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Thank you for considering Aston University. We think we have a lot to offer positive, team-spirited, ambitious people like you. We’re much more than a thriving Higher Education institution; we’re a world-class organisation using research and teaching to bring positive change to business, commerce and government, while opening up professional careers to talented students, regardless of background.

We’re right at the heart of Birmingham, one of Europe’s liveliest and most welcoming cities, on a friendly and green 40-acre campus with excellent facilities. Working at Aston University, you’ll enjoy a competitive salary, great benefits and fantastic development opportunities.

Over 1,900 formally contracted people work at the University in a wide variety of professional, technical, academic, manual and clerical roles. We recruit to fill vacancies as they arise so please check our website regularly for the most recent opportunities.

Covid-19 has posed significant challenges globally and Aston University is no exception.  Aston University is extremely proud of the commitment and hard work demonstrated by all of its employees in these times of adversity. On behalf of the Aston University community, we would like thank all of Aston’s key workers for providing essential services and support to our staff and students.

We have published a flipbook in which you can read about the challenges that the teams have faced and how they have overcome them. Once again, we thank you for all your dedication and hard work.

You can find the latest opportunities by clicking on View Current Vacancies link on this page.

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How to apply for a vacancy

Once you've found a role that matches your skills and experience, click the Apply Online button. You’ll be asked to register and set up an account or log into your existing account if you've already created one.

The online application screens are designed to collect the information that is required from you in a clear and structured way. Please ensure that you complete all of the fields. Help will be available to guide you through the form.

You can complete your application in stages and you can login/logout at any time. You will be able to save and edit your application at any point BEFORE submission. Only when you have submitted your completed application will our recruiting managers be able to see it.

The system does allow you to upload your CV. However this should be in addition to – not instead of – completing the online application screens.

The job details and university information are written to provide you with a clear understanding of the role and skills, knowledge and experience you need to fill it. Please use these as the main points of reference when completing the application screens.

In the final section, please write a statement to support your application. Think about any relevant skills and experience you’ve not already referred to.  These don’t have to be from current or previous roles; they can be taken from non-work related activities.

The email address you provide in your application should be one you use regularly, because that’s how we’ll keep in touch with you throughout the process. 

All online applications must be received by midnight on the closing date. The day after submission, you’ll receive an acknowledgement email.

Once you have submitted your application, you can view it at any time, along with the job details and university information. Just log into your account and visit the 'My Applications' area. You will not be able to amend your application once you have submitted it.

If you do not have access to the internet, telephone the HR Helpdesk on 0121 204 4500, leaving your name, address and a contact number. If you know the reference number for the job you’re interested in, please also leave this in your message. We will send you a paper application form. These must be received before midday on the closing date. 

Please note that CVs will only be accepted if accompanied by a completed application form. 

Once the selection panel have assessed all applicants, we’ll get in touch, by email, to let you know the outcome.

Please email jobs@aston.ac.uk if you need further assistance, and the best of luck.

What happens if the role I am applying for requires a DBS check?

As part of our employee recruitment processes, Aston University use an umbrella body called First Advantage (FADV) OnlineDisclosures to process and interpret the results of DBS applications.  First Advantage provide a comprehensive DBS service with full UK coverage, including Disclosure Scotland DBS checking service. 

If your role requires a DBS check, HR will arrange for you to have access to an online application via a simple and easy-to-use online portal that links to the DBS.  We will communicate the results of your check through the online portal. This will then be stored electronically on your Core Employee Record for the period that the DBS is required.  The DBS certificate will be sent directly to your home address by DBS. 

Further details relating to GDPR and how your data is stored by First Advantage can be found here.

What is the guaranteed interview scheme?

Aston University is a Disability Confident Committed Employer Level 1: Disability Confident Committed - GOV.UK.  If you have a disability and you meet the essential criteria for the role you applied for, you are guaranteed an interview.

Employment of Ex-Offenders

Our policy exists to ensure we treat all applicants who have a criminal record fairly and do not discriminate unfairly against candidates with either a spent or an unspent conviction. At the same time the policy is here to safeguard the University, our staff, students, visitors and service users.  The policy explains how we will seek information from you about past spent and unspent convictions, how this information will be used, and how we will deal with information relating to offences for posts exempted under the ROA.

Visas and Immigration

Aston University is an ‘A’ rated sponsor. As a result, we are able to sponsor individuals to come and work at the University. We are only able to sponsor employees and roles that meet the criteria laid down by UK Visas and Immigration. If you are interested in a role at Aston, but require Sponsorship to obtain a work visa, please visit the UKVI’s website for the up to date criteria:  

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Homepage 

You can also view information related to Brexit on our dedicated page.

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As part of our employee recruitment processes, Aston University use an umbrella body called First Advantage (FADV) OnlineDisclosures to process and interpret the results of DBS applications.  First Advantage provide a comprehensive DBS service with full UK coverage, including Disclosure Scotland DBS checking service. 

If your role requires a DBS check, HR will arrange for you to have access to an online application via a simple and easy-to-use online portal that links to the DBS.  We will communicate the results of your check through the online portal. This will then be stored electronically on your Core Employee Record for the period that the DBS is required.  The DBS certificate will be sent directly to your home address by DBS. 

Further details relating to GDPR and how your data is stored by GBG can be found here.