Workplace rights

This section is a useful introduction to everything to do with your rights in the UK workplace. Whether you are thinking of part-time work, placements, volunteering or a graduate position, use these links to find out if you are being treated fairly and within the boundaries of UK employment law:

  • Government website: Working, jobs and pensions – contains all the information you need to know about UK employment law, including student jobs, national minimum wage, hours, holiday entitlement and unfair dismissal
  • Employment rights for interns – this page includes information about work experience and volunteer placements
  • Intern Aware – the national campaign for fair, paid internships. They provide information and resources on best practice and the law on internships
  • All about careers – this website has some additional useful advice and clarity around work placements and entitlement to national minimum wage
  • Know your rights as a graduate – Inside Careers have prepared this very useful guide to understanding employment law once you have graduated

We work with employers to ensure that all vacancies advertised with the University of Westminster adhere to our Employers Code of Conduct. If you have a negative experience with an employer that has advertised with us, please let us know and we will investigate on your behalf.

See our pages for International students to find out about your rights to work in the UK if you are an overseas student.

When things go wrong it is often difficult to know where to turn and to find out what your rights are as a worker or an intern. ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) is an organisation that provides free and confidential advice on employment rights and issues:

Equality and diversity

We are a metropolitan university with a wide range of students of different ethnic origins and backgrounds.

The Career Development Centre recognises such diversity as an asset in our society and proudly promotes this to employers who seek to recruit University of Westminster graduates.

We also recognise, however, that some students and graduates still face potential barriers because of discrimination.

"A socially inclusive world of work helps to combat stereotypes in society as a whole, forcing a situation where prejudices can be defused and rendered obsolete helping to prevent and redress social fragmentation, racial and ethnic conflict and gender inequalities."
- International Labour Organisation

Specialists from AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) share their advice on key issues relating to equality and diversity in the workplace. You can also contact us for confidential advice and help.