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Call for volunteers: Fair Recruitment Specialists 2019

24 May 2019

UCL staff and students at a Black History Month stall in the Cloisters

Feedback from departments has been that it is often difficult to have sufficient ethnic diversity on panels, however, as black and minority ethnic (BME) staff are under-represented in certain roles and grades at UCL. To address this, we are now into the third year of creating a pool of highly-trained Fair Recruitment Specialists, who will bring very valuable input into recruitment activity across UCL.

We have over 50 trained Fair Recruitment Specialists but only 20% of this pool identify as male staff. As a result, we are really keen to hear from men in particular in this recruitment round.

The benefits of becoming a Fair Recruitment Specialist include:

  • Playing an important role in decision-making at the University
  • Being provided with high-level training (to take place July 2019)
  • Building new relationships in other parts of UCL
  • Demonstrating an ‘enabling’ activity that can be recognised in promotion
  • Boosting your CV and profile at UCL
  • Helping UCL meet its aspirations on equality, diversity and inclusion

We are specifically looking for staff who meet the following criteria:

  • Are from a self-defined black and minority ethnic, or other culturally under-represented background. Our aim is to bring visible diversity to our recruitment panels.
  • Are in a role that potentially has wide-ranging relevance across the institution, for example (but not limited to): programme administrators, administrative managers, admissions tutors, departmental tutors, pastoral staff, lab managers and central professional services roles that involve a lot of variety and cross-departmental working
  • Can commit to being on up to 3 recruitment panels per calendar year

The role of the Fair Recruitment Specialists is to help select the best candidate possible whilst making sure that best practice in non-biased recruitment is followed throughout the process.

It is voluntary for panels to opt to include a Fair Recruitment Specialist but if they choose to do so, it will be on the agreement that the Specialist plays a full and equal part in the decision-making.

To register your interest in becoming a Fair Recruitment Specialist, please fill out this

and return it the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team.

A member of the EDI Team will then contact you to discuss the role. Once mutually agreed that the role is suitable, the Specialists will be required to seek the support of their manager for undertaking the role, before they are booked onto the relevant training.

Mandatory training will take place between the end of June and mid July. Dates to be confirmed as soon as possible.