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We're number 32 in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2016, and the only university to be featured in this annual ranking of Britain’s happiest and most motivated workforces.

We’re delighted to announce that our University has been placed at number 32 in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2016.

We are the only university to be featured and have also been honoured with the Wellbeing Special Award, in recognition of our creative approach to positively improving all aspects of employees’ health.

Andrew Dodman, Director of Human Resources, said: “This is an amazing achievement and I am delighted that the University has been recognised in this way and 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.

“We have worked hard to create an environment in which talented staff can succeed, become leaders in their fields and make a real impact on the world.

“This latest recognition for our University underlines 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.”

It is our dedicated and talented staff from around the world who make this institution a place of high educational standards and an excellent place to work, and for that I am very grateful to you all.

Vice-Chancellor

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, said: “I am delighted that our University has been recognised in this way, however a university is only as strong as the staff who teach students, carry out research, and who support vital work from running our libraries and laboratories to student accommodation and IT provision.

“It is our dedicated and talented staff from around the world who make this institution a place of high educational standards and an excellent place to work, and for that I am very grateful to you all.”

The 2016 list is compiled from feedback from an independent survey which was sent to 2,700 colleagues across the University last year.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to this survey. We performed strongly across the board, but what makes us stand out is how proud our people are to work here. 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.

The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies – our top scores

The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies is the annual ranking of the cream of Britain's happy and motivated workforces. 

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.

The survey sent to colleagues here included 70 questions across eight areas. These included how people feel about and communicate with their direct manager; how people feel about the head of the organisation, senior management and the organisation’s values and principles; the level of engagement people feel with their job and organisation; how people feel about training and their future prospects; feelings towards their immediate colleagues and how well they work together; the extent to which people feel their organisation has a positive impact on society; how happy they are with pay and benefits; and how people feel about stress, pressure at work and life balance.

And we did especially well in three areas, coming 4th overall for Giving Something Back, 9th for Fair Deal, and 20th for Personal Growth. 

Congratulations everyone!