Guidance notes for applicants
These guidance notes are intended to help you when making your application and to provide you with information about the selection process.
Setting up an account:
- If you have not registered online with us before, click ‘apply now’ and you will be asked to provide some basic information to create a personal ''account''.
- If you have applied online before, or have created an account online through registering for email alerts, you can simply enter your email address and password to log-in. Any general information you have previously supplied (such as your address or equality monitoring information) will be held for you to re-use in subsequent applications. You can update your details at any time should you wish to.
- If you forget your password at any time, you can simply request a reminder by using the log-in/update button at the top of each page.
- Once you have created your account, you can then apply for jobs - you can complete your application in stages, saving your details as you go along, if you prefer.
- Once you have logged in via the log-in/update button you will be able to view any email correspondence we have sent you via the ‘your emails’ link.
Searching for jobs:
To search for current vacancies, use the ''search and apply'' function on the main job vacancies page. By using the drop down menus you can search for jobs in the following ways:
- By location, to see jobs at all of our campuses;
- By job category, to view jobs in a particular specialism;
- By free text search, to search for key words in the vacancy description;
- By reference number, type this specific number in to the Reference text box and you will be taken to that vacancy;
- Alternatively, choose "show all" in the job category box and "show all" in the location box to see all current job vacancies.
Job vacancy email alerts:
If you wish to be notified of future vacancies that match your search criteria you must set up an email alert. Click ‘search and apply’ on the main job vacancies page and then enter your email address at the bottom of the ‘search results page’.
Emailing a friend allows you to send the job description to a friend, colleague or anyone else you think may be interested in the role. When the user reads the email, the link to the specific job will be displayed so that they can apply immediately. You will also be able to add a personal message.
General guidance on making your application:
- All job applications must be made via the website unless otherwise stated.
- We do not accept speculative postal, faxed or emailed CVs.
- Before submitting your application, please make sure that you have read the Recruitment Pack carefully. Your application will be assessed according to how closely you meet the knowledge, skills and attributes required. It is important that you demonstrate, by giving examples, how you meet the essential, and where possible, the desirable criteria.
- Applications will be considered by a selection panel of at least 2 people and a shortlist will be drawn up on the basis of the experience, skills and attributes required to undertake the duties for the post.
- When making your application, there are some details you must provide. These mandatory fields are marked with a red star.
- For some posts, references may be taken up prior to interview. If you do not wish us to contact your referees at this stage, please indicate this in your application. You are required to provide us with the names and contact details of two referees who can provide information regarding your suitability for the post, one of which should be your current or most recent employer. Students should give the name of a lecturer/tutor/supervisor as appropriate.
- Once you have completed all sections of the application form, and attached any requested documents, a ‘submit here'' link will appear allowing you to send your application to us. You will receive an acknowledgement by email. You can print out a summary sheet showing the information you have submitted.
- If your application has been unsuccessful, you will be notified via email after the closing date. This could take a couple of weeks, depending on how long it takes for the selection panel/committee to shortlist.
- If you have been unsuccessful at interview stage you may request feedback by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates should note that feedback may take a couple of weeks.
Information for disabled applicants:
- If you have a disability which makes it difficult for you to apply on-line please contact email@example.com or telephone the Recruitment Team on 01206-874588/875321.
- Under the Two Ticks accreditation, the University will guarantee an interview to candidates with a disability who demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria for the post. You will be asked if you have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) when making your application. Further information is available here.
- As part of the application process you will be asked if you have a disability or require any adjustments to the interview process. Any specific requests will be discussed with you prior to interview to ensure your needs can be met.
Attending an interview:
- The shortlisting decision will have been based solely on the information you have provided in your application. Even if you are already known to the University as a current or previous employee you must ensure that you have provided sufficient evidence of how you meet the job criteria.
- If you are shortlisted we will contact you via email to invite you to attend an interview. If you have provided a mobile phone number you will also be notified of interview via text message. If communication by email is not possible, please let us know. We will try, wherever possible, to give you one week’s notice of the interview date and time. Whilst we will try to be as flexible as possible to accommodate your needs, it will not always possible to re-arrange.
- You will be interviewed by at least two people. If you are required to give a presentation or undertake a test or task as part of the selection process you will be given full details when you are invited for interview.
- You will be able to view any email correspondence that we have sent you regarding your application and interview arrangements via the ‘your emails’ link.
- We will let you know whether you are successful or unsuccessful at each stage of the process.
When making your application, you will be asked to provide confidential information for legal or monitoring purposes covering the following:
Equality Act 2010
Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974