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Covid-19 update: In light of current circumstances, there may be some changes to our selection process as we adapt to new ways of working. For example, we may require interviews to take place remotely as opposed to on-site. There may also be changes to the composition of the selection panel. Our priority is to ensure the safety of all involved in the selection process, as well as providing a fair and engaging experience to all candidates.

The Recruitment Process

Before completing the application form, please read the guidance notes provided carefully.  We base our selection process purely on the Person Specification for the job. Therefore you must ensure that you provide sufficient evidence within your application to enable the panel to make decisions about your suitability for the role.

Once you have submitted your application form, it is held centrally with our Human Resources department.  The applications are then forwarded to the selection panel for shortlisting.  The panel is usually made up of the Dean or Director responsible for the relevant School or Department, and at least one other Manager/Supervisor who will have direct contact with the role, all of whom will have been trained in recruitment and selection.

The selection panel use a standard scoring system for shortlisting candidates:

3 points are awarded if you have demonstrated that you meet the criteria very well by using a number of examples which are fully explained in your application.

2 points are awarded if you meet the criteria but may not have demonstrated it with examples or may not have explained examples in detail.

1 point is awarded if you have mentioned a criterion on the person specification but have not given any examples in your application.

0 points are awarded if you fail to mention a criterion in your application.

Once all the application forms have been assessed, they are returned to the Human Resources department for checking.  The candidates with the highest point scores are selected for interview (provided that all of the essential requirements have been met).

Shortlisted candidates are contacted by the Human Resources department, usually by telephone or email, and are informed of any tasks that they are required to undertake as part of the first stage selection process.

Unsuccessful applicants who submitted an online application will receive an automatic email informing them of the shortlisting decision. It is not possible to contact applicants who applied off-line (e.g. via post).

First stage interviews are usually conducted by a panel of trained staff with a direct connection to the role available, alongside a member of the Human Resources team. The panel will ask candidates a series of agreed questions based around the requirements of the Person Specification and will take notes to accurately record the responses given.  All candidates will be asked the same set of agreed questions and will be required to explain aspects of their application form, as necessary.  You will be given the opportunity to clarify any points or ask questions at the end of the interview.

In addition to the panel interview, you are also likely to undertake a job-related task as part of the first stage selection process. For teaching posts, this can be a presentation in a related subject and/or a skills assessment.  For support roles, the task may be designed to test your ability to use I.T, for example.  You will be given sufficient notice of the tasks prior to the first stage interview in case preparation is required.

At the end of the first stage interview, candidates are selected to proceed to a final stage interview, which normally takes place within two weeks of the first stage interview. The panel comprises the Vice Chancellor & Principal, a member of the Executive Management Team and a Human Resources Officer.  Candidates are normally contacted regarding a selection decision within two working days of the final stage interview.  You will have been asked to bring with you original documents for proof of identity and relevant educational certificates.

If you are the successful candidate, we will negotiate a salary and provisional start date with you.  It is important to remember that any offer of employment is subject to the following:

  • Two satisfactory references
  • Evidence that you are permitted to work within the UK
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure
  • Occupational health check
  • Satisfactory verification of relevant qualifications
Upon completion of the aforementioned pre-employment checks, you will be issued with a full contract of employment and other starting documents.
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