We're in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies 2018


We are pleased to announce that we have been placed in The Sunday Times in the 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2018 list. We are extremely proud to be the only University in the list for the third consecutive year.

Professor Gill Valentine, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor said: “We are thrilled to be in the Times Best 100 for the third year running. This ranking is testament to our hard-working, dedicated colleagues who make this University a remarkable place to work.”


“As a University, we work hard to create an environment in which colleagues can succeed, become leaders and make a real impact in the world. We are committed to remaining a remarkable place to work and to stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the world’s best companies.”

Tracy Wray, Director of HR and Communications, added: “As colleagues will be aware, it is a time of great challenge for the higher education sector, but we are working hard to ensure the University is an employer of choice. This year has also seen us rise 60 places in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers. Our #WeAreInternational campaign is still making waves around the globe, and we have so much more to do.”

“In order to attract the best staff, we need to continue to create an environment that encourages, nurtures and supports all of our people. This ranking is testament to our commitment to being a remarkable place to work. It also helps us benchmark against other top employers and strive for even greater achievements which will benefit our staff. Thank you to everybody who took part in the survey.”

About the survey and our top scores

The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies is the annual ranking of the cream of Britain's happy and motivated workforces. The lists are widely acknowledged as the most extensive research into employee engagement carried out in this country.

Our ranking is awarded based on an independent survey which was sent to over 2,200 colleagues last October.

Our top scores are for ‘my company’ (the level of engagement we feel with our jobs and the University); ‘my manager’ (how we feel about and communicate with our direct managers); and ‘my team’ (how we feel towards our immediate colleagues and how well we work together).

Our highest engagement score was for the question, ‘I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation’. This reflects our ambition to create an environment in which all staff can work to the best of their abilities and share in the achievements of the University.