Application process

Office for Students is committed to the principles and practice of diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, as well as individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Please contact us if you anticipate needing any reasonable adjustments for any stage of the application and selection process.

Stage One: Registering and Creating an Account

If you are not already registered with GatenbySanderson, you will need to create an account at by clicking the ‘Register’ button. Complete the details on the registration form and choose a password. Please note that your username is the email address you have provided. Keep these safe as you will need your account details to receive messages from us securely.

Once you have set up an account, you can log in at any time using your email address and the password you have created.

We’ll communicate with you throughout the process via notification messages in your account. We’ll send you emails to alert you to a new message, but you will need to login to your account to access it. Occasionally, these messages can go into your spam folder, so please check this regularly. This is to protect your privacy.

Stage Two: Availability for Interview

You will be asked to provide details of any dates on which you are unavailable for interview throughout the process. Full details on the expected timetable can be found on the relevant listing on the “Apply” page, but please note these are subject to change. 

The more notice we have of any potential availability issues, the greater the chance of our ability to offer flexibility.

Stage Three: How to Apply

Your application must consist of the following:

  • An up to date copy of your CV
  • A supporting statement of no more than three sides of A4 explaining your motivation for applying for the role, and providing specific examples that demonstrate your ability to meet the essential and desirable criteria found in the Person Specfication.

Stage Four: Equal Opportunities Monitoring

You will next be asked to complete an online Equal Opportunities monitoring form. Information provided will be treated as strictly confidential and held securely in line with data protection and other relevant legislation and will be used for monitoring purposes only.

Stage Five: Contact Information, Existing Commitments and References

In the ‘Apply’ section of the online process, we will also ask you to complete some additional online sections, including: full name and contact information; and names and contact details for two referees (please note we shall NOT approach these individuals without your prior consent, and referencing will take place for candidates progressed through to final panel interviews).

We strongly recommend that you allow enough time to complete and submit your application, as expressions of interest will NOT be accepted after this deadline.

How We Will Handle Your Application

We’ll deal with your application as quickly as possible.

Once you have submitted your application through the website, you will receive an email acknowledgement. If you do not receive this, please contact Matt Malone or Laura Turley at GatenbySanderson before the deadline for submission.

Your application will be assessed against criteria in the Person Specification and the requirements for the post. It is important that you provide as much detail as possible and provide specific and detailed examples to demonstrate how you meet each criterion (including what you did to achieve a specific result).

You will be advised of the outcome of your application by e-mail.

Reasonable adjustments will be made for candidates with disabilities who progress to the interview stage. If you have any specific queries and requests, please let GatenbySanderson know by emailing Matt Malone or Laura Turley.

During the application and interview processes, we’ll ask you to provide details of any information about yourself which could bring into question your eligibility or ability to perform the role, or which might damage the reputation of Office for Students if made public. We will conduct checks on this information, including all information in the public domain, on social and other media. Where checks reveal information that might affect your suitability for appointment, candidates will be given an opportunity to discuss the information before a course of action is decided upon.