7.3 Submitting an application

If you decide to submit an application form, it is important that your application demonstrates how you fully meet the generic person specification and the module person specification for the vacancy that you are applying for. Ensure that you are as full as possible in your application as the selection panel will only consider information on the application and they will shortlist based on your fit to the generic and module person specification.

The digital badge, Statement of Participation, and the learning outcomes from this course can be included to support your application. Read the further guidance [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] on completing the application form, as well as the Generic Person Specification. The Module Person Specification can be found in the module details link attached to each vacancy advert. Once completed, your application should be sent to al-applications@open.ac.uk.

Once an application form has been submitted, receipt of the form is acknowledged by an automated email. As soon as possible after the closing date, applications are considered by the interview panel and a shortlist is drawn up. Shortlisted candidates are then contacted and invited for interview. Applicants who are not shortlisted are not contacted.

If you are invited to an interview this is usually conducted by two members of the OU staff and afterwards you are informed of the outcome of the interview. If you are notified that you are not appointable your application will be terminated. If you are appointable, and there are sufficient student numbers, a contract is sent to you about a month before the start of the module.

If there are not sufficient student numbers, you are still considered to be appointable for up to 36 months and you could be offered a contract for the next presentation of the module.

7.2 Practical steps to help you – vacancies and how to apply

7.4 Equal opportunities