University of dundee recruitment

University of dundee recruitment


Our Recruitment pages have been designed to highlight our procedures, and offer guidance to University staff so as to ensure they are successful in all Recruitment & Selection activities. Our guidelines comply with all relevant legislation and Equal Opportunities best practice, and will result in the most suitable person being appointed to the vacant post.

Please follow this link to view our Recruitment Guidelines.

Any questions relating to the recruitment of new staff should be directed towards your School or Directorate HR Officer.

Recruitment & Selection


Our goal is to become Scotland’s leading university, celebrated internationally for the quality of our graduates and the impact of our research. In order to reach that goal, we must become a world-class recruiting organisation that successfully attracts, selects and inducts the best possible academic, research, professional and support staff.

There are standards that all Recruiting Managers should follow in order to ensure high-quality hiring decisions and practices. These are based on best practice in the field of recruitment, and reflect our core values:  Valuing People, Working Together, Integrity, Making a Difference, and Excellence.

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In summary, our staff recruitment practices should:

  • Attract and engage the highest quality candidates
  • Enhance our reputation as an employer-of-choice by delivering an outstanding candidate experience to all applicants – both successful and unsuccessful
  • Be fair and consistent
  • Be non-discriminatory and inclusive of people from all walks of life.

Your School/Directorate HR Team are available to help and will be happy to guide you through the recruitment process.   

Our Recruiting Philosophy

Recruiting talented staff is central to our aim of becoming Scotland’s leading University. It is only through the quality of our teaching, research, professional and support staff that we can provide a world-class experience for our students, and deliver teaching and research that transforms lives, locally and globally.

Everyone involved in a recruitment cycle is making potentially life-changing decisions. Recruiting Managers are identifying the people who will make the biggest difference to their teams and help their Directorate or School achieve demanding goals. Candidates are investigating whether the University is an organisation that will support and develop them – and weighing us up against other potential employers. Many candidates are also trying to decide if a role at Dundee is worth relocating from other parts of the world.

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Fair and Rigorous Assessment

We need to use robust assessment methods to identify the strongest candidates. Whether we’re testing for academic excellence or vocational skills, we need to aim for assessment that is both rigorous and rigorously fair. All candidates should have the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise and enthusiasm.

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Great Candidate Experience

Just as importantly, we want Dundee’s friendly, down-to-earth culture to be reflected in our recruiting practices. We want every touchpoint the candidate has with us to be a positive one – from the moment they read a well written and engaging job advert, to visiting the campus for a welcoming and robust interview; from timely assessment feedback to an effective induction. Ultimately we want all our new hires to feel excited about joining us, and for all our candidates to feel good about the University regardless of the outcome of their application.

It is your role as a Recruiting Manager to ensure that we deliver on both of these challenges. The HR team will be on hand to help and advise you, but responsibility for good hiring practice ultimately lies with you.


Legal Framework for Recruiting

There are three type of legislation that you need to be aware of when recruiting.

  • Equal Opportunities
  • Right to Work
  • Data Protection