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					School of Engineering & Applied Science



        FURTHER PARTICULARS
               KTP Associate
  (Radio-Frequency Identification Consultant)
        School of Engineering & Applied
        Science/Hazlin of Ludlow Limited
              (2 years fixed term)


                     Ref: R090257



Closing date for receipt of applications: 18 September 2009




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ASTON UNIVERSITY
Aston University is undergoing a period of rapid change aimed at
delivering its aspiration to be a top ten UK university within five years.

The university has a three strand mission to deliver:
   excellent learning experiences for our students;
   founded on internationally recognised, relevant research;
   while making a significant contribution to the wider community
      through knowledge transfer, support for businesses and the
      public sector, outreach and widening participation.

Aston’s research and teaching, in business and management,
engineering and applied science, life and health sciences, languages
and the social sciences, has a strong focus on relevance to business,
the public sector, the professions and contemporary society.

Founded in 1895 as the Birmingham Municipal Technical School and a
University since 1966, Aston has an established record of academic
excellence.
      Aston’s research quality is internationally recognized. In the Research
       Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, 45% of our research was classed
       as internationally excellent or world leading. Aston submitted 88% of
       staff as research active, of whom 29% were early career researchers.
       This demonstrates Aston’s inclusive research culture and commitment
       to the future. All four units of assessment submitted to the RAE2008
       ranked in the top 12 in the UK (based on percentage of research
       classed as 3* or 4*)
      There are currently just over 8,000FTE students at Aston including
       around 21% International/Overseas students.
      Applications for places are buoyant with more than 8 applicants for
       each undergraduate place and strong demand for taught postgraduate
       masters programmes. Applications have grown by more than 20% in
       the last four years.
      The majority of Aston’s degree programmes are focused on subjects of
       professional and vocational relevance. Most programmes integrate
       work experience through industrial, professional or language
       placement. This leads to professional accreditation as well as
       improving employment prospects of students.
      Aston has an excellent graduate employment record. For over 20
       years, Aston has featured in the top 5 UK universities for the proportion
       of graduates entering employment within 6 months of graduation.
       Currently 83% of Aston graduates enter employment within six months
       of graduating compared with a national average of less than 70%. 77%
       of those graduates entered graduate-level jobs (UK average c. 63%)
      The University campus, together with Aston Science Park, occupies a
       green and leafy 60-acre site right in the heart of Birmingham, the UK's
       second city. Our attractive estate has the physical capacity to
       accommodate our intended expansion.
      The University is financially sound operating a balanced budget while
       investing heavily in the academic and physical infrastructure. Over the
       last ten years over £50m has been invested in student residences and
       academic facilities. In Summer 2008, work began on a £214m project

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        to transform the campus and provide 2400 new en-suite bedrooms,
        taking the total on site to over 3000.
       In the 2008 university league tables Aston was ranked 15 th by The
        Times, 12th in The Good University Guide and 18th in The Guardian.

Current and Future Plans
Aston is in an exciting growth phase. Under the dynamic leadership of a new
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Julia King, who was appointed in December 2006,
the University launched the Aston 2012 strategy in 2008. The University's
strategic objectives remain based on the following broad principles, and much
progress has already been made in these areas.

   The expansion of student numbers at undergraduate and postgraduate
    levels, to a total student body of around 10,000 FTEs by 2012 while
    enhancing academic standards. Of these we anticipate around 25% will be
    international/overseas students
   Further enhancement of learning and teaching quality through innovation
    in methods, modes and approaches. Introduction of new academic
    programmes for undergraduates, postgraduates and for professionals
    seeking lifelong learning opportunities.
   The development of strong industrial engagement in our learning and
    teaching activities at all levels from our Foundation Degree Centre through
    to PhD programmes and Executive Education.
   The pursuit of research excellence in focussed areas including:
    neuroscience, vision science, an interdisciplinary approach to ageing,
    bioenergy and sustainability, neural networks, strategy; effective
    organisations, forensic linguistics, diversity and cross-cultural leadership.
   Enhanced focus on contribution to the economic regeneration of the
    Birmingham and West Midlands region through, business partnerships,
    spin out companies and licensing of IP developed at the University,
    together with closer working relationships with Aston Science Park and
    consultancy.
   Community engagement and outreach, eg through student volunteering,
    sponsorship of two Birmingham Academies and links with other local
    schools.
   Major re-development of student residences through a strategic
    partnership which will result in the creation of a new student village on
    campus with around 3,000 all en-suite rooms, alongside sports, leisure,
    social and retail facilities. The partnership will also deliver a substantial
    investment fund available to the University for strategic investments over
    the next ten years.

