Human Resources

Understanding Recruitment, Selection and the Law

An online course about the legal aspects of the recruitment process

About this course

The University’s vision to shape the future by attracting and developing the world’s most promising students and outstanding staff is supported by a robust approach to recruitment and selection. In order to achieve this it is essential that all staff involved in any element of recruitment and selection have a clear understanding of all legal requirements. Whether you are involved in shortlisting for a post or chairing a panel, all staff involved in the recruitment process should complete these online modules.


As a result of completing these modules you will have:

  • Developed an awareness of relevant legislation, the latest legal position and University policy and practice in relation to recruitment and selection.
  • Increased awareness of objective selection, criteria, redeployment and managing recruitment related information.
  • Considered the impact of the Equality Act 2010 and fixed-term workers regulations.
  • Considered the implications of employing those with criminal records.
  • An awareness of the process for employees who will be working with children or vulnerable adults and the rules and procedures surrounding eligibility to work in the UK.

Aimed at

All staff involved in recruitment and selection at the University. This course has a clear legal focus and does not cover the skills required to carry out a recruitment process.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

Time commitment

Completing the module

1-2 hours depending on your approach.

After completing the module

Approximately 1 hour implementing identified actions

How to log in

The course is hosted on the University system Learn.

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How to access courses in Learn

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Further reading

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