Approval to Recruit

Decisions on strategic recruitment in Schools are devolved to the Faculty Executive Committee chaired by the Dean of the Faculty and subject to the approval by the Executive Officer Group. Decisions on strategic staff recruitment in Schools will be based on the multi-annual, strategic staffing plans, to be provided by Schools, on a rolling basis.

The process will be led by the Dean of the Faculty and decisions will be made at least one year in advance of requirement whilst recognising the need for flexibility. The Faculty Executive Committee may also fill any consequential vacancy arising from strategic recruitment provided, that the post itself is approved in the School’s budget. Decisions to recruit temporary staff to cover short unplanned periods of absence by existing School staff may be taken by the Dean.

Staffing decisions are to be made according to a set of strategic recruitment principles designed to align School strategic plans with the Faculty and the College’s strategic plans for world class excellence in research, graduate education and undergraduate education. The recruitment principles will reflect the necessity to recruit excellent staff, suitably qualified to work in a research-intensive University – with PhD level qualifications and post-doctoral experience (where appropriate) expected as the norm for academic staff.

The recruitment principles must take into account the fully-implemented ARAM position of each School and the Faculty and the College’s overall financial situation. Adjustments to requests from Schools to take into account developments, such as resignations and retirements, outside the annual round of recruitment are to be considered on a regular basis as they arise, by the Faculty Executive Committee chaired by the Dean of the Faculty.

Decisions on strategic staff recruitment in Central Administrative / Support Areas are made by the Senior Administrative Management Group chaired by the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and agreed by the Executive Officer Group. The decisions are made on the basis of strategic plans prepared by the Central Administrative and Support Areas and this process is to be led by the Chief Operating Officer. The Senior Administrative Management Group may also fill any consequential vacancy arising provided that the post itself is already approved in the Central Administrative/Support Areas budget. Decisions to recruit temporary staff to cover short unplanned periods of absence by existing staff in central administrative / support areas, may be taken by the Chief Operating Officer.