Creating your Recruitment Panel

How to create a fair and inclusive recruitment panel

All panel members should have completed the two training modules:

Recruitment and Selection Essentials

Challenging Unconscious Bias

It is also recommended that panel members complete the module:

        Equality and Diversity Essentials

  • Create as diverse a panel as possible. Having a diverse representation of staff on the panel promotes inclusivity, will support a diverse candidate pool and should enable a fair and inclusive decision-making process. You may wish to consider including more junior colleagues on the panel to improve diversity and inclusivity, and/or colleagues from other departments.
  • For academic research recruitment, ensure that the panel members are mindful of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). Panellists must be aware that bias is deeply ingrained in research metrics, and should avoid using journal and funding-based metrics as a proxy measure of the value and quality of individual research.
  • One panel member should be appointed as EDI Champion, to pay keen and close attention to potential bias in the selection process. Nonetheless, all panel members should remain alert to instances of bias and be prepared to challenge each other; it is often easier to spot bias in others than in ourselves.