If you feel that your gender affects your career plans or job search strategy, you can discuss your situation with one of our qualified Careers Advisers or Careers Consultants.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against in your search for work or feel that an employer has treated you unfairly on the basis of your gender, you can do the following:

  • Make an appointment with one of our advisers to discuss the situation in confidence
  • Seek support from the Student Union Advice Centre or visit your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
  • Contact the Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) helpline - The Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Contact ACAS - ACAS provides information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems. Speak to a trained ACAS adviser for clear guidance on an issue or dispute in the workplace - 0300 123 1100. Guidance is free and confidential.

Advice and opportunities for female students and graduates

A number of sectors and companies are making extra efforts to attract more female applicants. Check out these links to find out more:

  • The University of Huddersfield is one of a number of HE providers committed to promoting gender equality among its workforce. We have gained the Athena Swan award, a quality charter mark that recognises good employment practices. We also particpate in the Aurora programme which supports the progression and promotion of female leaders.
  • PWC run a three-day 'Women in Business' work experience scheme to increase the number of women entering senior roles.
  • TargetJobs features advice from female graduates on how to succeed in engineering.
  • Virtual internships offer a free online programme for women returning to the workplace after a break.
  • FFWG is a charity which has funding for women doing postgraduate study, typically to help towards the costs of the final year of PhD study.

Further Support and Resources

Equality Act and your rights

What are my protected rights under gender in the Equality Act?

Where Women Work

Find graduate jobs with female-friendly companies.

STEM Women

Find events online and around the UK and beyond that give the inside track on graduate opportunities in the STEM sector.

Staff Networks

Staff networks, including the LGBTQI+ Staff Network and Women's Staff Network are set up for University staff as well as students who are also staff.