“UAL interviews over 1,000 applicants and appoints over 300 new colleagues every year. To select the best person for the job we need our interview panels to include staff from diverse backgrounds who can draw on a broad range of perspectives.”
Stephen Reid, Pro-Vice Chancellor Strategic Development and UAL Race Champion.
Executive Board has set an objective that by September 2015 all UAL interview panels will include staff from diverse ethnic backgrounds. To support this, the Diversity Team and HR are recruiting staff volunteers for the en>route Interview Panellist Pool.
The Pool will be made up of staff from black, asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds who are trained to participate in recruitment panels across UAL. The Pool is open to all staff from under-represented BAME backgrounds who have worked at UAL for more than nine months.
Members of the Pool will be asked to participate in two to three recruitment panels each year. The pool will be available for all recruiting managers to use from summer 2015.
As well as supporting improvements in recruitment practices, members of the Pool will gain a range of professional development opportunities, such as:
- Participation in the ‘Selecting the Best’ course which provides in-depth training in recruitment and selection.
- Learning about how different departments work and their priorities when recruiting new staff.
- Working closely with senior managers and department heads.
- The satisfaction of helping to appoint a new colleague.