An equal and diverse place to work

Our staff and their collective talent is the first and foremost priority for a university that wishes to change the world for the better through the power and application of ideas and knowledge. Our vision is simple - to create a remarkable place to work. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, growing and engaging a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds with the ambition to transform people’s lives, a desire to take a leading role in research and teaching and a commitment to continually enhance the reputation of the University. In our 2016 staff survey 94% of staff told us they were proud to work here.

Why is the University a remarkable place to work?


Our commitment to equality

As an employee of The University of Sheffield, you can expect to be working for an organisation which takes great pride in their dedication to equality and feels confident that all members of staff should be treated with the upmost respect. We believe that the diversity of our employees is something that should be celebrated.

As an organisation who is committed to being an equal opportunities employer, we take great pride in the fact that our dedication to this cause has continued to be recognised over the years, as demonstrated through the various different awards that we have won.

These include a top-100 Stonewall award for workplace equality and Athena Swan awards for good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research.

Stonewall Logo 2017


Two Ticks Employer

Two TicksThe University is a Two Ticks Disability employer, recognised by Jobcentre Plus, for our commitment to employing, retaining, training and to the career development of disabled staff.

Staff Survey 2016

We are proud of our award-winning work in equality and diversity which enhances working life for all. In our most recent staff survey in 2016, 92% of staff told us they are treated with fairness and respect and some of the highest positive scoring questions were related to equality and diversity areas.

Network Groups

We have a wide range of different networking and support groups at the University – we want our staff to work in a comfortable and fully inclusive environment in which we can all each reach our full potential without fear of discrimination.

LGBT Staff Network

LGBT Staff Network



Staff & Disability Network

Staff & Disability Network



Information about more staff groups is here.

Women Academic Returners' Programme (WARP)

All women at the University of Sheffield are able to have maternity cover for all or part of their role whilst on maternity leave. The Women Academic Returners’ Programme provides additional support, if needed upon return to work, to minimise the impact of extended leave on research activities. This programme is open to women academics and researchers across all faculties at the University of Sheffield.

Flexible working opportunities

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities with our staff which benefit both the individual and the University. Therefore, we would consider flexible delivery of any role subject to meeting the business needs of the post.

If you wish to explore flexible working opportunities in relation to a particular post, please contact the recruiting department via the contact details provided in the About the Job.

Time to Change

The University is one of 200 organisations who have signed up to the ‘Time to Change’ pledge, as a public statement of our aspirations to tackle mental ill health and the stigma that surrounds it.


We have a number of mentoring schemes available to staff across the University.