FAQs

We want you to have a positive experience when you apply for a role at Northumbria University and would like to give you every chance of showing us why you are suitable for the role. Below you will find some frequently asked questions to help you through our application and selection process. 

When you apply

How can I improve my chances of being shortlisted for a role?

Read the role description and person specification carefully before you submit your application. Use these documents to help you decide if the role is relevant to your personal skills and experience and if it is a good fit for your next career move. Use your covering letter to highlight how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements outlined in the role description and person specification.

Your covering letter and CV should only include your initial and surname and should not include your e-mail address, these details will be captured in the Personal Information and Equal Opportunities form.

Be open, honest and share your success.

Do I need to include any specific further information in my CV and covering letter?

Yes. If you are applying for an academic role, please include a full list of publications on your CV.

To ensure a fair selection process that is free from discrimination, you are not required to include personal information on your CV and covering letter.

Your covering letter and CV should only include your initial and surname and should not include your e-mail address, these details will be captured in the Personal Information and Equal Opportunities form.

Why do I need to complete a Personal Information and Equal Opportunities form?

We ask all candidates to submit a Personal Information and Equal Opportunities Form. Without this information we are unable to progress your application.

The form helps us to record your contact information. Please make sure you include your National Insurance number as this is used as your unique identifier on our database.

The additional information helps us to gather data and monitor our equal opportunities practices. This is not used for selection purposes and is not made available to the selection panel.

Please also tell us how you found out about the vacancy as this helps us to identify the best routes to attract candidates.

How do I know my application will be considered fairly?

With a diverse student population, workplace diversity is greatly important to us. We pride ourselves on a recruitment process that is fair and free from discrimination at every stage. All of our panel members have completed recruitment and selection training to support this aim.

The Personal Information and Equal Opportunities Form is not shared with the short list or interview panel to minimise the risk of potential discrimination in the recruitment process.

Only your covering letter and CV will be shared with the selection panel. You are not required to include personal information on your CV and covering letter.

When does the vacancy close?

The closing date is specified on the advert. All of our vacancies close at 23:59 on this date unless otherwise stated.

I can see from your website that you are a disability confident employer. What does this mean?

We continually demonstrate our commitment to becoming more disability confident and to work within a recognised framework to achieve disability equality objectives regarding employment, retention and career development of disabled people.

Northumbria University operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme, which means that if you have a disability and your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum criteria outlined within the role description and person specification, you will be guaranteed an interview for any advertised role.

Please tell us if you require any special adjustment to enable you to apply for a role or attend a selection event at Northumbria University.

Do I need to be eligible to work in the UK?

Northumbria University welcome applications from all candidates regardless of nationality however all applicants must meet the requirements laid out by the Home Office to be eligible to work in the UK. For this reason, you will be required to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK if you are invited to attend a selection event.

I have a criminal conviction. Will this prevent me from applying for a role.

You must tell us if you have spent or unspent criminal convictions. In line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, we will not automatically exclude you from the selection process. Whether or not we are able to progress your application will depend upon the role you are applying for and the nature of your offence.

Some roles at Northumbria University require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check; we’ll make this clear in the advert and role description.

If you are invited to a selection event, you may be asked to provide further details of the offence to enable the panel to consider your suitability for the post.

What does the declaration on the personal details form mean?

By applying to a vacancy you are agreeing to Northumbria University’s policies and requirements. If you provide false information or deliberately leave out something relevant, it may disqualify you from our selection process or, if discovered after you have been appointed, you could be dismissed.

I’ve submitted my application; what happens next?

Shortly after the closing date, a panel will assess your application against the person specification for the role and they’ll shortlist the applicants who best meet the criteria for the role. We’ll inform you of the outcome of the shortlisting exercise by email.

How long will you keep my application for?

We will keep your application for six months following appointment of the successful candidate, in line with our Data Protection Policy. If you are not appointed following the selection process and do not want us to hold your data, please contact staffcareers@northumbria.ac.uk

Before the Selection Event

I’ve been invited to a selection event; how can I prepare?

When we invite you for interview, we’ll tell you what will be involved, any specific preparation required and any other information you’ll need to bring with you.

Make sure you’ve had a good look around our website so that you know what we do and why we do it. Take some time to go over your application and think of specific examples that will demonstrate how you are suitable for the role.

Think about why you want to work for Northumbria University? Why this role? Why should we appoint you?

On the day of the Selection Event

What tips can you give me for the selection event?

First impressions count. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive, check that you know where you are going and what time you need to be there. If you are going to be late, please contact us at the earliest opportunity to let us know.

Breathe, relax and be yourself. We understand that most people get nervous during an interview and we want you to do well. Take your time and think before you speak.

Help us to make your interview feel like a conversation, not an interrogation. Ask us some questions. Think about what else you’d like to know about the role, the team you’ll be joining or the University.

After the Selection Event

What will happen after the selection event?

After the selection event the panel will assess all candidates against the criteria for the role. A member of the selection panel will contact you to let you know whether or not you have been successful. They will provide feedback on request following the outcome of the selection event.

I have been offered the role conditionally. What does this mean?

If we make you an offer, this will be subject to satisfactory references and a health check to make sure you are fit for the role. Your Health Questionnaire will be reviewed by an Occupational Health Advisor and you may be asked to attend a medical review appointment.