Our process – UAL Careers

Our process

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Useful information to guide you through the recruitment process

Recruitment process

Our recruitment process can vary from role to role based on the nature of the role, level, responsibilities, job family and other factors. Please check the advert for any further information.

Generally, our recruitment process has 5 stages:

Application – Shortlisting – Interview – Offer – Onboarding

However, sometimes this process can involve extra steps that might look something like this:

Application – Shortlisting – Psychometric Assessment – 2x Interviews (Panel and Stakeholder) – Offer – Onboarding

For example, for a professor opportunity, you may need to undertake psychometric tests in addition to present on a certain topic to Deans and other senior academics as part of a  Stakeholder panel interview.

Application process

To be considered for any of our vacancies, you will need to follow the application process as detailed in the post you want to be considered for. For many of our roles, you will need to apply directly through our job board.

We are unable to accept emailed applications or speculative CVs. If you have not applied or signed up for job alerts with us before, you will need to create an account. Registration does not take long and will help you to keep track of your application. You can save your application and come back to it later provided the role has not closed.

We advise you to apply early as the application closing date may be brought forward if we receive enough applications and new applications cannot be considered once the vacancy has closed. Any changes to the closing date will be communicated in time to give you a fair chance to apply.

If you have any general questions or require any reasonable adjustments, there should be contact details on the advert. If there are none listed, you can contact our general jobs inbox via ual_jobs@arts.ac.uk making sure to quote the vacancy ID, job title and your application ID (if relevant).

Assessment/Interview process

Congratulations if you have been invited to attend an assessment/interview! This means that we would like to meet with you to learn more about you and your suitability for the role you have applied for.

At UAL, we use competency-based interviews to help us assess your suitability for a role. If you have not had much work experience it is fine to use a relevant example from your studies or social situations.

Whilst the panel will be assessing your fit for the role, an interview is also an opportunity for you to consider if the role is a good fit for you, so feel free to ask any questions you may have at the end of your interview.

Questions might take the form of “tell me about a time when you….” or “describe a situation when….” 

We wish you the best of luck for your interview. Please do not hesitate to contact the Resourcing Team if you have any questions or concerns.

Eligibility to work

All job offers are conditional based on you providing proof of your eligibility to work in the UK. Some roles will also require a DBS check (basic or Enhanced) to be carried out as part of safeguarding measures. Please check the job advert and job description for further information.

If you don’t currently have the necessary document required to gain permission to work and live in the UK, we might be able to offer sponsorship via a Skilled Worker Visa subject to UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. There are restrictions on certain occupations (e.g. only hard to recruit or specialist roles) and salary requirements (at least £38,700 per annum). Further information is available on the Home Office website.

However, with apprenticeships, there are additional eligibility requirements – you must already have the right to work in the UK and have ordinarily been resident in the UK for the last 3 years. Due to apprenticeship funding rules, sponsorship is not available for apprenticeship opportunities. If you require specific advice about your eligibility for any apprenticeship opportunities, please get in touch by email via apprenticeships@arts.ac.uk.

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