Recruitment Guide for Hiring Students

This guide for University staff on recruiting students includes links to HR resources and details of University internship schemes.

Employing students is mutually beneficial for students and the University. Staff benefit from an enthusiastic and flexible workforce, with different skills and perspectives at an affordable cost. Students benefit from valuable, supported and paid work experience that fits around their studies, develops their employability and can strengthen their affinity with the University. 

Students can work on a part-time basis during semester and full-time during vacation (if you're an international student, check for any visa restrictions). They are highly capable and can support a wealth of projects and tasks, for example:  

  • marketing and communications  
  • event support and management  
  • research projects   
  • outreach and peer support  
  • project support 

If your opportunity for students is very short term, you may be considering whether or not it is a paid role. The University has developed guidance on recognising and rewarding students that will help you decide.

Preferred practice on recognising and rewarding students

Employ.ed Supported Internship Programmes 

The Careers Service runs internship programmes for Undergraduate students and PhD students, more information can be found by following the links below:   

Employ.ed on Campus 

Employ.ed for PhDs 

Please note: If you are a staff member working at Information Services Group (ISG), get in touch with Unitemps to learn more about your hiring options:


Recruitment Process

Step 1 – Work Requirements
  • How many hours of work is needed? 
  • Is there a deadline for this project? 
  • What should be the duration of the project?  
  • Have you secured funding for this project? Contact your budget holder for approval. You can find more information on the University’s pay scales here
  • What skills would you like the student to have? 
  • Make a note of the job responsibilities that you require for this project/ role 
  • Contact the HR team in your area for any School/ Department specific recruitment processes 


Step 2– Type of Employment 

Now is the time to identify the type of employment that would suit your needs. 

Frequently asked questions