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Application Form Guidance

Thank you for your interest in University College Birmingham (UCB). These guidance notes have been written to ensure that you are able to complete the application form successfully and to make you aware of some important points relating to our recruitment and selection process.

These guidance notes include sections on: 

  • Completing the Application Form

  • Disclosure and Barring Service Check

  • Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

  • Information for Disabled Applicants

  • Employment History

  • Education

  • Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Requirements of the Person Specification

  • References

  • Data Protection Policy

  • Declaration

  • Equality and Diversity

  • Sending the Application Form

  • Shortlisting System

  • The Selection Process

Please read these guidance notes before completing your application form.

Completing the application form

The application form is a standard form to be completed by all applicants for jobs at UCB. It is the first stage of the recruitment and selection process and will be used to assess the suitability of candidates against the Person Specification and decide whether to shortlist for the interview stage. The application form is the only basis for considering your initial suitability for the job. It is therefore important that you complete the form as fully as possible. Please do not send in a CV as a substitute for any part of the form. 

Remember:

  • To complete all parts of the application form. If a particular section does not apply to you, please write N/A in the space provided. 

  • To ensure that the information you provide is clear, accurate and appropriate to the job you are applying for.

  • If you do not include information which could be relevant to your application, we cannot make assumptions about you.

  • To check with the individuals you appoint as referees that they are happy to support your application and that they consent to you providing their contact details.

  • To return your application by midday on the published closing date. Applications received after the closing date will not normally be considered.

Personal Details

Please provide full contact information so that we are able to contact you regarding your progress within the selection process.

Please refer to the University’s Privacy Notice on Employment Applications for further information about how your personal data is held and processed.

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks

This is not intended to be a comprehensive guide and should be read in conjunction with the guidance issued by the DBS.  

In order to directly use the Disclosure service, UCB has become a ‘registered body’. This allows us to nominate Countersignatories and a Lead Countersignatory to authorise Disclosure applications. UCB Countersignatories are drawn from the Personnel Unit.

As part of UCB’s registered body status, we are committed to abiding by the DBS Code of Practice, produced to assist bodies dealing with Disclosures. The requirements of the Code include that a body should have written statements on the recruitment of ex-offenders and on the correct handling and safekeeping of Disclosure information. It is also a requirement of the DBS Code of Practice that all registered bodies must treat applicants who have a criminal record fairly and do not discriminate because of a conviction or other information revealed. The DBS Code of Practice can be found on their website.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

The protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults is a matter of great concern to UCB in both its capacity as an employer and a provider of high quality, safe services. The best way to guard against harm to children, young people and vulnerable adults is by careful selection and vetting procedures for staff. Part of the selection process will be to check for past criminal records so that we are aware of any criminal history and associated risk.  The application form enables applicants to disclose any relevant information at an early stage in the selection process.

At interview, or in a separate discussion, we ensure that an open and measured discussion takes place on the subject of any offences or other matter that might be relevant to the position. Failure to reveal information that is directly relevant to the position sought could lead to withdrawal of an offer of employment. We undertake to discuss any matter revealed in a Disclosure with the person seeking the position before withdrawing a conditional offer of employment.

We make every subject of a DBS Disclosure aware of the existence of the DBS Code of Practice and make a copy available on request. Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar an individual from working at UCB. This will depend on the nature of the position applied for and the circumstances and background of the offence.

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (exceptions) Order 1975

Since 29 May 2013, certain old and minor convictions and cautions, reprimands and warnings have been filtered from DBS certificates.

The filtering rules (which will remove certain old and minor convictions and cautions, reprimands and warnings from a DBS certificate) were developed by the Home Office and Ministry of Justice and introduced with new legislation.

The amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are 'protected' and are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of cautions and convictions can be found at the Disclosure and Barring Service website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service

If you do have any convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings, before submitting the application form, you must check the filtering rules to determine if you should declare them or if they are now 'protected' and no longer require disclosure.

Failure to disclose any previous convictions, cautions, warnings, reprimands or bind-overs that are not protected could result in dismissal should it be subsequently discovered. Any information given, either when returning this application form or at interview will be entirely confidential and only considered in relation to this application.

If you do have any criminal convictions, cautions, warnings, reprimands or bind-overs that are not protected, or are barred or disqualified from working with children, or subject to an interim prohibition order by the Teaching Agency, please include the information with your application.

Information for Disabled Applicants

UCB is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities are treated fairly and well, are supported at work and enabled to carry out their role effectively.

You are encouraged to identify any particular arrangements we can make to assist you at interview on the application form. This information is requested in accordance with S.60 (6) of the Equality Act 2010.

For further information please contact the Personnel Unit on 0121 604 1000 ext. 2236/2328/2350.

Employment History

Starting with the most recent employer, list all the employers you have worked for previously including the job title and the period you worked for them. The reason for leaving must also be included.

In order for the University to comply with Safeguarding best practice, we require a comprehensive account of an individual’s employment history. Please therefore provide full details, including any posts which you may not feel are relevant to the position applied for.

Education

Please complete this section as fully as possible, giving details of qualifications obtained with dates of award.

In order to support your application, you will be asked to provide original documents verifying the qualifications you have declared as part of the selection process.

Inaccurate information regarding qualifications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and may result in the University ceasing to progress your application further.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Please provide full details including membership type and registration number for professional body membership.

