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Additional information for applicants

We need to have accurate information from you when your apply for a job at the University of Bedfordshire.

Instructions on how to complete an application are provided on the application form however this brief guide will help you through the process.

Using the online application form

The online application form will time-out if you do not save any data for a 60-minute period. We strongly advise you to save your application regularly by clicking on the Save & Continue button.

You may prefer to type your supporting statement in another document first and then copy and paste the text into the relevant box. Please be aware that you risk losing data if the form times-out and you have not saved your data regularly.

Criminal convictions

Some University of Bedfordshire posts require a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) disclosure check. In these cases candidates will be informed at the interview. Receipt of a satisfactory check would be a condition of appointment.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the population and is proud to be a Two Ticks employer. As users of the Two Ticks disability symbol, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for vacancies.

If you feel that you have a disability and wish to be considered under the Two Ticks scheme, please confirm by ticking the box. Providing that you meet all the essential criteria for the job, you will then be invited for interview. This information will only be shared with the Chair of the shortlisting panel and the Human Resources Team.

If you are invited to interview, please contact the HR department, if you require any adjustments at the interview stage so they can be put in place.

Proof of eligibility to work in the UK

You must indicate if you have permission to live and work in the UK. If you are shortlisted for interview you will be required to verify this by producing appropriate documentary proof.

Copies of relevant identification will be requested as part of your pre-employment checks to comply with Home Office requirements.

Personal information

Please include all forenames and your surname/family name. If you are known as a  different forename, please enter this as your preferred name.

If you provide more than one address, please use the tick-box on the online application to indicate which is your mailing address. Where possible, correspondence will be sent by email so it is important that you also provide a valid email address.

Employment details

Please list details of your current and previous employment accounting for any gaps in your employment history.

Education and qualifications

Please provide details of all your qualifications which you believe are relevant to this application, listing the highest qualification first.

Include the name of the place of learning, the qualification type/level (eg degree, NVQ2), the date the qualification was obtained or expected completion date and details of the subject(s) and grade(s). Verification of qualifications will be required when commencing employment.

Professional memberships and occupational training

Please give details of any professional memberships and/or occupational training which are relevant to the post you are applying for. Where appropriate state your level of membership, the date obtained and expiry or renewal date and your membership or registration number.

Supporting information

This section is for you to provide any additional information which you feel is relevant to the job for which you are applying.

Please read the job description and employee specification for each vacancy carefully before completing an application as the decision whether to shortlist you will be based on the information provided in your application.

Please provide information, examples and evidence to illustrate how you feel you meet the criteria for the job.

For example, if the employee specification states "ability to use initiative and work unsupervised" it is not sufficient to say "I can work unsupervised and show initiative". You must include examples of your work and/or experience which illustrate these abilities.

When providing examples or evidence, you may also refer to any relevant experience acquired outside work such as community, voluntary or leisure interests. Curriculum Vitae (CV) alone are not accepted in place of an application but you may include one as additional supporting information. The CV should relate to how you meet the criteria outlined in the employee specification.

A maximum of two attachments, with a maximum size of 2Mb, can be accepted if you are applying online.

If you do not demonstrate that you meet all of the essential criteria you will not be invited to interview. Meeting all of the essential criteria, however, does not guarantee you an interview. In a strong group of applicants there may be other applicants who have demonstrated that they meet the criteria to a greater relevance and/or depth.


You must nominate two referees who will be able to comment on your suitability for the post. Please the name, address, email address and telephone number for each.

One of the referees must be your present or your most recent employer. Referees should not be a relative and ideally both of your referees should be able to comment on your suitability for the post for which you have applied.

Your referees will be contacted after you have been identified as the preferred candidate for the post, rather than before interview.

All University appointment are subject to satisfactory references.

Source of application

To help us monitor the effectiveness of our recruitment process, please tell us how you found out about this opportunity.

Final declaration

You must complete this section on the form to confirm that the information you have provided is, to the best of your knowledge, true and complete and also so that we can process your application in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

In the event that your application is successful the information you provide will be used to establish your personnel record. Otherwise your data is primarily held for internal monitoring and external benchmarking purposes and will not be kept longer than is required for these purposes.

Equal opportunities monitoring

The University has an Equality and Diversity Policy and Strategy that reflects the requirements of the Equality Act.

The University welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We aim to ensure that everyone who works or applies to work for our University is treated fairly and is not subjected to unlawful discrimination on grounds of their sex, age, race, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation and religion or belief.

In order to monitor the effectiveness of our Equality and Diversity procedures, you are requested to complete this section of the form. This section will be detached prior to your application form being forwarded to the selection panel.

If you are invited for interview, you will be asked to indicate whether any specific arrangements need to be made for you to attend.

Interview selection criteria

Selection criteria for interviews are based on merit only and may include one or more of these interview selection processes:

  • application form
  • panel interview
  • written exercise
  • presentation exercise
  • psychometric testing

If you are expected to undertake an exercise or presentation as part of the selection process you will be notified of this in your interview confirmation.

All the information obtained during the selection procedure will be assessed and used in the final decision-making process.

Pre-placement Health Declaration

All offers of appointment to a position with the University are subject to satisfactory pre-employment 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.

Terms and conditions

The table below details the terms and conditions that will apply and these vary depending on the type of contract you are employed on.

Terms & Conditions

Academic contract

Research contract

Professional Services

Middle and Senior Manager contract
Annual leave 35 25 25 30
Pension Scheme

Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS)

Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS)

Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) 

Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)


Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS)

Notice period 3 months

Grades 1 to 6, 1 month

Grades 7 to 9, 3 months

Grades 1 to 6, 1 month

Grades 7 to 9, 3 months

3 months
Probationary period 12 months 12 months 12 months 12 months
Occupational sick pay
Full time hours per week 35 35 37 37


All employees who meet the relevant eligibility criteria can access the following non-contractual benefits:

  • Up to 5 University concessionary days off per annum
  • Subsidised parking
  • Salary sacrifice childcare voucher scheme
  • Free eye test for display screen equipment users & contribution of £60 towards corrective lenses
  • Access to a portal providing discounts on entertainment, finance, shopping, motoring and travel
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Season (travel) ticket loans – if permanent member of staff or employed on a fixed term contract of  1 year or more
  • Cycle to work  salary sacrifice scheme
  • Trade union membership: The University recognises UNISON and UCU
  • Continuous professional development. See table below for further details.

Contact us

Please contact the HR Team if you require any further details about any of the areas covered in this guide or have any feedback in relation to our recruitment and selection processes and procedures.

T: +44 (0)1582 743390

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