The University of Sheffield's mission is to attract, grow and engage talent, from all backgrounds and all sectors of society - and this includes right through to executive roles. They've an excellent track record of equality action, through which they aim to develop a fully inclusive University community which encourages everyone to flourish and reach their potential with a positive and supportive culture.
Their Equality Objectives were developed in 2012, and are extensively implemented across the University. The objectives help the University to meet their statutory equality duties, and also to fully support our business and social justice agendas.
One of the University's targets is focused around increasing the representation of women at professorial level. There are numerous avenues of support for academic women at University and Faculty level, for example mentoring programmes, Networks and initiatives aimed at raising the profile of women across the University - and there is a Female Academic Progression Action Plan 2012-2015 that sets out what the University does to reach targets and how they do it.
Many female senior executives
There are many impressive female senior executives working at the University.
Professor Shearer West
took up the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield on 1 September 2015. Working closely with the Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Professor West serves as a member of the University executive team and leads areas of strategic importance to the University in the region, nationally and internationally. She has responsibility for delivering a number of the University's key aims and priorities, working collaboratively with academic and professional colleagues and students to shape a strong future for the University and all those who benefit from its work. Previously Head of the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford, Professor West is an art historian and the author and editor of nine books and many articles. She has also been Head of the School of Historical Studies at the University of Birmingham and was Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council.