We're in The Sunday Times 100 best companies 2017

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The Sunday Times has placed us at number 25 in the 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2017 and we are the only university to be featured in this year’s ranking of Britain’s happiest and most motivated workforces.

We have also been awarded Best Companies 2-star accreditation status which represents outstanding levels of employee engagement.

Being ranked as one of the best companies 2017 represents your hard work, innovation and dedication and reminds us that we are a globally leading university that is ranked with some of the world’s best not-for-profit organisations.

We are only as strong as the people who work here – thank you to everyone for making our University one of the best companies to work for 2017.

Shearer West

There have been many proud moments this year, including being named as a Stonewall top 100 workplace for LGBT equality for four years running; the news that our AMRC Training Centre will teach McLaren apprentices to work in the new purpose-built production facility next to the AMRC; and our breakthrough in the fight against antibiotic resistance. 

Professor Shearer West, Provost & Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: “We are only as strong as the people who work here – thank you to everyone for making our University one of the best companies to work for 2017.”

Andrew Dodman, Chief Operating Officer, added: “This is an amazing achievement and I am delighted that the University has been recognised in this way. I am incredibly proud of all of you for getting us here. It’s your talent, ingenuity, energy and innovation that makes this a truly remarkable place to work.”


How can I share the news?

How do you feel about this exciting news? Follow the staff Twitter account @sheffunistaff and use #HeartShefUni to share your reasons for feeling proud of the University.

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How will we celebrate?

On 3 March, there is a UK-wide celebration of the best companies 2017. Why not use this as an opportunity to celebrate? Here are just a few celebration suggestions


What happens next?

We need to work together to make the most of this accolade. The benefits to staff and student recruitment as well as national and international reputation are not to be underestimated. Guidance will be shared with marketing and communications colleagues. 

Over the coming year, we want to collect examples of where our ranking has had real reputational value. Please send your examples to internalcommunications@sheffield.ac.uk along with any ideas you have of how we can make the most of this accolade.

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 2,310 colleagues last summer.

We were asked 70 questions over eight areas: my manager, leadership, my company, personal growth, my team, giving something back, fair deal and wellbeing.

Our top scores are for giving something back (the extent to which we feel the University has a positive impact on society); fair deal (how happy we are with pay and benefits); and personal growth (how we feel about training and future prospects).

Our highest engagement score was for the question, I feel proud to work for this organisation. This sense of pride is mirrored in our most recent staff survey results, where 94 per cent of respondents said they are proud to work for the University.