Recruitment guide for universities published

A
guide to how universities and colleges should recruit their top staff has been
released.

Published
by Universities UK – in partnership with the Standing Conference of Principals,
the Committee of University Chairmen, the Equality Challenge Unit and the Universities
and Colleges Employers Association – 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 strongly emphasise equal opportunities and diversity.

Other
topics covered include:


Preparing job and person specifications


Identifying shortlist and selection criteria


Working with search consultants


Choosing the right recruitment and selection tools (including how to plan and
conduct an interview)


Communicating with candidates


Candidate confidentiality

Ivor
Crewe, president of Universities UK and vice-chancellor of Essex University
said: “These guidelines are extremely timely. 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. To do that we must recruit our
leaders from the widest possible group of candidates.”

By Quentin Reade

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