Frequently Asked Questions - Applications

  1. I am applying for more than one job, do I need to fill out a separate application form?
  2. Can you tell me if you have received my application?
  3. I have made some mistakes on my application form - how can I correct them?
  4. Who should I provide as my referees?
  5. How long will I have to wait to find out if my application is successful?
  6. What is the Equal Opportunities Form used for?
  7. How do we protect your information?

  1. I am applying for more than one job, do I need to fill out a separate application form?

    For every post advertised you must ensure that you complete a separate application form and provide us with a separate supporting statement.  You cannot use one application form to apply for more than one job.  The information you complete on your initial application, including your supporting statement, will however be saved for you to resubmit or amend to suit subsequent applications.

  2. Can you tell me if you have received my application?

    Once we receive your application online we will send you an email to confirm receipt.  Normally you should hear from us within four weeks if you have been shortlisted for interview, otherwise you should assume you have been unsuccessful.

  3. I have made some mistakes on my application form - how can I correct them?

    Unfortunately, once you have submitted your application form online you cannot change your details.  If you need to change your details please email the contact email address provided on the site.

  4. Who should I provide as my referees?

    Your referees must be able to comment on your past employment and recent work performance in relation to the post’s selection criteria.  It is advised that your most recent, direct supervisor/line manager, or, if you have just completed full-time education, the Head/Principal or Tutor, is nominated as one of your referees.  Do not include family members or friends.  Please note that referees' details are compulsory fields on our application form.  There is an option to indicate that referees should not be contacted at the time of application.

  5. How long will I have to wait to find out if my application is successful?

    If you have not heard from the Universities UK within four weeks of the closing date you should assume your application has been unsuccessful.

  6. What is the Equal Opportunities Form used for?

    Universities UK is an equal opportunity employer.  It is our intention to ensure that job applicants and staff are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, age, socio-economic background, disability, religious or political beliefs, trade union membership, family circumstances, sexual orientation or other irrelevant distinction.

    The information gathered on the form is used to assist us in monitoring the effectiveness of our policy and will not be taken into consideration for short-listing and interviewing purposes.  In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, the Institute will seek your explicit permission should it intend to process any sensitive personal data for any reason other than Equal Opportunity purposes or exercising a legal right or obligation required by law.  Sensitive data includes your racial or ethnic origin, sexual life, political beliefs, trade union membership, religious beliefs, physical or mental health and criminal offences.

  7. How do we protect your information?

    We use a server certificate (also known as a digital certificate) to assure you of our identity and secure sockets layer (SSL) to encrypt data transmissions.

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