Aston University is only a few minutes' walk away from the centre of
Birmingham. Britain's second city is flourishing due to a period of regeneration
and growth and is internationally recognised as a leader in leisure,
entertainment, business and sport with facilities to match. The city centre is a
fusion of attractive squares, modern shopping arcades, diverse pubs and
restaurants, and fine museums, theatres and art galleries.

How is Aston organised?
The Vice-Chancellor, as the principal academic and executive officer, is
supported by the Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor and three Pro-Vice-Chancellors.

The academic activity of the University is organised in four Schools of Study.
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   ASTON BUSINESS SCHOOL
        o EXECUTIVE DEAN:                  Professor Mike West

   SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING & APPLIED SCIENCE
        o EXECUTIVE DEAN:      Professor Robert Berry

   SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES & SOCIAL SCIENCES
        o EXECUTIVE DEAN:     Professor Pam Moores

   SCHOOL OF LIFE & HEALTH SCIENCES
        o EXECUTIVE DEAN:       Professor Martin Griffin

In addition there is a vigorous cross-School Combined Honours programme
co-ordinated by the Interdisciplinary Studies department, and directed by
Dr Roy Smith. The unit accommodates a new life-long learning programme
established with the support of the Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull
Lifelong Learning Network.

The academic activities are supported by Support Services as follows.

   CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER’S DEPARTMENT
    comprising:      Estates & Facilities
                     Human Resources
                     Information Systems Aston
                     Registry and Planning Services
                     Student Services
                     Safety Office

   FINANCE AND BUSINESS SERVICES
    comprising:      Conference Aston
                     Catering Services
                     Finance Services
                     Purchasing

   SENIOR PRO-VICE-CHANCELLOR’S OFFICE
    comprising:       Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Business Partnerships and
                      Knowledge Transfer
                             Business Partnership Unit
                      Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Relations
                      Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning & Teaching
                      Innovation
                             Centre for Learning Innovation and
                             Professional Practice
                      Development & Alumni Relations Office
                      Library & Information Services
                      Marketing Department
                      Research Support Office

Some Statistics
   Staff:
             o almost 400 academic and research staff and 850 support staff

   Students:
         o approximately 7,900 full-time, 900 part-time and distance
             learning students


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               o over 6,900 undergraduates, 1,350 taught postgraduates, and
                 260 research postgraduates
               o 48% female/52% male
               o 60% of the undergraduate population enrolled on courses
                 incorporating a period of off-campus practical training in the UK
                 or abroad.


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THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING & APPLIED SCIENCE (SEAS)

Structure
The School of Engineering and Applied Science was formed in 1998 as part
of a University-wide academic reorganisation from a departmental and faculty
structure to a School structure. The School has much more autonomy than
the previous Faculty over, inter alia, its collective budgets, policies, initiatives
and plans. The internal structure of SEAS is set up as a matrix, which is
intended to encourage the formation of new research and/or teaching links
between previously unrelated areas. A member of staff may therefore choose
to join a research group whose composition is markedly different from that of
the Subject Group through which other professional activities are arranged.

SEAS is led by the appointed Executive Dean, Professor Robert Berry, and
operates through four key committees - School Board, Management
Committee, Teaching Committee and Research Committee. The Executive
Dean is supported by four appointed Associate Deans with the following areas
of overall responsibility: Research (Professor David Lowe), Undergraduate
Programmes (Dr Trevor Oliver), Postgraduate Programmes and CPD (Dr
Edward Elsworth), External Relations (Dr John Fletcher). Underpinning this
structure are six Subject Groups, with considerable discipline-specific
responsibilities:

            Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (CEAC)
            Engineering Systems and Management (ESM)
            Computer Science (CS)
            Electronics Engineering (EE)
            Mathematics (Maths)
            Mechanical Engineering and Design

Programme Management Committees, within each Subject Group, have
devolved responsibility for the design, delivery and operation of particular
programmes.

