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Beware of scams: Protect yourself from fraudulent messages

At Diversifying Group, we're committed to your safety and security. We would like to ask our candidates to beware of a current scam that targets job seekers. Fraudsters may reach out to you impersonating consultants with job opportunities or offers in order to get your personal information or request payment. It's crucial to be vigilant and verify the authenticity of any messages you receive.

Recruitment scams are not always obvious. Here are a few tips on how to identify a fraudulent message:

  • It’s from an unknown phone number, country code or email address.

  • It contains a link; these may contain malware that could be installed on your device so avoid clicking on these.

  • It contains sudden requests for payment or pressure to act quickly.

  • It contains poor spelling and/or grammar.

  • It contains unrealistic salary or working arrangements - if it’s too good to be true it probably is.

For your safety, we strongly advise:

  • Do not respond to these messages.

  • Do not share any personal information, banking details, or make any payments requested through these messages.

  • Report the scam message to your local authorities or the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) through their official website for further investigation.

At Diversifying Group, we might contact you by text message, however:

  • Initial contact will usually be via an email address containing or via LinkedIn.

  • We never send job offers or requests for personal information via text message to individuals who have not registered with our agency.

  • We will never ask a candidate to pay fees as part of the recruitment process.

  • We have an office phone number on our website, so you can give us a call if you’re not sure of anything.

Stay alert and safeguard yourself against fraudulent activity. If you have any doubts or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us directly using the contact details below:

19 Jul 2022

Office of Independent Adjudicators for Higher Education


Covid has had a significant impact on the higher education sector and in particular the experiences of students across the UK. This meant a sharp increase in the number of queries and the complexity of queries being received from students with concerns about the quality of Higher Education they were receiving.

The OIA needed to hire quickly but at the same time recognised that they were significantly behind where they would like to be in having a workforce that represented the demographics of the students they serve.


Work Delivered

We designed a number of recruitment campaigns that took the good from what had gone before but applied a diversity lens across it. This included:

  • Re-writing job descriptions and job adverts
  • Re-designing Recruitment Packs
  • Re-designing the recruitment process
  • Reviewed internal recruitment process to ensure all candidates had an equal chance
  • Re-designing the interview questions and format
  • Re-designing the approach to reasonable adjustments
  • Providing Black Talent professionals to be a part of the panel for final interviews
  • Updating the approach to diversity monitoring data
  • Training the Hiring Managers on Inclusive Recruitment
  • Supporting the OIA to hire a Black HR Advisor to take over our support from 2022 so that the organisation can be sustainably progressing it’s approach to D&I



We have helped the OIA significantly change the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) demographic of its employee base and left them in a position where they now have the knowledge, tools and representation to successfully continue the work we have helped them to start.

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