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The Application Process

Ability Tests

We may use ability tests (particularly verbal and numerical tests) and/or the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) as part of the selection process. Further information and appropriate practice leaflets are provided to applicants, at the appropriate stage, if tests are to be used as part of the selection process.

Data Protection

In order to be able to conduct business, the University needs to process certain information about its employees, students and other individuals. In so doing, the University must comply with the Data Protection Act 2000 which provides safeguards to individuals about the collection, use, storage and retention of personal information by the University in manual/computer based information systems. In recruitment and selection, this data is primarily held for internal monitoring and external benchmarking purposes.

Health Assessment

All offers of appointment to a position with the University are subject to satisfactory health assessment through completion of a health questionnaire.

We will make every effort to modify the job and/or to make reasonable adjustments to enable a candidate with a disability to take up a post. The University has also signed up to the Mindful Employer Charter for employers who are positive about mental health.

Submitting Your Application

You must click the 'Submit' button in order to submit your completed application. If you are unable to submit an application online, please contact the HR Operations Team whose details are included on the job advertisement and job description. Please note that the submission deadline for applications is midnight on the closing date quoted.

Progress of your Application

You will receive an automated acknowledgement when you submit your application. Shortlisting usually takes place within four weeks of the advertised closing date. If you have not been contacted within four weeks of the closing date you should consider that, unfortunately, your application has not been successful.

Contact Us

If you require any further details about any of the areas covered in this guidance, please contact Human Resources by emailing

If you have any questions about the particular job you are applying for, please refer these to Human Resources. Contact details are provided in the job advertisement and job description.


We are committed to providing a high-quality recruitment and selection process to all our applicants and we are constantly seeking new ways this can be improved. As part of this commitment, we recognise the value of seeking feedback. If you wish to offer any suggestions or comments please email these to

Application Tips

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