The University of Chichester is committed to being and an inclusive employer and the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users of its services, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background. We actively promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential and welcome applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with criminal records. All candidates for interview are selected on the demonstration of skills, qualifications and experience. Having an unspent conviction will not necessarily bar an applicant from employment.
As one of the major employers in Chichester and Bognor Regis and with a Multi-Academy Trust, we recognise our social responsibilities and our position within the local community. We appreciate the important role that continuity of employment can play in the rehabilitation process of ex-offenders when matched with appropriate posts. The specific details of each ex-offender’s case will be considered on an individual basis. In each instance we will review ability to meet the skills and experience requirements of the post and assess the impact of the criminal record upon the needs of the post. This Policy is available to all applicants at the outset of the recruitment process on the recruitment page of the University’s website and to all staff on the HR page of the Staff Intranet.