Pioneering women and men have shaped the University of Sheffield

Pioneering women and men have shaped the University of Sheffield

 August 03, 2017

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD began over a century ago when local people raised £50,000 to build a university for their city. Pioneering women and men have shaped the University ever since, with its academics and professionals developing as authentic, courageous and imaginative leaders.

Education is the transformer

The pioneering spirit continues today. At the helm of the University is its first female Chancellor, the Rt Hon Lady Justice Rafferty. When appointed in 2015, she said “I believe with every fibre in me that education is the transformer.” It’s an ethos she instills throughout the organisation.

A globally leading institution

Despite challenges facing the higher education sector, the University is committed to remaining a globally leading institution with an engaged workforce. It’s the only university featured on The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies lists, and has been in the Stonewall top 100 workplaces for LGBT equality for three years running.

It’s one of only ten universities to hold an Athena SWAN silver institution award that celebrates its strong commitment to gender equality.

Aiming to create an open and inclusive environment that benefits everyone, is everyone’s responsibility. The University encourages diversity through its Women Academics Returners Programme, its thriving Women@TUOS network and their LGBT allies programme Open@TUoS that to date has over 900 supporters. 

Recruiting for difference

In their staff survey, the University scored exceptionally highly for respect amongst its people (92 - 99 per cent) and this reflects the strong commitment to help people bring their whole selves to work. In line with its spirit and heritage, the University has piloted a new approach to recruitment, actively seeking to recruit for difference and to build diverse teams. It asks managers to consider not only the best person for the job but the best team for the job. This is good for both institutional excellence and equality. 

Transforming lives for the better

Diversity in all its forms helps the University with its core business of research and teaching. Their nationally supported #WeAreInternational campaign lobbies for universities to remain diverse and inclusive and is a prominent example of living the purpose that was created over a century ago to transform lives for the better.

Women enjoy great careers at University of Sheffield

Listed as one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK by The Sunday Times, and the only university to make the list - this highly regarded ranking shows that the University is an organisation where talented staff from all over the world are given a platform to succeed and become leaders in their fields. The University also holds a Best Companies two star accreditation status which recognises outstanding levels of employee engagement at the institution.

The University's vision is simple - to create a remarkable place to work. Interested in joining this top University? Then take a look at these current vacancies


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