Guidance on making a good application

This guidance is primarily written to help those people who are unfamiliar with the University’s job application processes and are interested in applying for one of our Professional Service Staff roles. They are less relevant for those applying for academic or research roles, although may still be useful. 

At Oxford Brookes University, we aim to recruit the best person for the role, i.e. the person who most closely matches the skills and experience set out in the person specification, which is attached to the job description.

To reach the short-listing stage, you will need to demonstrate how you meet all of the essential criteria listed in the person specification. In addition, if we have a high number of strong applicants for a role, we may also use the desirable criteria for short-listing.

If you have a disability or a health condition and require alternative arrangements for your application or interview, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the People Directorate by email

Please read this information carefully - making a good application is likely to improve your chances of success!