It is recognised that departments will wish to be able to respond (often for key strategic reasons) to unique and serendipitous opportunities to appoint individuals external to the University, for example where a high profile researcher 'comes onto the market' and whose services can be secured by rapid action. Given that the new post would not exist or be set up without the availability of a particular person, departments may make an appointment without advertisement provided that the post is graded in the usual way and, in the case of appointments at RSIV or ALC6, the Senior Appointments Panel has approved the grading, the salary, and appointment without advertisement.
In such cases, approval to dispense with advertising should be sought from University HR (by contacting the relevant HR Business Partner), who will if necessary seek advice from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (People), or the Registrar (for administrative posts), as appropriate, for example in the case of posts that are particularly sensitive from a security perspective.
It is also recognised that in order to retain a member of staff who is subject to the EJRA to work beyond the EJRA where their case would not meet the criteria for an EJRA extension, there maybe cases where departments wish to make a direct appointment to, eg, a grade 9 or 10 post . In these circumstances the relevant HR Business Partner should be consulted, and approval will normally be granted provided that:
i) the duties of the proposed new post are commensurate with the proposed grade; and
ii) funding is available (eg from outside grants) to cover the costs of the proposed new post without proving detrimental to the department’s ability to refill the academic post.
If one or both of these conditions is not fulfilled, or in any other case of doubt, the HR Business Partner will seek advice from the Pro Vice-Chancellor (People).
i) Any local recruitment protocol procedures must be complied with.
ii) If it is proposed to offer Professorial Merit Pay as well as the relevant scale point on grade 9 or 10, a case must be made to the Senior Appointments Panel.
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