Recruitment FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about recruitment at USP College.

Below you will find some answers to our most frequently asked questions. 

How will I know if you have received my application?

All applications will be acknowledged via email notification outlining the next stages of the process.

How soon can I expect to hear the outcome of my application?

Contact will be made via email following the closing date for applications informing you if you have been successful and requested to the next stage. If you are not successful on this occasion, you will be informed via email.

When will references be taken up?

We usually follow up references following an offer; however, we reserve the right to take up references prior to the interview stage. If you do not want us to contact your referees prior to interview please make sure that this is noted in your application.

How do I get feedback if I have been unsuccessful?

We are unable to provide feedback if you have not been shortlisted for interview, however, if you have reached the interview stage and are unsuccessful we will endeavour to provide feedback upon request - please email

I’m having problems with my application. Who can I contact?

Please contact Recruitment Lead, Richard Mills or a member of the Human Resources team on 01268 756 111 email 

I am interested in several jobs you have advertised, can I submit one application for various jobs?

Unfortunately, you cannot apply for various positions with one application. Each job has a specific job description and person specification relevant to that job and it is essential that you tailor your application to the relevant post.

Why do you monitor equality and diversity information and what do you do with the information?

The equality and diversity information which you are asked for when you complete an application form is used to help us monitor the effectiveness of our recruitment. It is not used as part of the decision-making process and the selection panel do not see this information. In addition as a public organisation, we legally have to provide regular statistics about our employees and potential candidates.

Will I have to disclose a criminal record?

Yes, as we are a Further Education College we are exempt under The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This means that all criminal records must be disclosed. This does not mean that having a criminal record will necessarily prevent you from working at the College, each disclosure is case-by-case and will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of the offence. Any information about a previous record needs to be disclosed as soon as an offer of employment is made and will be treated in strict confidence and securely maintained. All members of staff working in the College are required to undergo a DBS check.

Do you keep a list of people interested in employment with USP College?

Yes, we are happy for potential candidates to register their details for future reference. Please forward your CV to  

Where can I find a copy of your equal opportunity policy?

Please click here to view our Equality & Diversity Policy.

Do you reimburse travel expenses incurred for attending interviews?

Unfortunately, we are not able to refund any travel costs incurred for attending interviews.

If you have any further questions please get in touch