These bodies report through the School's Committees to the SEAS Board.
Thus the characteristics of the individual disciplines are sustained and
developed within the single integrated structure of the School.

                                                          Professor J King
                                                          Vice Chancellor


                                                          Professor R Berry
                                                           Executive Dean


     Group                            Dr E Elsworth                Prof D Lowe            Dr T Oliver       Dr J Fletcher
     Heads                          Associate Dean, P/G        Assoc Dean, Research   Associate Dean, U/G   Assoc Dean, Ext Rels
                                       Programmes                                        Programmes

             Professor A Hornung      P/G Programme                Research Groups      U/G Programme
                    CEAC                 Directors                                         Directors


              Professor G Tansley      Programme                                          Programme
                    ME+D               Committees                                         Committees


              Professor I Nabney
                      CS


              Professor I Bennion
                      EE


               Dr Peter Hedges
                    ESM




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Research
The School of Engineering and Applied Science specialises in applicable
research addressing future societal needs: sustainability, bio-energy,
knowledge engineering, complex systems studies, superfast high bandwidth
communications and assistive technologies in biomedicine. We want to
address basic questions with high human impact:
       How can we simulate model, predict and control uncertain complex
        systems with partial knowledge?
       How do we engineer superior optically based communication and
        sensing technologies?
       How can we apply chemistry to construct materials and products for
        use in biotechnology, nanotechnology and medicine.
       How can we harness biosciences as a source of renewable energy
        and raw materials for industry? How can we create a more
        sustainable future?
       How can we engineer improved health systems and technologies?
From new hardware technologies to developments in algorithms for smart
data processing, our Engineering research is at the core of modern society
developments. Photonics research focuses on ultra fast optical transmission
and processing in fibre designed optic components. Flexible and powerful
principles of fibre optic sensing are also being used to detect physical and
chemical properties of living cells. Synthetic chemistry is being utilised to
construct novel ‘designer’ materials that interact with biological molecules,
cells and more complex biological systems. Biomedical engineering research
is investigating smart systems for monitoring, diagnosis and micro-surgical
tool solutions for use in medicine and surgery practice. Sophisticated
mathematical and computational approaches are being developed for
transportation, environmental, eHealth and communication domains, and work
on thermal biomass conversion applies chemical engineering science and
technology to the design and development of new products and processes
that will enable society to have less harmful environmental impact.

RAE 2008
In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, the School was praised for its
substantial submission (nearly 60 researchers: 86% of the academic staff)
with a well-articulated strategy. Over 40% of the research outputs were in the
internationally excellent to world leading range (3* and 4*). Overall, EAS were
12th out of 49 institutions in the General Engineering panel on a volume-
weighted quality ranking.

The reviewers commented further: "There is good evidence for achievement
of the objectives set out in RAE 2001, and steady growth since then, both in
staff numbers and in research income. Development of new research areas
was also to be commended. There have been significant enhancements in
research infrastructure, and there was strong engagement with industry, and
commercialisation of research, by all research groups. There was excellent
training and support for research students, and evidence of prizes won by
research students at international conferences."


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Research Groups
There are currently nine primary research groups in the School, with some
that are long established and are internationally renowned.

Current Primary Research Groups:
   Adaptive Communication Networks Research Group (ACNRG)
   Bioenergy Research Group (BERG)
   Biomaterials and Biomolecular Sciences Research Group (BBSRG)
   Biomedical Engineering Research Group
   European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)
   Knowledge Engineering Group (KEG)
   Neural Computing Research Group (NCRG)
   Polymer Research Group
   Photonics Research Group (PRG)
   Sustainable Environment Research Group (SERG)

The mapping of the research groups onto the subject groups is as follows:

       Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
        o Bioenergy Research Group (BERG)
        o European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)
        o Biomaterials and Biomolecular Sciences Research Group
        o Polymer Research Group

