Equality & Diversity: Good Practice in Recruitment
The University of Kent is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and values the diversity of culture among our community of staff and students. We will seek to ensure that all job applicants and staff are treated fairly, with respect and without bias. No applicant or member of staff will be treated less favourably than another because of her or his age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, caring or parental responsibilities, racial group, religious or philosophical beliefs.
The University of Kent will advertise posts outlining the relevant skills, qualifications, knowledge, competencies and experience necessary for the job in order to attract the best applicants. We may, on occasion, decide to take positive action to welcome applications from groups which do not usually apply, or are under represented in the workforce or in the grade being advertised.
The recruitment team will ensure all published job advertisements comply with current equality legislation.
Short-listing and Interviews
The Chair of the short-listing panel will produce a short-list of job applicants who, from the evidence available, appear to have the necessary skills and abilities in relation to criteria stipulated in the job description and person specification.
All staff members who are involved in short-listing or interviewing job applicants, or involved in other selection processes, should be aware of the University’s policies on equality and diversity and ideally have undertaken recruitment and selection training.
The recruitment team will monitor job applications, short-listing, interviewees and appointments for both permanent and temporary positions, with regards to age, ethnic origin, disability, and gender. If monitoring reveals evidence of any form of discrimination, remedial action will be taken to redress it.