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Case Study: Delivering a successful specialist recruitment campaign

Posted on November 2021

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Connecting a recruitment campaign with a wider talent pool

Aston University had been unable to attract a high calibre of Health & Safety candidates through conventional advertising methods and sought a recruitment partner qualified to answer and deliver on their specialist requirements. With decades of experience in higher education, our team created a robust recruitment process that ensured the vacancies wide exposure whilst retaining confidentiality.


  • Protect university brand

  • Access a talent pool not reached by the client’s own advertising

  • Successfully recruit a permanent Health & Safety Business Partner and Health & Safety Advisor

  • Specialist recruiter within Education Health and Safety, confident to advise on and manage a recruitment process delivering required outcomes


  • As exclusive partner for this recruitment we created a briefing document to ensure consistent, clear information and to protect the client’s brand

  • The education team leveraged our network to engage with passive candidates

  • Understanding the specialist nature of this role and time needed to secure candidates, we set a two-week deadline for CV submission; within this we carried out thorough screening, advertising and networking

  • We defined a clear recruitment process, securing a good range of available candidates committed to engage in a two-stage interview process (one-to-one and panel interviews)


  • Shortlisted three specialist candidates for each role; all were taken to informal interview, and one progressed for each position to panel

  • Our detailed briefing and screening ensured successful candidates immediately accepted the roles when offered

  • Both roles successfully filled within two months from the initial briefing

  • Candidates added immediate value to Aston University and continue to deliver their objectives

“Understanding our sector, our needs and the market is essential for a recruitment agency. Venn Group met all of these criteria and advised on the best way to deal with the advertising and selection.”

Scott Trim – Director of Health, Safety & Business Continuity

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