       Mechanical Engineering and Design (ME+D)
        o Biomedical Engineering Research Group

       Engineering Systems and Management (ESM)
        o Sustainable Environment Research Group (SERG)

       Computer Science (CS)
        o Knowledge Engineering Group (KEG)
        o (and part of NCRG)

       Electronics Engineering (EE)
        o Photonics Research Group (PRG)
        o Adaptive Communication Networks Research Group (ACNRG)

       Applied Mathematics
        o Neural Computing Research Group (NCRG)
          (which also overlaps into Computer Science)

Selected Highlights
Selected highlights include:

         dispersion-managed communication techniques and fibre-grating
          techniques for dispersion control and sensor systems, leading to
          the establishment of new commercial ventures;
         the first robotic surgical tool able to control tool–point interaction in
          flexible tissues to clinical trial;
         spin-out companies, Astosomes and Lipisure, to exploit our
          patented amphiphilic nanostructure technology in clinical
          applications;
         a world-leading patented pyrolysis process piloted in a 20 kg/h unit;


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         a (patented) breakthrough in digital steganography, embedding up
          to an order of magnitude more information in a time series, such as
          an MP3 file, for given distortion and noise levels.
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At the School level over the past four years we have expanded our activities
in biomedical engineering and management, and created new research teams
in knowledge engineering, adaptive communication networks, and sustainable
environment. We are seeking to continue to expand our research work
especially in the fields of nanoscale engineering, bioenergy, complexity
science and supply chain management/logistics. We are in the process of
establishing a European Bioenergy Research Institute. The University has
made an initial investment of £0.5M in the early development of this project
which will include a demonstration site developed with Aston Science Park
and AWM.

Research Facilities
Across the School there are facilities dedicated for student use, and all
students are supplied with individual computers and working space. In
addition to local computing infrastructure, all staff and students have access
to the School's existing 144-processor Cray XD1 and a recently installed 256
node SGI cluster computer.

Over the past 4 years there have been significant enhancements to the
research infrastructure in the School with a total value in excess of £6M.
       SRIF2 funding (£600k) was used to purchase a 144-processor Cray
          XD1 for cross-School research. Another cross-School cluster
          computer, a 256 node high performance SGI machine (£140k) has
          been installed. 3 medium-sized computer clusters have been
          installed in the past four years (£130k from the Wolfson Foundation,
          AWM and the EU) to support the NCRG computing requirements;
       SRIF2 funding (£1.2M) was also used to create a new suite of
          laboratories for micro/nano fabrication technologies for application
          at multiple scales: the whole body, tissues, and cells;
       £670k of SRIF funds was invested to purchase an X-ray
          photoelectron spectrometer and an electron spectrometer;
       a 100m2 cleanroom for the Photonics Research Group has been
          constructed and equipped using AWM and SRIF funding (£400k);
       over £1.5M, primarily from HEFCE and AWM, has supported the
          creation of a state-of-the-art analytical laboratory for CEAC;
       The School is investing heavily with £2M of SRIF3 funding to
          upgrade the infrastructure of the Electronics Research Group and
          support its diversification into nanoscale and health applications of
          photonics

In addition to this, the School has a range of specialised facilities which are
resourced by each separate research or subject group through direct contract
funds to support specific research activities in EAS.

Funding for Research
General Funding
      The School was awarded a total of £7.3M in 2006/7 (including a
         platform grant). The source of this money is primarily the UK
         funding councils and particularly EPSRC, EU funding, some
         industrial funding and some support from charities, the Royal
         Society and Leverhulme, with some additional funding obtained
         from AWM.

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The bulk of this funding supports specific research group projects. Some
directed research student support is through research projects, and research
students are supported through private finance, the Doctoral Training Account
and School bursaries. Additionally, the School has been successful in CASE
awards supporting PhD students (9 CASE awards last year).

DTA
The School receives significant Doctoral Training Account finance directly
related to its EPSRC research council supported projects.
The amount awarded to the School for the past 7 years for studentships is as
follows:

2008/09 - £270,255 plus £15,918 for enhanced stipends
2007/08 - £237,648
2006/07 - £180,771
2005/06 - £168,217
2004/05 - £234,351
2003/04 - £175,867
2002/03 - £171.807.

