Specialised Foundation Programmes FAQs

Q. Is there a decile 'cut-off' point for SFP interviews?

A. Yes, applicants must have a minimum EPM decile score of 37. We will also use the decile score as one of our measures in the shortlisting process along with other degrees, presentations, publications and prizes etc.

Q. I only want to apply for posts that are based in Severn. How can I be sure I am not preferencing any Peninsula posts?

A. All Severn posts will begin with SEV and all Peninsula posts begin with PEN so when selecting your preferences ensure you have not selected any that begin with PEN.

Q. I want to apply for a Leadership and Management post in Severn but I can’t find the post in my preferences.

A. There are no leadership and management posts in Severn. Severn only have Research posts available. Research, Education, Leadership and Management posts are available in Peninsula.

Q. I have some additional prizes and publications that I have listed on my application but I can’t find anywhere to upload the documents.

A. We do not require any additional evidence to be uploaded to oriel for your additional degrees, presentations, prizes and publications so there is no facility to do this.

Q. I have only been offered an interview for the Education and Training posts. I preferenced the Research post too – why was I not considered for both?

A. Although you preferenced the Research posts you did not complete the Research question on the application form. Under programme interests you need to select the Research box and a question on Research will appear. You needed to have completed this question to be considered for shortlisting. The preferencing side of the system does not know what questions you have answered and will allow you to rank all available posts.

Q. I received an email confirming an interview invite but have not received an update on Oriel. I was wondering how I confirm the interview slot?

A. Due to the South West being a joint unit of application between Severn and Peninsula we do not use Oriel for the interview process. Once you are sent further details about the interview via e-mail you can then confirm your attendance by replying to the email.

Q. I am unavailable on the day of the interviews – can it be arranged for another day?

A. Interview dates cannot be changed, and alternatives cannot be arranged. All panel members have been trained and briefed and it would not be possible to reconvene the panel to carry out individual interviews.

Q. I do not have an internet connection – can I join the interview by telephone?

A. All interviews will be completed by video conferencing – we do not allow any candidates to join via the telephone so please ensure that you can access the online video conference platform before the day of the interview and that you have a good connection. If your connection is so poor the panel cannot hear your answers your interview will be terminated. In exceptional circumstances the panel may offer you another interview slot, but this cannot be guaranteed so it is vital you ensure your internet connection is sufficient.

Q. What will the structure of the interviews be?

A. All shortlisted applicants will be sent details of the structure prior to their interview. This information is not available to all.

Q:I have ranked the programmes but realised that I have made an error can I amend my preferences?

A: A: Yes, you can but please note that the preferencing window for the South West SUoA closes earlier than some other SUoAs. It opens on 8th September and closes at 08:00am on 22nd November 2022. After this, no amendments to your preferences can be made.