Equal opportunities & guaranteed interview scheme

Heriot-Watt University is committed to equal opportunities for all, irrespective of sex, colour, ethnic origin, disability, age, marital status, religious or political beliefs, trade union membership, sexual orientation or any distinction deemed to be irrelevant.

To allow us to monitor our effectiveness, everyone who applies for a position with us is asked to provide equal opportunities information. Please be assured this information will not be used in connection with the recruitment and selection process, and cannot be accessed as part of the pre-screening process.

Our commitment to encouraging applications from people with disabilities

Heriot-Watt University holds the “two ticks” disability symbol, which shows that, as a holder of the disability symbol, we are committed to encouraging applications from people with disabilities.

As part of this commitment, we operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the role. The University is committed to ensuring that candidates with disabilities are able to compete on equal terms with other applicants during the selection process.

As a disability symbol user we make five commitments:

  • We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities.
  • We will make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment.
  • We will ensure there is a mechanism in place to discuss, at any time, but at least once a year, with disabled employees what they can do to make sure they can develop and use their abilities.
  • We will take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make our commitments work.
  • Each year, we will review the five commitments and what has been achieved, and plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans.

Eligibility to work in the UK

UK immigration legislation, in particular the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, is designed to prevent illegal working in the UK. To comply with this, employers are required to carry out document checks on prospective employees to ensure that you are able to demonstrate that you are eligible to work in the UK.

All our vacancies are open to all candidates who meet the relevant criteria and we will not shortlist or make decisions about candidates suitability based on your nationality. However, offers of employment will be made on a conditional basis pending you demonstrating your eligibility to work in the UK.

It is important to note that, if we are unable to make or confirm an offer of employment for a particular vacancy, this does not exclude you from applying for other vacancies. So, please do not assume that if we are unable to offer you a particular job at a particular time because of your lack of eligibility at that point, you will never be eligible to work at Heriot-Watt University.

Disclosure Scotland

Some of our posts require us to carry out either a Standard or Enhanced Disclosure because of the nature of their duties or because of the likelihood that the employee will be working closely with young people or vulnerable adults.

Where a Disclosure is required, it will be clearly stated on the advertisement and in the further particulars for the post. Such posts will be exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

For all other posts, we do encourage you to provide details of any convictions on the equal opportunities form, which is kept confidential within the People & Organisational Development Office and not disclosed to recruiting managers.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily debar you from working at Heriot-Watt University; it will depend on the nature of the position, together with the circumstances and background of any offence disclosed.