By Jamie Capstick
University of Sheffield staff are reacting to the news that they have been named the one of the best places to work in the UK.
A Sunday Times poll ranking of the 100 Best Companies and not-for-profit organisations sat Sheffield at number 32- the only University to be included on the list.
It has been rewarded due to its achievements, amongst other things, in teaching and innovative learning methods- the qualities which have made the University one of the top 100 in the world.
But the University has received another accolade: a two-star accreditation for outstanding employee engagement.
29-year-old library support staff Kyle Billington said “I didn’t know anything about the award, but I’m really happy to work here”.
He said, “there’s a lot worse places to work. The student interaction here means that work is always a pleasant place to come to”.
The Sunday Times list, published in three days time, is a highly-anticipated event in the business industry. It notes the happiest and most driven companies in the UK.
54-year-old security guard Steve Sweeting paid testament to the University saying, “it’s a good place, it’s a good job, I have a good arrangement with my bosses and they give you proper training”.
Meanwhile 24-year-old Ana Popa, who works with teenager and children in the University of Sheffield Enterprise Zone, said, “it’s been amazing, all the staff have been so helpful and friendly”.
She said on her role, “even though it sounds hectic it is really fun”.
Speaking on the University of Sheffield website, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “I am delighted that the University has been recognised in this way.”
He said, “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.”
Recent research from the Russell-group institution partly led to the detection of gravitational waves and a possible treatment to breast cancer.
The University was further recognised last month by LGBT Stonewall for workplace equality.