The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies 2017

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Thank you to everyone who completed this year's survey. We've finished above the target with a 36 per cent (833 staff) response rate. We should find out the results in December. 

Professor Shearer West, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Andrew Dodman, Chief HR and Corporate Officer explain why we registered to be considered for the The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2017:

"Nearly a year ago we made The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For and became the only university to be featured in this prestigious ranking in 2016.

"This external recognition adds to and supports our position as one of the top 100 universities in the world, renowned for the excellence, impact and distinctiveness of our research-led learning and teaching.

"This year we have registered to be considered for the 2017 list. We know that appearing on the list can help us in many ways, reaffirming the pride many of us have in working for the University and benchmarking against other top, leading organisations.

"The 2016 list was compiled from feedback from an independent survey which was sent to 2,700 colleagues across the University. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. We performed strongly across the board, and the area that made us stand out was how proud we are to work here.

"As many of you know, it is a time of great challenge for the higher education sector. We have worked hard to create an environment in which staff can succeed, become leaders in their fields and make a real impact in the world. We are committed to remaining a globally-leading university that can stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the world’s best companies.

"Best Companies Limited, on behalf of The Sunday Times, will randomly select 30 per cent of us to complete the anonymous and confidential survey this October. More information about the survey can be found below."

What should I look out for?
  • The email will come from with the subject The Best Companies 'b' heard survey is here!
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Who will get the survey and what will it ask?
  • 30 per cent of us will be randomly selected to complete a survey this October and we need a 30 per cent response rate to be considered for the list
  • Most people will receive the survey by email. Some colleagues in EFM will receive a paper copy, and people on maternity leave will receive a login code by post
  • The survey contains questions on eight key indicators of staff engagement: My Manager, Leadership, My Company, Personal Growth, My Team, Giving Something Back, Fair Deal, Wellbeing.
Is the survey confidential?
  • The survey responses are managed by Best Companies Limited and are confidential and anonymous.
When does the survey close?
  • Best Companies will send two reminder emails – on 10 and 17 October
  • The normal timescale for return is two weeks from receiving the first survey invite.
What if I have a question about the survey?
  • If you have any questions about the survey, please email
When will we get the results?
  • We will be informed of the outcome by The Sunday Times in late December or early January 2017
  • We will communicate the outcome and learning with you shortly afterwards.
How are the best 100 chosen?
  • The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For is the ranking of the cream of Britain’s employers
  • The data-gathering and analysis used across all sectors are extensive. It’s the staff themselves who fill in the anonymous surveys from which the scores are compiled — a total of 241,361 people filled out questionnaires for the 2016 list with opinions about their bosses, their working conditions and their employer’s values
  • Once a company is on the list, they have to work to stay there. 925 firms registered to take part in the 2016 survey and there were 79 new entries, displacing those who didn’t make the grade
  • The lists honour: The 100 Best Companies to Work For in the mid-size category, (250-3,000 employees); The 25 Best Big Companies to Work For (3,000-plus); SMEs (50-250 staff) are assessed in The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For; Public-sector bodies, charities and housing associations are recognised in 100 Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For
  • The methods of data-gathering and analysis employed in the quest to find the country's Best Companies to Work For mean that the lists are widely acknowledged as the most extensive research into employee engagement carried out in this country. All the scores and ratings that are assessed to compile the lists are based on employee opinions, and each year the questionnaires are revised and updated to reflect current workplace concerns.