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Frequently asked questions – Bath Spa University

Your questions about working at Bath Spa University and submitting your application answered.

Applying for a job

How do I apply for a vacancy?

All applications must be submitted online – you'll need to register for an account. Visit our application help webpages for more information.

If you have a disability that makes it difficult for you to apply via the website, please email or ring +44 (0)1225 876331 to discuss other options.

Will you accept a late application?

In most circumstances we do not accept late applications. Please email to enquire.

Do I have to complete the equality and diversity section of the application form?

We are committed to the promotion of equality, and elimination of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Bath Spa University believes in the benefits of diverse representation resulting in robust decisions and an inclusive environment.  In order to help achieve this, we ask that you complete the equality and diversity section of the application form.

If you choose to provide information, it will be held confidentially and separately from your application form. Any reporting and monitoring will be anonymous.

What if I need adjustments to attend an interview and/or in the workplace?

A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on your ability to carry out day to day activities.

If you believe there are any changes or adjustments to the job, conditions or environment or hours which you may find beneficial, or you require the University to provide training or special equipment, or other arrangements with regard to your disability and your application for the job, please specify these on the Equality and Diversity section.

What if I can't make the interview date?

Interviews are scheduled by and around the commitments of interview panel, but in exceptional circumstances candidate availability may also be taken into account.  It is also useful to have some idea of your availability to start work, should you be successful.

What is the University policy on relocation?

The University has a policy regarding relocation, if you would like further information please liaise with the hiring manager who can provide further information if applicable.

Can I claim interview expenses?

As a not for profit organisation, we have a duty to ensure we control expenditure and manage expenses appropriately, therefore claims for travel expenses can only be made if you are travelling from outside a 30 mile radius of Bath Spa University.

In line with our Sustainability Policy, we aim to reduce the University's carbon footprint, and therefore the use of public transport is encouraged whenever possible.

Reasonable travelling and accommodation costs will be reimbursed at a rate of 26p per mile for car mileage and up to £75 for one nights' accommodation. Expense claims must be received within 28 days of your interview.

We regret that we are unable to pay towards the air fares of overseas candidates. An interview expenses claim form, which details the terms and conditions, is available from

Will I hear about the outcome of my application?

If you are shortlisted we will contact you via email to invite you to attend an interview. Unsuccessful candidates will also receive an email notifying them of the shortlisting outcome. We aim to try to set up interviews within one month of the closing day.

We appreciate the time and effort applicants put into applying to the University and that those who are not shortlisted may find feedback useful. However, we receive hundreds of applications each year so regrettably do not have the resources to offer feedback to applicants who are not offered an interview. 

Do I need to have a DBS check?

The successful applicant of certain roles will need to undertake an Enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service check.

This will be indicated on the job description and the cost of this clearance is paid for by the University. Where a disclosure if required, the post is considered exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders and therefore all convictions, whether spent or not, will need to be declared.

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