Equality and Inclusion
The University of Northampton is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, underpinned by our belief in taking actions. We are dedicated to creating an environment that celebrates equality and harnesses the power of diversity.
As part of this commitment we ensure that our recruitment process is as accessible and inclusive as possible to everyone.
If you wish to discuss anything regarding accessibility at any stage of the recruitment process or if you require any information in alternative formats please contact the Team:
Tel: 01604 892453
Our standard application process is by completion of an online application form. This ensures that all applicants provide the information we are looking for to assess against the criteria for the role. The system should be suitable for all applicants to use however if you have any concerns or issues please contact us.
We are committed to becoming more disability confident by ensuring that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. We will offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet all of the essential criteria for the job. Please indicate on your application form if you would like to be considered for a guaranteed interview under the Disability Confident scheme.
We appreciate that some people may find having an interview a challenging experience. The following provides you with useful information to help you prepare and know what to expect.
Interview adjustments - If you require any adjustments in order to attend an interview at the University of Northampton, please contact us at the earliest opportunity. Adjustments may include longer interview time, sight of questions prior to the interview or preparation time. If you require support in addition to reasonable adjustments, you may be eligible to help from Access to Work for support at interview. Please click here or contact us for further information.
Pre-visit – Waterside is an open campus and you are welcome to visit the campus prior to your interview. You may also access the public spaces (the ground floor of each building is publicly accessible but please check with Senate reception if you would like clarification of where you may visit). If you wish to visit the Development Hub or have any questions, please contact us to arrange a visit.
Bringing a companion – If you wish to bring a companion with you to your interview as a reasonable adjustment, please contact us to make these arrangements.
Parking – Due to the limited number of spaces on campus, parking is currently only available to staff and blue badge holders. If you require on-site parking to be made available as a reasonable adjustment, please contact us.
Who you will meet – You will be met at the meeting point (Reception in Senate Building, Visitor Centre at Waterside or Reception in the Development Hub) by a member of the panel or a representative from the area. There are typically 3 or 4 people on our interview panels although senior roles may have more. Our aim is to ensure that our recruitment processes are fair and inclusive and so in addition to the hiring manager, a representative from outside the hiring area will also be present. We also ensure there is a gender balance on all interview panels.
We do not disclose the names of panel members as this can be subject to change.
Assessments – If you are asked to complete a test as part of the assessment process this will normally address the items marked ‘T’ in the person specification. If you are required to prepare anything in advance, we will notify you. Otherwise, full instructions will be given to you on the day. If you require any reasonable adjustments regarding assessments, please let us know.
If you are asked to prepare a presentation you will be given full details in advance including the topic and expected duration.
Lanyards – You will be given a visitor’s lanyard when you report to reception. This must be visible at all times when you are on campus for security purposes. However, if you are not comfortable wearing this please ensure it is easily accessible should you need to present it to security.