Join a University committee - your contribution needed

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University committees are forums where you can discuss ideas and share expertise. They’re a way of exploring complex issues in detail, so that the University can make the most informed decisions possible. It’s challenging, stimulating work. And it’s not as time consuming as you might think.

The work of these committees influences the direction of the University. They make things fairer, safer and more efficient. They have a real impact on our students’ experience and on our working lives. The decisions they make, the principles they protect, and the changes they propose, are important.

This is why your contribution is needed.

Dr Andrew West, University Secretary, said: “Our University community is a place where people from a huge range of backgrounds come together. People with different views, different experiences and different skills. To make the right decisions, our committees must reflect that diversity. I encourage you to take a few minutes to look at the positions available and consider how your contribution could make a difference. We look forward to hearing from you.”

Committee members on their experiences

Professor Lorraine Maltby, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

“I serve on a committee because I want to make a positive difference to the community of which I am a part. By doing so, I contribute to making the University a more supportive and better supported environment in which to teach and undertake research. I believe in shared governance and that we all have a responsibility to help shape our University and to ensure its continued success.”

Professor Lenny Koh, Management School

“I’ve found my experience on Senate enormously valuable and it has provided me with great exposure to the flow and connectivity between Council, Senate and all other committee structures as part of the governance of our University. I would like to strongly encourage colleagues across the University to get involved and join one of the committees.”

Professor Caitlin Buck, School of Mathematics and Statistics

“It is rewarding to see policy and practice evolving for the better and to know that I played my part in making it happen.”

Professor Brendan Stone, School of English

“I've worked on various University committees over the years. It's usually been interesting and enjoyable - I've learned a lot about how the institution works, and I've got to know some great people who I wouldn't otherwise have met.”

Dr Carolyn Staton, Department of Oncology

“Being involved in a committee gives you an opportunity to be proactive in making changes to the way things are done, some of which are long lasting and affect many people in a positive way. For example, as a result of my committee involvement, the Parents@TUOS Network was born and is still going from strength to strength.”

The committee vacancies

For general advice about serving on committees, email Kathryn Clements in Strategy, Planning and Governance or phone x21716.

Download the full person specifications (PDF, 73 KB)

Appeals Committee of the Senate

The panel meets two or three times a year to consider appeals made on behalf of students excluded from faculties.

Who we need: Senior academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities with experience of pastoral issues and an understanding of behavioural and academic misconduct issues.

Discipline Committee

The panel meets several times a year to consider cases of alleged student misconduct.

Who we need: Senior academic staff who are registered with an external professional body and have considerable experience of pastoral, progression and professional issues.

Finance Committee

Meets five times a year to advise Council on matters related to the University’s finances.

Who we need: A member of non-professorial staff with an interest in University finances.

Health and Safety Committee

Meets three times a year to consult on matters relating to the safety of employees and trade union members at the University.

Who we need: A member of staff with an interest in health and safety and the University’s performance in this area.

Learning and Teaching Committee

Meets six times a year to enrich and promote the learning, teaching and assessment culture of the University.

Who we need: A member of staff who is a member of Senate and who is able to contribute to learning and teaching development and the management of quality and standards.

The Universities of Sheffield Military Education Committee

Meets twice a year and is principally a forum for liaison between the three Service Units with Sheffield student members and the two Sheffield universities.

Who we need: Members of staff with an interest in the development of students’ personal skills through military and adventure training.

Research Ethics Committee

Members meet up to four times a year. Their work informs the University’s approach. Members also do other work, which includes visits to departments and raising awareness of our ethics policy and review procedure.

Who we need: Members of staff from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professional Services.

Research and Innovation Committee

Meets three times a year to oversee the University’s approach to research and innovation.

Who we need: Members of staff who have an independent perspective in relation to research and innovation.