Selection process


  • In most cases, once a job vacancy has been advertised and reached the closing date, we will shortlist candidates using the person specification. The shortlisting process may take a few days if there are many applicants.
  • As soon as a decision has been reached, we will contact shortlisted applicants to arrange interviews. Normally, you would expect to hear from us within two weeks of the closing date if you are to be interviewed.
  • Please allow four weeks or more before contacting us if you want to know the reasons why you have not been shortlisted, unfortunately due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to provide specific feedback
  • In some cases, we will need to seek references prior to interview, in others we will only seek these following a conditional offer (see Job Offers below) but we require at least two references from previous employers prior to appointing.
  • We will also ask you to take part in a pre-employment health screen process which may be simply completing a form or may need further information to make sure you are fit to undertake the duties of the job.


  • Interviews are normally conducted by a panel which will include the line manager, and perhaps more senior members of a College or Service.
  • Candidates will often be asked to give a presentation on a relevant topic as part of the interview process, which will be explained in the invitation to interview letter.
  • In some cases, there may be second interview. Some interviews may need to be conducted by telephone.
  • In all cases, we do our best to ensure that all candidates are given fair and appropriate opportunities to demonstrate their abilities to do the job.

Job offers

  • Once the interviews are complete, we will select a preferred candidate and either issue an unconditional or conditional offer of employment. A conditional offer would be issued when employment checks were outstanding; for example satisfactory references, medical etc.
  • We will ask you to accept the offer by signing and returning the offer letter. If you are relocating from another country, we will start the process of requesting a certificate of sponsorship on your behalf, although you may still need to obtain a Visa or other permit to remain in the UK.
  • We will also ask to see original evidence of your right to work in the UK; this will normally be your passport if you are a UK/EU resident but could also include a residence permit, biometric residence card or an accession worker authorisation document for non UK/EU residents. For a full list of acceptable documents to confirm the right to work in the UK, please go to