Employment & Recruitment Service

Our professional recruitment agency, run by Lancaster University that offers a specialised service to hiring managers looking to appoint students and graduates into temporary, part-time, and permanent positions.

Our fully managed service

Our aim is to provide a personal and high quality employment solution for employers seeking student and graduate talent for their business. Lancaster University is one of the top universities in the world. The Employment and Recruitment Service complements the breadth of business support services provided by the University. Our service helps employers recruit the student and graduate talent required to fulfil a wide range of temporary and permanent positions.

T‌his offers a number of options and can be tailored to meet your specific requirements.

  • Active marketing and promotion of your opportunity
  • Access to a wider candidate pool; not limited to Lancaster University students and graduates
  • Augmented recruitment and talent spotting
  • Identity and entitlement to work checks
  • Pre-screening of applicants to your person specification
  • Short-listing of applicants
  • On-campus interviewing facilities
  • Payroll administration
  • Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) 2010 compliance


We offer a comprehensive range of services and recruitment solutions to meet your staffing needs. 

Click on the headings below to view our services and terms.

  • Advertising by employers
    • Paid graduate or student opportunity
    • Fair salary / rate of pay
    • Applications made direct to the employer

    Terms: Free of charge

  • Permanent recruitment
    • Paid graduate opportunity
    • Fair salary
    • We will advertise and promote your opportunity
    • We will shortlist and screen candidates
    • Access to on-campus interview facilities if required
    • You are responsible for the hiring decision
    • We will manage the employment offer and on-boarding

    Terms: 12% of agreed basic starting salary

  • Temporary recruitment
    • Temporary employment opportunity
    • Fair rate of pay
    • Access to on-campus interview facilities if required
    • We screen and select the worker OR candidates to be interviewed and selected by employer
    • We will obtain references
    • We will manage contracts and payroll
    • We will manage on-boarding and off-boarding
    • We will manage relevant feedback
    • We provide monthly invoices

    Terms: Day / Hourly rate +15% (POA)

  • Transfer fee (temp to perm)
    • Temporary worker sourced by the Service to be employed directly by end-user employer
    • Charges will be reduced by £’s GP incurred in current assignment to date

    Terms: If > 13 weeks temporary hire, £500. If < 13 weeks temporary hire, 7% of agreed basic starting salary of the temporary worker minus GP already charged

  • Temporary payroll services
    • Employer sourced and managed Temporary Workers
    • We issue employment documents
    • We processes monthly payroll
    • We provide monthly invoices

    Terms: Day / Hourly rate + 5% (POA)

  • Application screening and shortlisting
    • Permanent graduate opportunity
    • Fair Salary
    • We will pre-screen and shortlist all candidates to be interviewed by employer

    Terms: Please call to discuss your requirements

  • Design and development of graduate recruitment schemes
    • Companies looking to enter into Graduate Recruitment
    • Companies looking to facilitate growth through Graduate hire and development
    • Companies looking to improve their engagement with Lancaster University

    Terms: Please call to discuss your requirements


We have access to over 12,000 talented students on campus, and a network of graduates across different sectors.

We can offer you access to our self-service jobs board, TARGETconnect, used by our students and graduates daily to search for jobs and other opportunities.

  • Fees
    • Single Advert £100 + VAT
    • Annual Rate £500 + VAT (unlimited number of adverts over 12 months)
    • On-campus interviews - Please call to discuss your requirements

    You can use our on-line payments facility, or we can arrange to invoice you direct.

  • Benefits

    TARGETconnect is our CRM online vacancy portal which is used throughout the University and by our Students' Union.

    This portal allows registered recruiters to:

    • Profile their organisation
    • Add vacancies
    • Monitor how many student views it attracts
    • Maintain and update the vacancy if required
    • Request extensions to the closing date

    Our service includes the option to target particular groups of students and subject disciplines, ensuring that relevant students are alerted to the opportunities you offer.

    In addition, we can offer on-campus interview rooms and facilities for employer presentations to students and graduates.

  • Terms & Conditions

    Please refer to our Terms and Conditions regarding vacancy handling.

By email


Please expect to wait 3 - 5 working days for a response.

By phone

+44 (0)1524 510853

Our lines are open 9am - 5:30pm Monday - Wednesday, and 9am - 5pm Thursday and Friday.

By post

Employment & Recruitment Services,
Lancaster University,
University House,

University Staff

The service has been designed to ensure that the departmental administration associated with the hire of temporary staff is fair, equitable and compliant with our legal obligations. 

By moving the administration for issuing 'engagement agreements' to the ERS team we will relieve colleagues throughout the institution of the task of collecting and issuing, collating and storing engagement forms, and right to work paperwork, associated with the current hiring process.

  • Our service

    The ERS will relieve colleagues throughout the institution of the tasks associated with:

    • Collecting and issuing engagement forms
    • Collating and storing this documentation
    • Ensuring that those appointed have the right to work
    • Obtaining and retaining all documents required to satisfy our legal obligations
    • Ensuring that we are UKBA compliant

    The service will promote employment opportunities within the University, with other employers on campus and with other local and national employers.

    Employment opportunities will be advertised through the University’s Career Management System (TARGETconnect) and other channels where appropriate.

    Our team will work with hiring managers to enable you to efficiently and effectively recruit the staff you need.

    Our service will not replace the support provided by HR colleagues for the recruitment of sessional teaching and research roles.

  • Hiring manager responsibilities

    To ensure the efficient running of the service and to ensure that we are able to meet your requirements, hiring managers should: 

    • Ensure they have approval/delegated authority from their Head of Department to appoint temporary casual staff
    • Provide cost codes for any appointments they wish to make
    • Refer any queries that casual workers may have regarding the service to our staff
    • Advise anyone seeking casual work to register with the service
    • Ensure that those you employ maintain their time sheets and submit these for approval on-time
    • Ensure that you check and authorise time sheets submitted to you for approval on-time

    Your co-operation will be much appreciated and will help to ensure that the service is able to respond to your recruitment requests and ensure that those we employ are paid promptly.

  • Help & FAQs

    The following documents will provide more information about the service and answer most of the questions you may have.