Guidelines launched for recruitment in higher education

New
recruitment guidelines to promote wider access to top university jobs have been
published.

The
guidelines emphasise the importance of selecting the right people to lead in
higher education as the sector faces increasing and complex challenges.

Published
by Universities UK, Appointing Senior Managers in Higher Education: A Guide to
Best Practice aims to support individual higher education institutions in
adopting best practice recruitment and selection procedures at senior
management level, and in developing a more diverse pool of future leaders in
higher education.

The
guidelines also strongly emphasise equal opportunities and diversity.  A key recommendation is the improvement of
the rigour and transparency of senior management appointments, and to ensure a
diverse pool of senior managers.

Other
topics covered include: preparing job and person specifications; identifying
shortlist and selection criteria; working with search consultants; and choosing
the right recruitment and selection tools (including how to plan and conduct an
interview).

Ivor
Crewe, president of Universities UK and vice-chancellor of Essex University,
said: “Universities are moving into a new era, and we need to ensure that it is
the very best of the very best who are leading and managing UK higher
education."

By Mike Berry

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