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How to apply

We are delighted that you are considering a career with The Open University.  All resourcing is handled by our team of dedicated Resourcers who are there to provide support and guidance to candidates and hiring managers throughout the process. We hope you will find these guidelines provide you with the information you need to submit an application and understand our resourcing processes.  If you have any further questions please email

Please note: When submitting a request or query please make sure that your communications include the reference number.

Disabled applicants

The Open University positively welcomes disabled applicants. If you require any adjustments to enable you to attend the interview, please ensure that you contact the Resourcing Hub to discuss your requirements.

Please let us know if you need your copy of the Job Description in a different format to meet your needs. Additional accessibility information for disabled applicants is available from the Resourcing Hub.

Job application guidelines

Details of how to apply for the role will be shown in the advert. The minimum we normally require is the completion of our short application accompanied by your CV.  A covering letter or supporting statement may also be requested.

These guidelines may vary for jobs in our partner organisations and subsidiaries, please refer to individual job details.  Internal jobs which are advertised are only open for applications from current Open University staff and agency staff who are currently working for the Open University.  Please note that these jobs will not be visible outside the University’s network.

You can manage your current applications and view communications through the Candidate Portal.

Covering letter or supporting statement

Job application guideline photoIf requested this should show how you meet the criteria in the person specification.  Please ensure that you provide relevant examples as evidence to support your statements. 

You will also need to ensure that you read the following information listed on the top right hand side of this page (or using the links below):

Curriculum vitae (CV)

Your CV should include details about the following, where applicable:

  • Secondary and higher education (dates, educational establishment, examinations, results/grades and thesis titles if applicable).
  • Other technical, professional or occupational training/courses attended (dates, provider, type of training, subjects studied and qualifications attained).

Membership of Professional Institutes or Societies

Employment history (dates, details of your present and past employers, positions held with brief details of duties, final salary and reason for leaving). Please start with your current or most recent appointment. Remember to include unpaid or voluntary work as well as paid employment.

Details of Relevant Publications (for academic posts)

Please remove any Equal Opportunities information (e.g. age, date of birth, sex, gender, marital status, ethnicity, and religion) from your CV as this is not relevant to your application.


One reference is required for non-academic roles and this should be your current or last employer. Three references are required for academic roles. Written offers are subject to satisfactory reference(s).

Internal applicants only

Where a temporary job of two years or less is established, this will be open to University staff on a secondment basis.

Medical clearance

If you are offered an appointment, this will be made subject to medical clearance from the University’s Occupational Health provider. Once you have received a verbal offer you will be sent a link by email to a health assessment questionnaire and we ask that you complete and submit the questionnaire as soon as possible so that your start date with the University can be formally confirmed once the required clearance is received. You may also be required to attend a medical examination by a registered medical practitioner during your employment with the University, as detailed in your terms and conditions of service.

Data protection

The staff, workers and applicants privacy notice sets out what personal data we collect for these individuals, and how we use it.

Recruitment process feedback

If you have any comments or concerns about any stage of the recruitment process, please write to the Senior Resourcing Account Manager, Resourcing Hub, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA or email, who will look into the matter.

Contact us

If you have any queries or questions about the recruitment process, or regarding your application, please contact:

If you have any feedback regarding the recruitment process, please contact the Senior Resourcing Account Manager who will look into the matter.

Senior Resourcing Account Manager,
Resourcing Hub,
The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes,