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.
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 Executive 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.