The University of Sheffield


We’re a world-class Russell Group university at the heart of an extraordinary city, driven by outstanding people working as one. Our community is made up of 30,000 students from 150 countries, 8,000 staff, including 1,500 of the world’s leading academics and over 30,000 alumni from 205 countries across the world. 

Our people are at the heart of everything we do. Whether you work in a lab, in an office, behind the scenes or on the campus grounds, we work together as One University. The University of Sheffield community’s diverse backgrounds, abilities and beliefs make Sheffield a remarkable place to work. We know that when people come together with different views, approaches and insights it can lead to richer, more creative and innovative teaching and research and the highest levels of student experience. That’s why we’re committed to building a diverse community of staff and students that recognises and values the abilities, backgrounds, beliefs and ways of living for everyone. 

We are proud that women make up 50 per cent of our workforce, nearly 15 per cent of our staff are from a Black, Asian and Other Minority Ethnic background, and international colleagues make up 21 per cent. 

Race equality

From updating our Race Equality Strategy and Action Plan in 2021 which aims at improving the representation, progression and success of our BAME students and staff, to opening and supporting respectful dialogue exploring these difficult issues, we are committed to improving race equality.

Our Staff Race Equality Network (SREN) is open to all Black, Asian and Other Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and aims to address the needs, priorities and concerns of both academic and professional members of staff at the University who self-identify as BAME. 

Gender equality

We're working to progress gender equality, from career pathways to maternity support, networks for parents and a menopause friendly workplace.

Our Senate and Council Committees now have an overall average of 44 per cent female membership. Six out of 13 colleagues on our Executive Board are female, including our Deputy Vice-Chancellor. 

Disability inclusion

We're building an inclusive environment where disabled staff and students can meet their full potential.

From consulting with our staff and students on a university-wide disability survey to launching our disability equality strategy and action plan in 2022, we are committed to improving the experiences for our disabled staff and students. 

LGBT+ equality

We're passionate about creating an inclusive University for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff and students.

A LGBT+ Strategy Review Group was established to review our work to progress LGBT+ inclusion and identify any provisions that need updating and any gaps. Their work and feedback from our staff and student community have helped develop the new strategy and action plan. 

The LGBT+ Staff Network provides a space for LGBT+ staff and PhD students at the University of Sheffield (and all associated services) to come together to socialise, share information, and support one another. 

Religion, Belief and No-belief

We’re committed to improving the culture and experience of students and staff for whom religion, belief or no-belief is an important aspect of their identity at the University of Sheffield. We’ve developed a strategy and Action Plan that outlines how we will continue to build a more inclusive workplace and student experience that is tailored to the needs of our staff and students. 

Belief, No Belief, Religious (BNBR) Life Centre works with staff, students and local communities to offer care and support for people of all faiths and none.