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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of any of the below characteristics, called protected characteristics:

  • age
  • being or becoming a transsexual person
  • being married or in a civil partnership
  • being pregnant or on maternity leave
  • disability
  • race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • religion, belief or lack of religion/belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

For more information on particular topics, please have a look at these resources:

  • Great with Disability website
  • download information guide.
  • Access to Work
  • Stonewall website
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Adviceguard


From 1 October 2010, the Equality Act replaced most of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). However, the Disability Equality Duty in the DDA continues to apply.

Your disability is very individual to you and there are a wide range of disabilities, so these notes are very brief and a general introduction to the issues which may affect you when applying for jobs.

In July 2016 the government replaced the JobCentre Plus 'two ticks' scheme with their disability confident scheme, allowing employers to show in their advertisements and literature they are committed to attracting disabled applicants. If the organisation you want to target does not subscribe to the disability confident scheme you can, of course, still apply.

There are a number of organisations that are able to help you, for example check the Great with Disability website for information about disability and opportunities available for disabled students or download information guide.

When applying for jobs be positive about your disability and how you have overcome obstacles to achieve your goals so far.

If you want to discuss issues related to your job search, please contact KU Talent via the Student Hub through My Kingston.

Disclosing your disability

You might be concerned about disclosing your disability to a potential employer. Deciding to share your disability to a potential employer is a matter of personal choice, you are under no legal obligation to do so, and it's for you to choose if and when you share. There is no 'best' time to do this in the selection process, only you can decide what you want to do and what is best. One positive reason to tell people is so you can get the right support.

If you do share your disability you have a right to keep this information private. This kind of information is kept safe by the Data Protection Act. This is the law to do with keeping personal information private and confidential. It means that information about you cannot be passed to someone else without you agreeing it is OK. You can ask for information about you not to be passed on.

There are several times you could choose to share your health or disability to a potential employer. Deciding which is best for you will depend on your individual situation.

  • Covering letter
    Normally you will be asked to send a covering letter with a CV. This could be a good place to identify any adjustments you need to support your application or in the interview process.
  • Application form
    Some application forms ask direct questions about disability and this is a chance to provide details of reasonable adjustments you require for the application and interview process.

Read advice about health and disability from the government at Access to Work.


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Kingston University students can visit the My Kingston Staffspace document intranet site (KU login required) for more information.

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