The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For

The annual ranking of the cream of Britain's happy and motivated workforces

Firth Court

We've registered with The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For with the aspiration to be included in their list for 2016

How does it work?

  • During October, an email from Best Companies may land in your inbox
  • The email and survey will be sent from and will ask you to complete the ‘b heard’ survey
  • If you don’t receive an email before the end of October, you haven’t missed it, emails won’t be sent to everyone
  • Best Companies will randomly select the required number of employees to participate
  • The survey is confidential and anonymous and will be sent directly from the survey provider, Best Companies, which is an independent research organisation
  • If you receive an emailed survey, please complete and return it within the given timescale (this will normally be two weeks from receiving the email)
  • Paper copies of the survey will be sent to people who don't have easy access to a computer.

2,700 randomly selected staff will receive a survey to complete in October 2015

Why are we doing it?

  • Feedback from staff and managers is that this external and prestigious recognition and award would further assist in attracting top talent to the University, including staff from outside of the higher education sector
  • 94 per cent of respondents said they were proud to work for the University in our 2014 Staff Survey, and this accolade would reaffirm that pride in working for the University
  • We will still be undertaking our usual Staff Survey in 2016 as this is sent to all our staff and allows us to benchmark against previous survey results
  • The Best Companies survey is a way of benchmarking against peer organisations, most of whom are lead employers in their sector
  • It would be great to be the first higher education institution on the list.

Please complete and return your survey if you receive one; thank you

What happens next?

  • We will be informed of the outcome by The Sunday Times in late December/early January 2016
  • We will communicate the outcome and learning to you via the staff home page shortly afterwards
  • We hope to make the list of Top 100 Companies to Work For
  • If we don’t make the list, we hope to receive a star accreditation which we can use to enhance the reputation of the University as an employer
  • We will benefit from the feedback of the survey results as well as from benchmarking with other top, leading organisations.

If you have any questions about the survey, please email