Applications have closed, and I now have a pretty good idea as to what happens next. So far, so good. Our next task as a shortlisting committee is to decide how many we aim to shortlist and decide how to get from where we are now to what we want. We also have to decide upon a spending limit - there is a recommended amount, which I am minded to agree - and on a format for the members meeting in Cambridge, which we're working on.
So, what's next on the agenda?
There are doubtless some applicants who have either assessment days or conversion interviews outstanding - it isn't always easy to schedule them earlier - so shortlisting committees will have to choose whether or not to wait for them and, if they choose to wait, how long they wait for. I tend to the view that applicants should be given every chance if possible, but that isn't necessarily a shared view.
There isn't a tearing hurry - shortlists aren't scheduled to be published until 3 October - but there's never any point in leaving things to the last minute. Time to roundup the committee, methinks...