Commercialisation and Third Stream
IP is exploited in partnership with the Business Partnership Unit (set up in
2002), which manages patenting, licensing, and setting up of spin-out
companies based on selected research innovations. We have secured
industrial funding for much of our research including direct funding since 2001
(>£2M), 50 CASE studentships (>£3.5M) and 23 KTPs (>£2.78M). 9 spin-out
companies have been set up since 2001 and 3 more are under consideration.
Evidence for our success in working with users comes from prizes. At
regional level, EAS industrial research has been selected as a finalist in the
Lord Stafford awards 5 times, winning it 3 times. We have received a national
KTP award, and Aston is the only university in the UK to be a prize-winner in
both years of the EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Challenge.

Governance:
Research Strategy Committee
Implementation and monitoring of research strategy is the role of the School’s
Research Strategy Committee, chaired by the Associate Dean of Research
and composed of six strongly research-active staff from across the School.
The intention is that these staff should be broadly representative of the activity
across the School and individually they should act as local points of contact
with individual staff members to seek and give information. In addition, the
Research Strategy Committee has a PhD student representative nominated
by the students.

The committee meets formally at least once per term, with full minutes being
produced, but meets informally about once per month.

EAS PhD Student Research Society
As part of the revised approach to research across the School, we have now
introduced a separate School research student society. This is an entity
defined as a society under the Student Guild, and has a primary peer social
networking motivation: it is a society run for and by the PhD students
themselves, with its own Chairperson and Treasurer operating the society
under Guild regulations.

We were aware of the lack of a coherent research student body to share
experience and practice, and we were also concerned about potential

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isolation issues for those students in pockets of the School not part of a major
research group, and hence not subject to an established research culture and
environment. Introducing a School-oriented approach to this issue was not
likely to succeed unless the students could feel ownership of the process in
some way. The students have determined their own governance and
democratic elections for the positions. An initial one-off financial impetus of
£5000 has been provided from the subject groups to help the students initiate
activities.

Its first major activity was the joint organisation (with the School Research
Administration team) of the EAS PhD research awareness day and poster
competition. The students have also organised their own external seminar
speakers. The Chairperson of this society is a full member of the School
Research Strategy Committee.

The Post
Hazlin of Ludlow Limited is a specialist manufacturer of quality architecturally
veneered fire doors. This Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme is a
government-sponsored collaboration between Hazlin and the School of
Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University.

The project requires a graduate to take a leading role in a two-year project
based at Hazlin’s premises in Ludlow, Shropshire. The aim of the project is to
develop a RFID solution at the company to achieve complete product
traceability throughout the manufacturing processes to ensure customers’
requirements are fulfilled accurately and that quality is maintained.

The successful candidate must be a highly motivated, outstanding individual
with good communication at all levels. A minimum 2:1 Honours degree is
required in the subject areas of computer science, logistics/supply chain
management, or manufacturing engineering. A good understanding of RFID
technology and some experience e.g. through project dissertation or
placement, would be an advantage.

This Partnership has received financial support from the Knowledge Transfer
Partnerships programme (KTP). KTP aims to help businesses to improve
their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge,
technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base. KTP is
funded by the Technology Strategy Board along with the other government
funding organisations.


Job Purpose:
To implement RFID technology at the company and to explore opportunities
for adding further value to the existing business operations.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

      To examine in detail the requirements for RFID implementation
      To conduct research to identify appropriate devices to achieve the
       objectives
      To lead the entire project and be responsible for the successful
       implementation
      To assess the impact of technology to the company’s business
      To cooperate with the company’s staff in implementing the technology
      To develop standard operating procedures for using RFID

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Person Specification
               Essential                        Desirable
Qualifications  2:1 Honours degree in           A good understanding of
and              computer science, logistics/      RFID technology
knowledge        supply chain management,
                 manufacturing engineering,
                 or related discipline
Experience      Experience of software            Some experience / research
                 programming / integration /        of the use of RFID technology
                 data management                    e.g. through project
                                                    dissertation or placement
                                                   Relevant industrial experience
Aptitudes         Good communication skills,
and Skills         both written and oral
                  Good presentation and
                   writing skills
                  Good project management
                   skills
                  Able to work independently
Disposition       Highly self-motivated

For informal enquiries about this post, please contact Dr Ming Lim on
m.k.lim@aston.ac.uk or by telephoning 0121 204 3508.




