If the post isn’t filled through Redeployment it will usually be advertised externally to the wider job market. There may be limited situations where a job can be advertised internally to all University employees in the first instance. If you believe there are special circumstances that make this desirable for your vacancy, please contact your HR Business Partner/Internal Recruiter to discuss.
There may also be situations where you wish to make a role available for internal development opportunities; for example, you may have a vacancy at a higher grade and already have a number of people within your school or service who have the expertise to take on the role. Again, if this is the case, please discuss it with your HR Business Partner in the first instance. The following are examples of occasions where public advertisements may not be appropriate. All Panel members must respect the confidentiality of the process. Particular care must be taken in relation to sensitive personal data. It is of paramount importance that Panel members should treat all applications in the strictest confidence. Details in relation to the interview performance of any applicant should not be discussed with anyone outside of the Panel, People and Culture or senior members of staff within the University.
Academic Management Posts The positions of Pro-Vice-Chancellors and Dean of the Graduate School shall be advertised externally. It is the normal practice of the University to trawl internally for Deans at Faculty level, Heads of School and other posts such as Director of Research and Director of Education as these posts are normally of a fixed-term duration. The University, however, reserves the right to advertise such posts externally.
Secondment Occasions may arise when there are opportunities for short-medium term career development opportunities. In these circumstances and where the opportunity is for a period of more than six months, the opportunities will normally be internally trawled within the University. Where the opportunity is for a period of less than six months, reference should be made to the policy on Employees Temporarily Undertaking Additional Duties.
Internal Mobility Occasions may arise to promote permanent career development opportunities and as such permanent positions may be advertised internally. The University has an affirmative action plan in place and our Diversity and Inclusion Unit will advise if an internal trawl is appropriate. Restructuring within a School/Directorate - This occurs when new duties are allocated among existing employees and the overall head count within the School/Directorate does not increase. To advertise these duties publicly could result in an external appointment and thus leave a member of staff in a redundancy situation. In particular, it must be clearly established that no additional posts have been created and that no vacancy in fact exists. In circumstances where more than one member of staff could be allocated additional duties which may lead to a regrading, then they must all be considered by the appropriate manager in a systematic and objective manner. This may, for example, involve a limited internal trawl amongst the eligible staff.
Redundancy In accordance with the agreed Redundancy Procedures all reasonable measures will be taken to avoid redundancy. If a vacancy within the University can be filled by an employee, who would otherwise be made redundant, then this vacancy does not need to be advertised and the otherwise redundant employee may be redeployed. Redeployment of staff will not occur when the vacant post is considered to be specialist in nature, for example, requiring specific qualifications and/or experience. Guidance on the application of this scheme can be found in the Redundancy Procedure.
Extension to a Temporary or Fixed-term Contract If a temporary or fixed-term contract is nearing completion and, at the same time, another similar vacancy arises within the University, an employee may be offered this vacancy and his/her contract extended. An extension may involve a new project but will involve similar duties and, the employment must be continuous.