University of Sheffield makes Sunday Times top employer list

 February 23, 2017

The University of Sheffield has again been named one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK by The Sunday Times. Widely acknowledged as one of the most extensive studies into employee engagement in the UK, The University of Sheffield is the only university to make this highly regarded list. The University was also awarded a Best Companies two star accreditation status which recognises outstanding levels of employee engagement at the institution.

The accolades are part of The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies, an annual ranking and survey of the cream of Britain’s employers. Its publication each year is a highly anticipated event in the UK’s business calendar.

A creative and diverse workplace

Andrew Dodman, Chief Operating Officer at the University of Sheffield, said: “This ranking by The Sunday Times shows that the University of Sheffield is one of the best places to work in the UK and is an organisation where talented staff from all over the world are given a platform to succeed and become leaders in their fields. We have worked hard to create an environment in which staff can pursue the extraordinary in a creative and diverse workplace. The city of Sheffield has also contributed to this ranking by being such a great place to live. It’s friendly, vibrant, modern and fun, which provides the perfect setting for one of the world’s best universities with a talented workforce.”

Professor Shearer West, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University, added: “I am delighted that the University has been recognised in this way. We are only as strong as the people who work here. People who teach students, carry out research, and who support vital work from running our libraries and laboratories to student accommodation and IT provision.

“It is our dedicated and talented staff from around the world who make this institution a place of high educational standards and an excellent place to work.”

A top employer for workplace equality

Sheffield’s position as one of the best companies to work for in the UK follows the University being recognised as a top employer for workplace equality by the leading LGBT charity Stonewall.

Staff at the University are also involved in world leading innovations within their chosen fields. Recent highlights include:

  • Archaeologists at the institution have made an extremely rare discovery of a Black Death plague pit revealing new insights into how the pandemic affected communities across the UK during the 14th century.
  • Scientists at Sheffield were part of the international team which detected gravitational waves for the first time - a discovery which is opening an unprecedented new window to the universe.
  • Researchers at the University have made a breakthrough in the fight against antibiotic resistance by developing a new treatment to prevent bacterial skin infections. Unlike conventional antibiotics, this new therapy doesn’t directly kill bacteria, so doesn’t encourage the evolution of resistance.

There are many great opportunities available for this highly commended employer. Take a look at their current vacancies.


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