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TERMS & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE FOR RESEARCH STAFF

Terms of Appointment:

   The appointment is offered for a fixed-term of 2 years.
   The salary will be fixed at £20,000 per annum
   The post will not be eligible for a cost of living rise or incremental
    progression.
   The pension scheme which applies to this appointment is the Universities’
    Superannuation Scheme (USS) and details of the scheme are available
    from the Pensions and Payroll Officer on receiving an offer of the position.

The funding for this post is available for 2 years.

Conditions of Service:
KTP associate appointments will be subject to the Terms and Conditions of
Service for Research Staff and associated Policies and Procedures are
available   on    Aston     University’s   Personnel  Services  website:
http://www1.aston.ac.uk/staff/hr/my-aston/

Health & Safety:
The University’s Policy on Health and Safety forms part of the Terms and
Conditions of employment with the University.         Potential candidates for
appointment to the University should note that, in compliance with health and
safety legislation, no equipment or materials should brought into the
University at any time, without the express written consent of the Head of the
appropriate School of Study.

Qualifications:
Successful candidates will be required to produce evidence of their
qualifications upon joining the University.

Relocation:
Newly-appointed staff are required to establish their homes within reasonable
daily travelling distance to and from the KTP company. The University
operates a relocation scheme to assist newly-appointed staff in meeting this
requirement. Full details of the relocation scheme are included with offers of
appointment.

Pension Scheme:
The relevant pension scheme for this post is the Universities' Superannuation
Scheme (USS).

Performance Related Pay:
In addition to the basic salary, the University operates a PRP scheme.
Awards are determined on an annual basis.

Health & Safety:
The University’s Policy on Health and Safety forms part of the Terms and
Conditions of employment with the University.         Potential candidates for
appointment to the University should note that, in compliance with health and
safety legislation, no equipment or materials should brought into the
University at any time, without the express written consent of the Head of the
appropriate School of Study.
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Qualifications:
Successful candidates will be required to produce evidence of their
qualifications upon joining the University.

Relocation:
Newly-appointed staff are required to establish their homes within reasonable
daily travelling distance to and from the workplace. The University operates a
relocation scheme to assist newly-appointed staff in meeting this requirement.
Full details of the relocation scheme are included with offers of appointment.

Car Parking:
Due to the construction of new student residences the University’s car parking
provision has been reduced and a review of car parking provision and
charges is being conducted. The University cannot guarantee car parking
spaces for new employees who may join a waiting list. Requests in
exceptional circumstances should be put in writing to the Director of Estates.

Medical Examination:
It is a condition of appointment that newly-appointed staff receive medical
clearance from the University’s Health Centre Physician.

Document Checks:
As a result of the implementation of sections 15 to 26 of the Immigration,
Asylum and Nationality 2006 Act on 29 February 2008, the University requires
all prospective and, in some cases, current employees, to provide
documentation to verify their eligibility to work in the UK. Details of the
documents accepted for clearance in the UK are attached in Appendix A.
Further information about these requirements can be found on the UK Border
Agency website www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk .

Eligibility to work in the UK:
Candidates who are not citizens of the United Kingdom, or of another EEA
member country, should ensure that they meet the requirements of one of the
5 tiers of the immigration points based system. Candidates should check their
eligibility to enter or remain in the UK in advance of making any job
application using the points-based calculator on the UK Border &
Immigration Agency (UKBA) website. If you do not meet the minimum points
requirement, you will not be able to work in the UK and any application for
employment would be unsuccessful.

HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for a post, please complete and sign an application form and equal
opportunities monitoring form, and send them to:

Human Resources
Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham B4 7ET

Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4614
Email: recruitment@aston.ac.uk

If you would like your application acknowledged, please send a stamped
addressed envelope. If you have any specific requirements concerning your
application please do not hesitate to contact the Human Resources Office.
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Obtaining the Forms:
If you have accessed this information through our website, you can download
the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form for this post by
clicking the link at the end of the advertisement.

