The University of Sheffield’s statement on industrial action and ‎dispute resolution

Following discussion within the Russell Group, at the UEB, and at the ‎University Council on 14 July 2008, the following principles were agreed, ‎which will govern the approach the University of Sheffield takes to industrial action and dispute resolution:‎

  • The experience of our students will be paramount and our approach ‎will reflect our commitment to ensure that students receive an ‎outstanding education.
  • Our approach will be consistent with the objective of maintaining our ‎position as world-class research-led institutions.
  • In order to compete on a world stage we will operate professional ‎employment policies and practices and this includes modern, ‎competitive and fair pay and reward systems.
  • We aspire to working closely with the trade unions to recognise and ‎reward excellence.
  • We support and promote excellence in teaching and research and in ‎the performance of all our staff in the development of our students.
  • As employers we are supporting the current UCEA collective approach ‎to pay bargaining but will keep this under review.
  • We will work hard to avoid disputes and pursue a constructive ‎employee relations agenda.
  • If industrial action is taken, we will respond appropriately on the basis ‎of the principles outlined above. Partial performance of any kind ‎cannot be accepted. This applies equally to all staff, whether they are ‎part of the academic or support communities.
  • Partial performance will lead to pay being withheld, taking into account ‎the impact on the university's performance and/or commitment to its ‎students. This is not only in accordance with the legal framework but ‎reflects common employment practice.