Priority Candidate Support Scheme Process

The Priority Candidate Support Scheme (PCSS) aims to provide practical support and guidance from a recruitment expert. The scheme is designed to complement the University’s existing arrangements for priority candidates.

Step 1: Once you have expressed the wish to be considered as a Priority Candidate for suitable redeployment opportunities, you should make your department aware and provide an up-to-date copy of your CV.

Step 2: If you would like further support, please contact the Priority Candidate Support Scheme on and attach your priority candidate letter.

(Please note: if you are an academic or researcher, please visit the Careers Service who will be best placed to help you).

Step 3: The PCSS will make contact to explain the service in further detail.

Step 4: In addition to the support provided through PCSS, please use the job application guidance for priority candidates which you can download from the right of this page.

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The Priority Candidate Support Scheme can be contacted by emailing

Once the team have received your email, they will contact you directly either by email or by phone.

Initially you should contact the PCSS to let them know you would like to engage with the service. If your circumstances change and you no longer want to be a part of the scheme please notify PCSS.

All priority candidate applicants who meet the essential requirements or could do so with reasonable retraining or a short period of on-the-job experience should be interviewed.

Whilst the COVID-19 situation drove a faster solution in setting up the PCSS, the Recruitment Project led by the Focus team had already identified that increased support for priority candidates was needed.

The work of the PCSS will be monitored and reviewed during the initial tweleve months as part of the University-wide review of the recruitment freeze and redeployment protocol.

If you are offered a job at one of the colleges (with the exception of Kellogg, St Cross or Reuben which operate as Societies of the University), you will lose your continuous service with the University. Each college acts as an independent employer and has their own terms and conditions, so you would not have priority candidate status if applying for college jobs.

Yes, you are still able to apply for jobs and to be considered a priority candidate even if you are furloughed. We recommend speaking to your Line Manager or equivalent before you are furloughed so they can provide you with a priority candidate letter which you can then easily attach to your application.

If you are offered a role, the salary offered will reflect the role and your experience and skills. When you contact the PCSS, we will discuss your salary expectations to ensure that we notify you of roles that meet your expectations.

Under the University's redundancy procedures, in some circumstances a limited period of salary protection may be available (for example in some cases where a voluntary severance payment has been offered). You should speak to your departmental contact about whether this applies in your case so that the PCSS team can bear that in mind when reviewing possible vacancies.

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