Human Resources

Selection procedures for Deans

Further information

  • Selection for Appointment Policy
  • Role of Deans

The Senate, through its Senate Selection Committee, appoints a Dean of each Faculty and determines, in each case, the selection process, terms and conditions of appointment, and the duties and responsibilities of the position.

  1. The Search and Screen Committee
  2. The Senate Selection Committee
  3. Advertising
  4. The search and screen process
  5. The Senate selection process
  6. Authority for approval
  7. Confidentiality

In determining the composition of the Committee, the Vice-Chancellor will seek advice from the Faculty on appropriate representation from the Faculty to ensure balanced perspective, specialised knowledge and equity and gender balance.

The Search and Screen Committee will consist of:

  • Vice-Chancellor (as Chair)
  • Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor
  • Chair of the Academic Board
  • Faculty representation
  • Corresponding Member
  • Associate Director, Equity and Diversity (as observer)
  • Executive Officer

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The Senate Selection Committee

The Senate Selection Committee will consist of:

  • Vice-Chancellor (as Chair)
  • Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor
  • Chair of the Academic Board
  • Member of Senate
  • Faculty representation
  • Corresponding Member from outside the University
  • Associate Director, Equity and Diversity (as observer)
  • Executive Officer

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Advertising

The position will be externally advertised.

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The search and screen process

The Search and Screen Committee is responsible for identifying a short-list of applications for further consideration and shall;

  • Prepare and authorise publication of an advertisement based on selection criteria which directs applicants to address the criteria.
  • Identify potential applicants to whom direct approaches may be made and senior colleagues and acquaintances who may be in a position to identify or recommend potential applicants. Particular attention should be given in the search process to the possibility of identifying qualified female applicants.
  • Authorise approaches to be made to prospective applicants.
  • Review applications received and identify a short-list of candidates with a prima facie case for appointment to the position. Local or known candidates should not be short-listed unless such a case can be made.

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The Senate selection process

The Senate Selection Committee is responsible for carrying out the selection process. Its main responsibility is to assess the relative claims of applicants against the selection criteria and ensure that the best available applicant is recommended for appointment. In order to achieve this the Senate Selection Committee should:

  • Review the search and screening process and conduct a broader search if it is considered necessary.
  • Identify a shortlist of candidates for interview.
  • Determine selection activities. Where the Selection Committee considers it appropriate, one or more candidates may be asked to give a presentation to the faculty. Any evaluation of presentations passed on to the Selection Committee by Faculty representatives must be in the context of the selection criteria for the position.
  • Conduct the formal interviews and review referees' reports.
  • Determine the candidate most suitable for appointment.

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Authority for approval

The Vice-Chancellor will advise the Senate of the Selection Committee's decision.

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Confidentiality

Applications for vacant positions are strictly confidential and access is restricted to members of the Search and Screen and Senate Selection Committees.

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