and advice. They have drop-in sessions or you can make an appointment.

The Disabled Students' Allowance funds the cost of some additional aids and services to help disabled students have the same educational opportunities as their non-disabled peers. To find out more, please contact the Learning Support Team.

Access to Work helps pay for practical support if you are a disabled person, to help you start working, stay in work, move into self-employment or start a business. Click here to see Disability Rights UK Factsheet: Access to Work.

greatwithdisability.com – a useful resource for tips and case studies.

AGCAS Diversity Matters - Disability and Mental Health is careers and employment information targeted primarily at graduate jobseekers.

EmployAbility supports disabled students and graduates, including people with dyslexia or long term health conditions, into employment. Their website promotes scholarships and vacancies offered by employers.

Disability Rights UK offers information and resources about higher education, graduate employment and employment in general.

Shaw Trust supports disabled and disadvantaged people towards employment through either Work Choice or the Work Programme.

Scope - for information about disability.


Disability – specific organisations

Some disability and mental health organisations offer information and support on employment.

National Autistic Society

Dyslexia Foundation

RNIB (visual impairment)

MS Society (multiple sclerosis)



Gov.uk Ex-offenders and employment

NACRO's Resettlement Advice Service, a national, confidential helpline.

Unlock is an independent charity that provides information, advice and support for people with convictions. The website has self-help information on a wide range of issues that criminal convictions can affect.

disclosure.me.uk a conviction disclosure service for job seekers in the UK.



Non-UK or EU students are advised to ensure that their visa entitlement includes the right to work in the UK during their studies. Those who are allowed to work and want to find a temporary, part-time and/or holiday job in the York area can register their details and then search for vacancies on the Jobs and Opportunities pages of the Jobs and Careers website.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides comprehensive information on the rules and regulations governing working in the UK during and after your studies.

For general careers advice or help with how to improve your CV and develop employability skills while you are studying contact the Careers and Employability team to make an appointment.


Sexual orientation

Stonewall campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across Britain. The organisation's 'Starting Out' careers guide lists employers who are committed to promoting equality for LGBT job-seekers and employees. Visit Careers and Employability in QE007 to pick up a copy.