Frequently asked questions from prospective staff
We recognise that during the application and selection process you may have a
number of questions. We hope that the following sections may help to answer some
of these queries for you.
Making an application
What can I do if I cannot access the internet from home?
Many cafés, libraries and Job Centres offer free internet access and have
computers that you can use.
Are all posts advertised externally?
The majority of posts are advertised externally, either here on our website or in other local/national media.
Do internal candidates get preference?
No. We use the essential and desirable criteria to shortlist. For most posts
experience of working in higher education is not an essential requirement.
How do I know if I am qualified for a particular post?
Read the recruitment pack carefully as it contains a job description and
person specification. You must demonstrate in your application how you meet the
essential criteria. If you meet any of the desirable criteria, please tell us
about this too.
Why are disabled candidates offered an interview?
We are one of a large number of employers based in Great Britain
who have agreed to take action to meet five commitments regarding the
employment, retention, training and career development of disabled employees. A
disabled candidate must meet the essential criteria to be guaranteed an
interview. However, they are not guaranteed a job offer and must be considered on
their merits along with other candidates. The Disability Confident Employer scheme
does not breach employment legislation and the UK Disability Discrimination Act
permits this kind of positive action.
The job requires a criminal record check. What is this?
Where a job involves working with vulnerable groups such as children, or
where government contracts are involved, as part of our safeguarding and vetting
procedures applicants who are offered employment will be subject to a criminal
record check (known as a Disclosure) before the appointment is confirmed. This
check is undertaken by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or Disclosure Scotland.
Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us –
this will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and
background to your offence. Any information provided is kept confidential and
seen only by those directly involved in the recruitment process. See the
website for more information.
Can I send you my CV?
We do not accept speculative CVs as we do not have the resources to cross
match CVs with advertised posts. You can take advantage of our email job alert
service which allows you to receive the latest vacancies as soon as they arise.
Can I make a postal application?
All applications must be submitted via our website unless otherwise stated.
If you have a disability which makes it difficult for you to apply online
please contact email@example.com.
I have missed the closing date. Can I still apply?
Unfortunately, once the post has closed no further applications will be
How long will it take to complete an application?
This will depend on the post, as some jobs may require more information than
others. However, you will be able to save your details as you go along and
return to your application at a later date if you wish.
I am not a British/EEA national. Can I still apply for your
For academic and research posts, or those that require a degree or specialist
skills, we may be able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for a suitably
qualified applicant who is not currently eligible to work in the UK. For all
other posts it is extremely unlikely a Certificate of Sponsorship would be
granted. Please see the UK Border
Agency website for more information.
I am a student. Can I take up employment with the
Yes. However, there are University rules governing the number of hours you
can work. Visa students should check the conditions under which their visa has
When will I know the outcome of my application?
Once the post has closed and shortlisting has taken place (this could take up
to six weeks) you will be advised by email as to whether or not your application
has been successful.
I don't have an email address. What should I do if all
correspondence from you is to be by email?
You can register for a free email address with a number of providers such as
The interview process
I live outside the UK. What will happen if I am invited for
In the majority of cases, for European residents we will pay the travel
expenses to attend the interview in person. However, for applicants living
further afield we will try to arrange an interview via a video/telephone
I cannot make the interview date/time. Is it possible to
You should tell us in your application any dates/times when you are
unavailable and we will try to accommodate these restrictions. If we are unable
to reschedule, and you cannot attend, you may ask for your application be
considered in absentia.
When will my references be taken up?
For most posts references will only be taken up for the successful candidate.
However, for academic jobs and some senior posts it is our standard practice to contact referees before interview. If you do not want us to do this
without your permission please tell us in your application.