If you have received this information by post, the application form and equal
opportunities monitoring form will have been enclosed.

If you have received this information by email, the application form and equal
opportunities monitoring form will have been attached.

Information provided should include, as a minimum, details of:

       -      educational and professional qualifications
       -      past and present employment
       -      research, publications and teaching

Referees:
Candidates should provide full details of the name, title, position, and postal
address for all referees. Please include Email addresses, telephone and fax
numbers wherever possible.

Referees should normally include your present, or most recent,
employer/tutor. They should include individuals able to comment on your
academic work and experience to date and on your suitability for the post for
which you have applied.

Please note that appointments are subject to satisfactory references and
it is University policy to consult referees before formal interviews are
held. Please indicate clearly any referees that you do NOT wish to be
consulted until a later stage.

Please provide the names of a minimum of three referees.

Equal Opportunities Statement:
Aston University undertakes to promote equality and diversity within the
University Community in all aspects of its work. Further, it aims to ensure
through its admissions policies for students and its recruitment and selection
processes for staff that it encourages applications from all groups represented
in the wider community at a local, national and international level. The
University will endeavour not to discriminate unfairly or illegally, directly or
indirectly, against students or potential students, staff or potential staff. This
commitment applies to all functions of the University and to any stage of an
individual’s career at Aston. For further details of policies and codes of
practice on race, gender, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation and
age see: http://www.aston.ac.uk/staff/hr/equalops/

An Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form is included with the application form.

Data Protection Act 1998:
Your application will only be used to inform the selection process, unless you
are successful, in which case it will form the basis of your personal record with
the University which may be stored in manual and/or electronic files.
Information in statistical form on present and former employees is given to
appropriate outside bodies.

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Data you provide on the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form will be included
in a general database, for statistical monitoring purposes enabling the
University to monitor the effectiveness of its Policy, Code of Practice and
Guidelines on Equal Opportunities in Employment. Individual will not be
identified by name.

Further Advice:
Candidates who are short-listed for formal interview are normally required to
make a presentation, relevant to their particular specialisation, to the
Appointment Board.       Further advice relating to this will be given when
candidates are formally invited to attend for interview.

If you would like information on the progress of your application, or advice on
any aspect of the appointment process generally, or the terms and conditions
of service, please do not hesitate to contact:

        Name      Position                   Telephone Number       Email Address
Claire Freeman    HR Advisor                 +44 (0) 121 204 4571   c.e.freeman@aston.ac.uk
Sarah Carey       HR Advisor                 +44 (0) 121 204 4613   s.j.carey@aston.ac.uk
Jenni Medza       Personnel Assistant        +44 (0) 121 204 4590   j.medza@aston.ac.uk


The closing date for receipt of applications is 18 September 2009.




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Appendix A
As a result of the implementation of sections 15 to 26 of the Immigration,
Asylum and Nationality 2006 Act on 29 February 2008, the University requires
prospective and, in some cases, current employees, to provide documentation
to verify their eligibility to work in the UK. Details of the documents to be
checked are listed below. If you have any queries regarding the recent
changes or about the documents that need to be presented you can find
further information on the UK Border Agency website
http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/ . Please note: the University has the right
to refuse employment if you are unable to provide satisfactory documentation.
For those employees who provide documentation from List B, a further
document check will be carried out at least every 12 months.

