How to apply

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You can apply for a job with us by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

If you require any assistance, including the provision of any documentation in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment Team at

Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

Advice on completing your application

Online applications can be completed in stages and the information you enter is saved automatically. You can review and amend each section of your application at any time before submission. Advice is provided within each section for guidance.

We strongly recommend reviewing the job description before submitting your application as the information you provide will be assessed against the criteria outlined in the person specification section of the job description.

Within your application, you will be asked to provide statements that evidence your ability to meet selection criteria chosen from the person specification. This method is used to enable you to demonstrate how your qualifications, experience, and skills, knowledge and abilities are relevant to the post for which you are applying. Remember to include specific evidence or examples to support your application. We recommend using the STAR method, outlined below:

The STAR method refers to Situation, Task, Action, Result and is useful in helping you structure your responses, both in application forms and interviews.

Please note that you will be asked to provide evidence that you hold the essential qualifications for the role, as detailed on the job description.

To ensure fair and consistent assessment between applicants, recruiting managers are only able to use the information provided in your responses to the selection criteria questions and supporting documents (if requested) to make short-listing decisions. Therefore, it’s important that you don’t assume they will be able to infer that you have relevant skills from your current and previous roles.

As applicants are shortlisted against a unique candidate pool each time, we do not mandate that applicants cannot reapply. However, we reserve the right to not re-interview applicants applying for the same role that have been unsuccessful at interview within the last six months.

Anonymised Shortlisting

The University of Derby undertakes anonymised shortlisting during the staff recruitment process. This means that, when shortlisting, panel members will no longer be able to see an applicant’s name and will see an applicant number instead. We understand that candidates may still wish to upload supporting documents alongside their application, however, we request that applicants anonymise their documents before uploading to their application.

This development is part of our ongoing commitment to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion into our staff recruitment practices, to ensure our workforce is representative of our student population and the communities in which we are based. It demonstrates the practical steps we are taking to remove barriers to recruitment by minimising the possible impact of our unconscious bias.

Pronouns Matter

The University of Derby understands that pronouns matter and we would like to support applicants to feel comfortable to be their authentic selves. If during the recruitment process (from interview through to your first day) you would like us to inform the recruiting manager of your preferred pronouns please let us know by contacting


Applying from overseas

If you currently live outside of the UK and you're looking to apply for a job at the University, we've put together some guidance to support you through this process.

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Candidate Charter

At University of Derby we commit to delivering a great candidate experience to all, that’s why we wanted to list our commitments that you can expect from us.

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Contact us

Our office hours are Monday – Thursday from 8.30am - 5pm and Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm. 

You can contact us on 01332 593099 or by email at