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Recruitment Toolkit

This toolkit is designed for new research leaders recruiting to their team for the first time, particularly researchers who are new to the UK and those looking to improve their recruitment practice.

The toolkit will guide you through the whole process:

  • Design roles that fit your project’s needs.
  • Ensure your job adverts speak to the right applicants.
  • Run interviews that help you identify the best candidates.
  • Plan an effective start for new recruits.

To get started, work your way through the whole toolkit or jump to the section that best suits your current need. Alternatively, browse videos, downloads and recommended resources from the Recruitment Toolkit in the collection below.

Looking for an in-depth introduction?

If you’re new to recruitment, why not make your way through our detailed and structured exploration of everything you’d need to know to get started.

A thorough guide to recruitment with videos, downloadable helpsheets and links to further resources.


Dive straight in to these videos from our Recruitment Toolkit to watch Fellows and experienced PIs share their insights and experiences of recruiting a research project team.

Equality, diversity and inclusion in recruitment

Focus on EDI

Explore pages of the toolkit related to equality, diversity and inclusion in the recruitment process.

Download the EDI guidance from the Recruitment toolkit.


Browse the additional recruitment resources we recommend in the toolkit.

Upcoming events

If you’re a member of the Future Leaders Fellows Development Network, why not register for one of our recruitment events.

  • There are currently no recruitment events scheduled

Share your feedback

We’d love to hear where this toolkit has had impact and what you think of it. Please share with us:

  • how you’ve found this Recruitment Toolkit useful
  • what else it would be helpful to add
  • any issues or out-of-date content
  • comments or suggestions for how to improve accessibility.

Copyright notice

The resources on this page and in the Recruitment toolkit (except external links or where marked otherwise) are shared under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) licence. Please attribute the Future Leaders Fellows Development Network and UKRI if you reuse them.