Requirements of the Person Specification

This is your opportunity to demonstrate your suitability for the post. Remember that the panel will be using the information in your application to decide on the shortlist for interview. You should use the sections headed Experience, Skills and Abilities, Education and Qualifications, Training and Continuous Professional Development and Other Attributes to fully explain how you meet the criteria outlined in the Person Specification.

References

Your nominated referees must be able to provide sufficient information to assist the panel in confirming your suitability for the post. Both of your referees should be your current or most recent employer(s). Where this is not possible, you may list someone else who is qualified to comment on your performance at work or in full-time education (in the case of recent graduates) or from a voluntary/community organisation with which you were involved. Referees should not be friends or family.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the individuals you nominate as referees consent to you providing their contact details.

In line with the General Data Protection Regulations, your consent will be sought prior to requesting reference information.

Data Protection

Please refer to the University’s Data Protection Policy and Privacy Notice on Employment Applications.

Declaration

If submitting an application form online, you will be required to indicate your consent to the University holding and processing your data in line with the relevant Privacy Notice prior to submission.

If an applicant wishes to submit an application form off-line (e.g. via email or hand written) you will still need to indicate your consent by providing a signature and date in the designated fields. Any applications received which have not been signed must be rejected, and therefore disqualified from consideration.

Where possible, a member of the Personnel team will notify the applicant in cases where an application has not been signed, requesting that a signed version is resubmitted.

Equality and Diversity

UCB strives to actively celebrate diversity and promote equality of opportunity for all who learn and work here: to create a culture where inclusion, equality and diversity are embraced; where employment and educational opportunities are open to all; and where everyone involved with UCB is treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

We serve a diverse community and seek to develop a workforce that is representative of the community. No applicant will be treated less favourably than others on the grounds of age, gender, disability, family or marital/civil partnership status, race, nationality, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious or other beliefs, or for any reason which cannot be shown to be justified.

We appoint on the basis of the best candidate for the job. Our policy is to ensure that the recruitment and selection process is as fair and objective as possible. Applications are considered purely on the basis of merit and any information you provide pertaining to your personal characteristics is removed prior to shortlisting. All candidates are assessed against the same criteria and asked the same set of questions when interviewed at first stage. You will not be asked questions about your domestic or personal circumstances which have no relevance to your ability to carry out the job. 

Sending the Application Form

Completed application forms must be submitted by midday on the published closing date, unless stated otherwise. Applications received after this time will not normally be accepted.

You can submit your application:

Online (via the website): jobs.ucb.ac.uk


Email: recruitment@ucb.ac.uk

Post:

Personnel Unit

University College Birmingham

Summer Row

Birmingham

B3 1JB

Only application forms submitted electronically will receive confirmation of receipt.

Shortlisting System

Your application form will be considered by a shortlisting panel who will review it against the Person Specification for the job. This is an important document and you should ensure that you address the requirements of it within your application form.

In particular you should address the following:

  • Experience

  • Skills and Abilities

  • Education and Qualifications

  • Training and Continuous Professional Development

  • Other Attributes

The panel will be looking for evidence that you meet the requirements of the Person Specification.  Where possible, use examples to demonstrate how you meet each criterion. If you do not have any directly-related work experience, you may consider relevant voluntary or community work. Remember, if you do not demonstrate to the panel that you meet the Person Specification criteria, you will not be shortlisted.

If you wish to apply for more than one job, you need to complete separate application forms for each specific job to make sure that each application addresses and reflects the Person Specification for the job. You are able to do this conveniently online by clicking the "Edit Your Application" link from the left hand menu.

The shortlisting panel will assess your application in line with each area of the Person Specification following the structure below:

Score:   

0 = Criteria not met
1 = Criteria mentioned but not clearly demonstrated
2 = Criteria met
3 = Criteria very well demonstrated

For example, if the criterion was ‘experience of working in a customer service environment’ the panel would score as follows:

0 = No experience OR not mentioned at all

1 = Experience is implied but not explicitly stated

2 = Experience stated and supported by evidence

3 = Experience stated and supported by evidence AND further supported by specific examples and relevant skills gained as a result

The Selection Process

The interview process will be conducted over two stages and the dates of interview will be made available at the earliest possible opportunity. It is not normally possible to rearrange interview dates as all interviews involve a selection panel who will have agreed the dates in advance.

In most cases, if you have not been contacted within one week of the first interview stage, please assume that your application has not been successful. Feedback to those applicants who are unsuccessful at the shortlisting stage will be given, if request.

If you are successful in being selected for interview we will contact you either by telephone or email to provide an outline of what will be involved in the interview process. In the majority of cases, the first stage selection process will involve an appropriate assessment, which candidates will be informed of in advance.

Selection for the post will be made by a panel of at least two (but more usually three) people, all of whom have been trained in recruitment and selection. The selection decision will be based on assessment against the Person Specification criteria; taking all elements of the selection process (interview/assessment) into account. Panel members will take notes during the interview and you will be given the opportunity to ask questions about the role and the conditions of service.

If you are unsuccessful you will be notified either in writing or by telephone. All candidates who come for an interview but are unsuccessful will also be offered some constructive feedback. This will be given by a member of the interview panel. Interview feedback will not normally be given in writing.

If you are offered a post, the offer will be conditional upon two references satisfactory to UCB, a satisfactory medical report (taking into consideration UCB's Equal Opportunities policy and duties under the Equality Act 2010), a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure, confirmation of your entitlement to work in the UK and satisfactory verification of relevant qualifications.  
 
For information on any matter not covered in these guidance notes, please contact the Personnel Unit on 0121 604 1000 ext. 2236/2328/2350.

 

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