Why do you #HeartShefUni?

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As you know, we recently made number 32 in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2016.

This got us thinking, what was it that meant we were the only university to make this prestigious national ranking? What made us stand out?

Well, it turns out it’s to do with a sense of pride.

This didn’t come as a surprise to us; 94 per cent of respondents in our 2014 staff survey said they were proud to work here and we regularly hear stories about why.

So, here are just some of those stories about why colleagues feel motivated and inspired to work here at the University of Sheffield.

Professor Claire McGourlay, School of Law

"Ten years ago I started setting up clinical legal education at the School of Law to provide my students with experiential learning.

"I started with 10 students and now we have over 180 students working on various projects and making a real difference to people’s lives.

"I am proud of the work my students do every day and they never fail to amaze me. I am in a very privileged position and I love my job and the impact nationally and internationally."

Dr Sarah Want, Head of Research Partnerships and Engagement/Assistant Director

"I'm proud to be working with academics to make the world a better place, through building partnerships with industry, not-for-profit organisations, policy makers and the government

"By building new partnerships and developing existing ones we are improving agricultural systems to more effectively feed our population, making health systems that allow people to live longer as well as developing manufacturing processes to make products more efficiently.

"To put it bluntly: I love my job."

Dr Siobhán North, Senior Lecturer, Computer Science

"I have been at this University a long time and, looking back, I am astonished and proud of how much more welcoming to and respectful of women the Faculty of Engineering has become in the last couple of decades."

Sheila Francis, Professor of Cardiovascular Biology

"I get up every morning feeling privileged to lead the Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease whose scientific discoveries are making a difference for patients in our city, the region and beyond."

Mike Arnott, Director of IP Development and Commercialisation

“Colleagues and friends asked me why on earth I wanted to move to Sheffield from the South-East. I said; 'the job, the countryside, the friendly, progressive atmosphere and a sense of hopefulness that I've been missing for years.' There were no further questions."

Andrew Twist, Digital Content Producer

“I think the sense of pride I feel about working here is because of the real difference the University makes. I think there are few places that make such a positive contribution to the world. Our research does change people’s lives. You also get to broaden your own horizons and keep learning through the great festivals, guest lectures and events that take place.”

Andy Cox, Director Sport Sheffield

“To see the difference that we can make to students while they are at university and even when they leave, to see them return and say that we helped them get a job or that they have got friends for life. You get a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose. You are just really proud to get up and come here every day.”

If you feel proud to work here, tell us why on @sheffunistaff using #HeartShefUni