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The University is an equal opportunities employer.


1. Process

Shortlisting documentation - After the job closing date the Recruitment Team will provide the following documents to selection panel:

Confidential Data - shortlisting documents contain highly confidential personal data and should only be viewed by panel members. It is the responsibility of the Chair to ensure that confidentiality is maintained during the short listing and interview process.  At the end of the process all interview notes on candidates should be scanned back to the Recruitment team and any other candidate information should be deleted and shredded.

Agreeing the shortlist - we recommend arranging a shortlisting meeting with the panel to agree your interview shortlist. If this is not possible this can be completed over phone/email. Steps to follow:

  • Assess each application against the Job Description and Person Specification
  • You may find the Shortlisting scoring grid a helpful tool
  • Decide which candidates should be invited to interview
  • Consider whether the selection process should include a presentation / assessment of some kind to assess certain selection criteria
  • Update the PD01 Applicant summary form: tab 2: shortlising outcomes and tab 3: Interview Programme
  • Send the completed form back to your Recruiter
  • The Recruitment team will invite candidates to interview and request references for academic posts
  • We will provide the panel with confirmation of candidates attending no later than 2 days before the interview (see Interview guidance)

Keeping records - A decision not to shortlist an applicant can be challenged under discrimination law at an employment tribunal.  It is recommended that a record is kept of the criteria under which candidates are shortlisted for at least 6 months.

2. A Disability Confident Employer

  • The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Disability Confident'
  • The University has made a number of commitments regarding recruitment, training, retention, consultation and disability awareness
  • In terms of recruitment, the commitment we have made is to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities
  • Applicants are advised to disclose whether they have a disability in their application and it is the responsibility of the selection panel to ensure that any disabled applicant who meets the minimum essential criteria is offered an interview
  • Candidates with a disability will be indicated on the PD01 Applicant summary form

Reasonable adjustments - Panel members should also be aware of the duty to make reasonable adjustments for any candidate with a disability. Examples of reasonable adjustments could include:

  • changing the interview location for an applicant who has mobility difficulties
  • ensuring there is no background noise for a candidate with a hearing impairment
  • allowing an applicant with a learning disability to be accompanied by a helper at the interview

3. Candidate interview expenses

  • Candidates applying for a post at Grade E or above, will be sent an Interview Expenses Claim Form providing they are travelling from outside of EX1, EX2, EX3 and EX4 areas (for Exeter posts) or TR10 area (for Cornwall posts) they will be able to claim travel expenses
  • Candidates are now able to book accommodation directly and claim this back from the Faculty/Service if they are unable to travel to and from the University all within the same day (Max £80.00).
  • See notes listed at the end of the Interview Expenses Claim Form for detailed guidance. Note that candidates normally expect to be given a minimum of 7 working days notice prior to interview