An equal and diverse place to work: the power of difference

We are proud of our diverse and inclusive community and mindful of its vital importance to our success. Education is about contact with new ideas and diversity in people creates diversity of thought.

We know that when people come together with different views, approaches and insights it leads to richer, more creative and innovative teaching and research, better understanding of student needs and aspirations and the highest level of student experience.

We actively work towards creating a socially diverse workplace where everyone can be themselves, and where we all embrace each other’s unique backgrounds and heritage, strengths and skills. Diverse, inclusive teams solve problems better and develop broader and more creative solutions, and so we work hard to help staff tap into this power.

We also know how important this is to you, and we welcome difference because we want you to see the University of Sheffield as a workplace where you can be yourself, and perform at your best.

When we recruit we aim to bring together diverse teams with the relative skills, strengths and identities to make a positive impact on the University and the world. We want to hear from people who are as committed as we are to putting diversity, inclusion and belonging into practice to make the most significant contribution possible to the great challenges of the century.

Getting involved: network groups

When you join the University of Sheffield you can access a range of active networking and support groups that provide opportunities for social interaction, peer support and personal development. These networks are run by staff for staff and bring together people working right across the University that identify with the group.

Find out more about the following staff networks:

     LGBT+ Network Logo

LGBT+ Staff Network

Women's Network

Women@TUoS Network

Staff & Disability Network

Staff & Disability Network

BAME Network box

BAME Staff Network


Parents@TUoS Network

Adopters Network

Adopters Network

How are we doing?

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.

Read more about our results

Find out why this is a remarkable place to work

Stonewall Top 100 

We are proud of our dedication to equality and enjoy celebrating the diversity of our staff.

Our commitment to being an equal opportunities employer is recognised externally as well as by our own staff.

An award-winning university

We're one of the best places to work in the UK

Athena Swan silver

Our practices and policies

Recruitment and selection

We are working on designing selection practices and providing tools and guidance to our recruiters to help attract and recruit difference to teams and design out unconscious bias.

Our recruiters and interviewers receive training and support to create inclusive and positive selection processes so that all candidates receive a positive experience during recruitment.

Recruiting for diverse teams

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.

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.

Flexible working opportunities

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.

Women Academic Returners' Programme

Disability Confident Employer (Previously Two Ticks)

We are committed to attracting, growing and engaging with talented people from diverse backgrounds at every level. As part of this commitment the University recognises the importance of inclusivity within the University community, to ensure that all can flourish and reach their full potential.

The University is a Disability Confident employer, recognised by the Government's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for our commitment to employing, retaining, training and to the career development of disabled staff.

Supporting our disabled staff

Transgender guidance

The University is committed to building a diverse workforce where everyone can be themselves. As part of our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Excellence Through Inclusion and compliance with the Equality Act (2010), we will ensure that all staff (including transgender people, staff associated with transgender people and people perceived to be transgender) are treated with dignity and respect and will not tolerate any discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation during recruitment and their employment.

Read the guiding principles  

Juice and Time to Change

Juice is our innovative programme for promoting health and happiness to staff through a range of free and accessible activities.

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.

Juice health and wellbeing

'Time to Change' pledge