Information for Candidates

General Information for Candidates

Candidates should note that canvassing will disqualify and will result in their exlusion from the competition. Candidates may be required to produce documentary evidence to support any statements made by them on their application form or any supporting documentation. Candidates should note that inaccurate information will invalidate their application.

For further information relating to the composition and role of the Selection Committee from advertising to interview stage please view the appointment regulations on the OCLA website

For information on Cork, see the Cork City Council's webpages


Non-EEA Applicants

Before you can enter employment in UCC you must ensure you have a valid work authorisation and must be able to supply proof of the right to work in Ireland .

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals have the right to work in Ireland,  and UCC is obliged by European law to appoint people who are citizens of those countries where possible. Most research posts are exempt from this restriction, and many international researchers will be eligible for a hosting agreement. Academic and administrative staff with an annual salary of €60,000 or more may be eligible for a critical skills permit.  Some roles with a salary of under €60,000 may be eligible for a permit, if the posts is on the highly skilled occupation list. 

Where there is no skills shortage for a particular post, it is highly unlikely that a work authorisation would be granted.


Citizens of certain countries require a visa to travel to Ireland. Further information is available on INIS website

Candidate FAQs

1. How do I know when vacancies arise within the University?

All  vacancies are advertised on the UCC Recruitment Portal which is available on the following link: 

**University College Cork staff, please note that to apply for vacancies and view Internal vacancies you must be LOGGED in with your UCC EMPLOYEE SELF SERVICE account. 


2. How do I apply?

Candidates are required to complete the online application process by filling in the relevant information into each section. More information on how to complete this can be found on the following documents:

External Applicants E-Recruitment Manual

Internal Applicants E-Recruitment Manual


3. Is my application confidential?

Yes, applications are treated in strict confidence, subject to the provision of the Freedom of Information Act 1997 and 2003, the Data Protection Act 1998 and 2003, and the provisions set out in the University Appointment Procedures.


4. Will I receive an Acknowledgement?

Yes, once you have submitted your application an automatic acknowledgement will be sent to the email address provided. Please be sure to check Spam and Junk folders as it may be redirected here by your account preferences. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your application form within 24 hours please contact  


5. Can you explain the shortlisting process?

A Selection Committee (Interview Board)is put in place in advance of a post being advertised. The size and role of the Selection Committee for a post will depend on the level and nature of the position advertised. This Selection Committee is then responsible for drafting the shortlist report having considered all applications. Shortlisting will generally take place 2 - 4 weeks after the closing date for receipt of applications however this will largely depend on the size and availability of the Selection Committee and the number of applications received.


6. When am I notified if I am shortlisted for interview?

Following shortlisting, you will be contacted by the email you provided on application to inform you of the outcome of your application. There will normally be a minimum of three weeks notice if you are invited to interview.


7. When will my referees be contacted?

References listed on application form will be contacted following shortlisting. 


8. Who will be on the Selection Committee (Interview Board)?

The composition of the Board will depend on the level and nature of the position being applied for. Administrative posts will normally have a maximum of four interviewers on a Board, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer positions will normally have four to six interviewers on a Board and Professorship posts will normally have a maximum of nine interviewers on a Board. Please refer to the policies outlined in the “General Information” below for more detailed information.


9. What else may be required?

You may be required to give a presentation/seminar if you are attending interview for Academic positions. A small number of administrative positions may also require this. You will receive details of this requirement when you are being invited to interview. 


10. When will I receive notification following interviews?

Upon completion of all of the interviews, the Selection Committee will make their recommendations which must then be approved by the President and/or Director of Human Resources. Candidates will be informed in writing of the outcome of the interview as soon as possible thereafter. We would endeavour to contact candidates within two weeks of the interview date.


11. What do I do when I receive my success letter?

The successful candidate will be asked to inform the Department of Human Resources of their intention to accept the position within a specific timeframe ( a maximum of two weeks). If the candidate accepts the position, a start date and salary would then be agreed at this point and a contract of employment is then prepared.


12. What happens after I return my signed contract of employment?

We will take a copy of the contract and return the original to you. You are required to submit your original birth certificate and your examination results in order to confirm identity and verify examination results. You will also need to organize a medical check if you are being appointed to a permanent post


13. Can I receive feedback in relation to my application?

Yes. Feedback requests should be directed to the Department of Human Resources by email. Candidates will normally be responded to via email within two weeks of the request.

Human Resources

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