LIST A – Documents which provide an ongoing defence
   A passport showing that the holder, or a person named in the passport as
    the child of the holder, is a British citizen or a citizen of the United
    Kingdom and Colonies having the right of abode in the United Kingdom.
   A passport or national identity card showing that the holder, or a person
    named in the passport as the child of the holder, is a national of the
    European Economic Area or Switzerland.
   A residence permit, registration certificate or document certifying or
    indicating permanent residence issued by the Home Office or the Border
    and Immigration Agency to a national of a European Economic Area
    country or Switzerland.
   A permanent residence card issued by the Home Office or the Border
    and Immigration Agency to the family member of a national of a
    European Economic Area country or Switzerland.
   A Biometric Immigration Document issued by the Border and Immigration
    Agency to the holder which indicates that the person named in it is
    allowed to stay indefinitely in the United Kingdom, or has no time limit on
    their stay in the United Kingdom.
   A passport or other travel document endorsed to show that the holder is
    exempt from immigration control, is allowed to stay indefinitely in the
    United Kingdom, has the right of abode in the United Kingdom, or has no
    time limit on their stay in the United Kingdom.
   An Immigration Status Document issued by the Home Office or the
    Border and Immigration Agency to the holder with an endorsement
    indicating that the person named in it is allowed to stay indefinitely in the
    United Kingdom or has no time limit on their stay in the United Kingdom,
    when produced in combination with an official document giving the
    person’s permanent National Insurance Number and their name issued
    by a Government agency or a previous employer.
   A full birth certificate issued in the United Kingdom which includes the
    name(s) of at least one of the holder’s parents, when produced in
    combination with an official document giving the person’s permanent
    National Insurance Number and their name issued by a Government
    agency or a previous employer.
   A full adoption certificate issued in the United Kingdom which includes
    the name(s) of at least one of the holder’s adoptive parents when
    produced in combination with an official document giving the person’s
    permanent National Insurance Number and their name issued by a
    Government agency or a previous employer.
   A birth certificate issued in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or
    Ireland, when produced in combination with an official document
    giving the person’s permanent National Insurance Number and their
    name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer.

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   An adoption certificate issued in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or
    Ireland, when produced in combination with an official document
    giving the person’s permanent National Insurance Number and their
    name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer.
   A certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen, when
    produced in combination with an official document giving the person’s
    permanent National Insurance Number and their name issued by a
    Government agency or a previous employer.
   A letter issued by the Home Office or the Border and Immigration Agency
    to the holder which indicates that the person named in it is allowed to
    stay indefinitely in the United Kingdom when produced in combination
    with an official document giving the person’s permanent National
    Insurance Number and their name issued by a Government agency or a
    previous employer.
LIST B – Documents which provide a defence for up to 12
months
   A passport or travel document endorsed to show that the holder is
    allowed to stay in the United Kingdom and is allowed to do the type of
    work in question, provided that it does not require the issue of a work
    permit.
   A Biometric Immigration Document issued by the Border and Immigration
    Agency to the holder which indicates that the person named in it can stay
    in the United Kingdom and is allowed to do the work in question.
   A work permit or other approval to take employment issued by the Home
    Office or the Border and Immigration Agency when produced in
    combination with either a passport or another travel document endorsed
    to show the holder is allowed to stay in the United Kingdom and is
    allowed to do the work in question, or a letter issued by the Home Office
    or the Border and Immigration Agency to the holder or the employer or
    prospective employer confirming the same.
   A certificate of application issued by the Home Office or the Border and
    Immigration Agency to or for a family member of a national of a European
    Economic Area country or Switzerland stating that the holder is permitted
    to take employment which is less than 6 months old when produced in
    combination with evidence of verification by the Border and Immigration
    Agency Employer Checking Service.
   A residence card or document issued by the Home Office or the Border
    and Immigration Agency to a family member of a national of a European
    Economic Area country or Switzerland.
   An Application Registration Card issued by the Home Office or the Border
    and Immigration Agency stating that the holder is permitted to take
    employment, when produced in combination with evidence of verification
    by the Border and Immigration Agency Employer Checking Service.
   An Immigration Status Document issued by the Home Office or the
    Border and Immigration Agency to the holder with an endorsement
    indicating that the person named in it can stay in the United Kingdom,
    and is allowed to do the type of work in question, when produced in
    combination with an official document giving the person’s permanent
    National Insurance Number and their name issued by a Government
    agency or a previous employer.
   A letter issued by the Home Office or the Border and Immigration Agency
    to the holder or the employer or prospective employer, which indicates
    that the person named in it can stay in the United Kingdom and is allowed
    to do the work in question when produced in combination with an official
    document giving the person’s permanent National Insurance Number and
    their name issued by a Government agency or a previous employer.

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