University of Sheffield supports womens development

University of Sheffield supports women's development

 February 26, 2019

The University of Sheffield is offering new programmes and mentoring opportunities which focus on leadership development. In this article, we find out more about the exciting opportunities available at a university that truly cares about its employees.

Making an impact in leadership

Sheffield Leader: Impact is the university's new approach to leadership development. It supports existing development opportunities and the university's commitment to helping its colleagues to fulfill their potential and achieve individual, team and university aims and ambitions.

Sheffield Leader: Impact will give women the skills, behaviours, confidence and drive to bring about the university’s goal of achieving excellence. It will also help the University of Sheffield's female leaders to establish high levels of staff wellbeing, engagement and performance among the teams and individuals they lead and manage.

Leadership roles include:

  • Heads of academic departments
  • Directors of professional service departments
  • Faculty directors
  • Research directors
  • Departmental managers
  • Future leaders

Supporting personal and professional development

Sheffield Leader: Impact has two programmes: the Personal Development Programme and the Executive Team Development Programme.

With the Personal Development Programme, female leaders gain increased confidence and capability to give leadership and direction around a common goal. The programme also encourages female leaders to take collective responsibility and grow their ability to anticipate and respond to change effectively.

"We know our leaders are positive role models and we are committed to helping them deliver courageous, authentic and inclusive leadership for the benefit of all our colleagues," says Professor Gill Valentine, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. 

The Executive Team Development Programme is carried out by teams at University, faculty and department level.

"In our rapidly changing environment, we will help our leaders be more resilient, agile and dynamic, and will encourage them to take ownership of, and deliver solutions to, the opportunities and challenges we face," adds Professor Valentine.

Establishing a leadership community

Sheffield Leader: Impact continues on from Sheffield Leader, which ran at the University of Sheffield from 2010 to 2018. More than 1,000 colleagues were involved and continue to be part of its current leadership community.

"We will build on this community so that leaders can continue to learn from and support each other," says Professor Valentine. "We hope this network will also encourage and enable collaborative working. By working together we are better placed to proactively spot opportunities, learn what works well and deliver innovative and creative solutions to issues that we face.

"We know our leaders are positive role models and we are committed to helping them deliver courageous, authentic and inclusive leadership for the benefit of all our colleagues."

Helping leaders succeed 

As well as Sheffield Leader: Impact, the University of Sheffield offers the Sheffield Leader: Essentials for people in leadership roles across the University.

Participants develop the foundational knowledge, technical skills and leadership behaviours to better perform and succeed in their leadership roles. These skills support participants in leading and managing people and resources alongside the university's focus on excellence and ambition.

Development opportunities everywhere

At the University of Sheffield, there are many opportunities for women to receive support in their personal and professional development. The University of Sheffield understands that learning can involve attending a conference, taking part in job shadowing, private study, experience and reflection.

The university offers online videos, guides and resources and a number of courses.

There are also opportunities for women to get involved in mentoring schemes. These include:

  • Grow Mentoring: a six-month mentoring scheme aimed at helping professional services staff to better skills, maximise potential, expand networks and consider career paths by collaborating with others at the university.
  • Futures Mentoring: a six-month mentoring programme for female and BAME (Black, Asian and Other Minority Ethnic) academic staff where staff can be mentored by a more senior member of staff with the aim to support career progression.
  • The TUoS Mentoring Network: for people who works on any part of mentoring and meet to talk about the larger issues in mentoring, from best practice in mentor training, to making sure there is diversity in the University's programmes, to enabling ethical practice for its mentors.
  • Think Ahead: a mentoring scheme aimed at supporting academic staff in the development of their careers in academia or beyond.

The University of Sheffield's Academic Career Pathway provides a clear and transparent framework for the career development and progression of academics across the University. It has been created by academics and aims to build upon the University's existing knowledge of what makes an academic role, whilst giving greater clarity.

Finally, the Staff Review and Development Scheme (SRDS) allows employees to identify learning and development needs.

With this amazing support network available for women, there's no better time to join the University of Sheffield!

Join talented women at the University of Sheffield

With a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and gender equality, there are plenty of opportunities for strong candidates in a host of academic and support roles. Search and apply for exciting and challenging jobs with the University of Sheffield today. 


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