Frequently asked questions


  1. How do I search and apply for jobs?

    You can find our jobs by clicking into the job search link on our careers site. If you scroll down the page, you can filter by interest group, Contract type, Employment type, and Faculty/Directorate. Click on the role you are interested in, and click YES on Popup to Confirm. You will see a link at the top of the page to Apply, Full Advert/Print Preview, Tell a Friend, Job Description/Person Specification; Clicking APPLY will take you through to our online application process. When you first apply for a job you will need to register your details to create a candidate homepage, this will enable you to return to an incomplete application, track the progress of your application and save your details for future applications.
  2. How do I set up job alerts?

    You can also register for job alerts to receive e-mail alerts as and when new vacancies that meet your criteria become available. Please click on the Job Alerts section in your candidate profile on the Overview Tab. Click Add and filter the search criteria for suitable alerts. You can then save the search query, or save as Job Alert. You can select Daily, Weekly or Monthly alerts. Once you have saved a Job Alert, check Notify me by e-mail if the requirements in a job posting match the information in my profile.
  3. What if I have problems viewing the pages on the DMU jobs website?

    The DMU jobs pages are compatible with all current versions of major web browsers, including Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari. If the pages return blank or incomplete information, press F5 (function key) to refresh the screen. If you still experience problems with viewing information this may mean that you need to reset your browser to enable or you may wish to consider clearing caches in your web browser. If this does not resolve the issue then it may be that the security settings in the web browser are blocking information if they are set at a high level. You may also want to check that you are using the most up to date version of the web browser. Alternatively, you could try using a different web browser. If you experience issues accessing the system please ensure you have checked the following:

    Recommended browser requirements:
    IE9 or later;
    Firefox 4.082 or later;
    Safari 5.0.1 or later;

    1. Turn off pop-up blockers
    (i.e. Tools, Pop-up Blocker, Turn off Pop-up Blocker)

    2. Disable script debugging
    (i.e. Tools, Internet Options, Advanced tab, tick 'Disable Script Debugging')

    3. Enable Active/Java scripting
    (i.e. Tools, Internet Options, Security tab, Internet zone, Custom level... button, scroll down to 'Scripting' settings, tick Enable for Active scripting and Scripting of Java applets)

  4. Can I save my application and come back to it?

    Yes, you can leave your application partially completed at any stage in the process and return to it through your candidate homepage.

    All of the pages in the application process time out if they are inactive for 30 minutes. If for any reason you need to pause whilst preparing your application and you expect it will be 30 minutes before you return to it please ensure this is saved. Failure to save a partly completed application may result in you losing some or all of the information you have entered so regular saving is recommended.

  5. How do I know the deadline for submitting my application?

    The closing date for each vacancy is clearly stated on the Jobs Search page and on the Job Posting. The deadline for submission of applications is midnight on the closing date stated.
  6. How long after a post closes will I hear back?

    Recruiting managers have up to 2 weeks to shortlist candidates for a role. They will shortlist candidates based upon the essential and desirable criteria that is noted on the person specification.
  7. How do I contact DMU if I have any further queries?

    If you have any queries regarding the university's recruitment and selection process, please contact us at and the team will respond to your query.
  8. What pre-employment checks will I undergo if I was successful in obtaining a position with DMU?


    The university has a legal responsibility to ensure that all its employees have the legal right to live and work in the UK. Therefore, if you are made an offer of employment, this will be subject to the university verifying that you are eligible to work in the UK.


    Offers of employment are subject to two written references which are satisfactory to the university and cover a minimum period of 2 years. One reference is required from your current or most recent employer. For professorial roles, we require up to 5 references.


    Legislation allows us to carry out an appropriate criminal record check before we employ you should this be a requirement of the role. The type of check we are entitled to do will depend on the role and this will help to ascertain what information you will need to disclose in the process.

    You may be given this requirement as a condition of your offer.

    Medical clearance

    All new starters are required to complete an occupational health questionnaire. This is to ensure we as an employer, can make any necessary adjustments to enable you to work in a safe environment.

    Some roles may require further checks and/or qualifications, these will be detailed in your conditional letter of employment.

    Fit and Proper Persons check 

    A rigorous process is in place for University Leadership Board roles and the Board of Governors, to identify any potential conflicts of interest that new and existing Governors or senior employees may have. Candidates are required to complete a formal ‘fit and proper person’ check prior to appointment, and this will be repeated every 3 years once in post. 

    Why is there a 'fit and proper persons' check? 

    The fit and proper persons check exists to ensure that our management arrangements do not present a risk to students or to public funds, and enables us to demonstrate to the OfS that we are meeting a key condition of our initial and ongoing registration. 

    What does 'fit and proper' mean? 

    An individual is 'a fit and proper person' if they ensure, or are likely to ensure, that the university’s funds are used for the purposes for which they were given. The check will include a Companies House check for directorships to ensure that there are no concerns and other elements of the OfS’s Public Interest Governance Principles.

  9. I have been successful in obtaining an interview at DMU, what are the next steps?

    To ensure the safety of our candidates and staff during COVID-19, we have changed our interviews from face-to-face to online interviews. You will receive an email with details of your Microsoft Teams Interview invite, if you don’t have Microsoft Teams, please contact the recruitment team. For support through the DMU interview process, please see our guidance document.
  10. I have had an offer of employment, what happens now given the situation with COVID-19?

    The start date will be dependant on the role which will be discussed and agreed with your line manager. Depending on the type of role, remote working/remote induction may be applicable, and if so, we will ensure you have the IT equipment required. All offers of employment will be looked at individually.
  11. Where can I find the Job Description/Person Specification for a role I have applied for?

    Please log into you Candidate Dashboard. You will find the JDPS and all roles you have applied for by navigating to Employment Opportunities – My Applications.

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