People

We are shaping an outstanding environment in which to learn, research, collaborate and work. Our investments in our people, our infrastructure and our ways of working, and our work on equality of opportunity and inclusion increasingly mean that we are known for quality and professionalism across UK higher education. We are reshaping the way we develop all our people.

Our staff have a depth of expertise, knowledge, and experience. However, we are looking radically at the way we work, being open to new organisational arrangements for teaching, learning and our professional and support services. We are putting our students and customers at the centre of our service design and provisions, with a view to making them more efficient, agile, and flexible.  Our response to the pandemic has taught us that we can be a genuinely agile organisation, one in which cross-functional working is embedded, in which decisions are taken quickly and in which collaborative leadership can thrive.

Our values

Central to our work are our Hallam Values – the result of a wide-ranging consultation process to develop a set of integrative values which drive the way the university works and we seek to embed throughout the university – in the way we work, the way we interact and the way we lead.

AMBITION We believe that everyone can make an impact and our role is to encourage and inspire each individual to be the best they can be.

COLLABORATION We nurture a supportive culture where working together is a part of everyday learning and problem-solving.

INCLUSION We speak up for equality and diversity so that every single person can feel they belong in our community.

INNOVATION We encourage curious minds and creative solutions which can bring positive change in real-world settings.

INTEGRITY We cultivate an environment of openness, authenticity and compassion where everyone can thrive.

Core to our ambition is the commitment that questions of equality, diversion and inclusion become central to the university, shared by everyone; with an inclusive environment that values every individual.  Appreciable strides have been made towards having a stronger, more visible EDI leadership structure.   We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff, students, board, stakeholders and supporters.  We respect the individuality of each member of our Hallam community and we are committed to a place of work and study free of any kind of discrimination.  Respect, inclusion and opportunity for people of all backgrounds, lifestyles and perspectives fosters a richness of ideas to drive forward our ambition of Transforming Lives.  

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

At Sheffield Hallam, we aspire to be a place of belonging where everyone is treated with dignity and respectand which recognises the multiple identities people have. 
We are committed to creating an environment that celebrates the diversity of students, staff and other stakeholders and enables everyone to achieve their full potential.  We believe that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual and empowering everyone to contribute fully and to derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the university.

We believe that Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is everybody’s responsibility and that the whole university community is responsible for delivering a safe and respectful environment for our students and staff. We are proud to hold an Athena Swan Institutional Bronze award for our work in gender equality, and in 2021 we will be applying for the Race Equality Charter to advance our work on race equality. We are a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion scheme and have recently successfully renewed our Disability Confident Leader status. We have also recently been accredited as a University of Sanctuary, in recognition of our efforts to provide a welcoming space for people seeking sanctuary.

EDI is a dynamic and evolving area, and our distributed leadership model ensures that senior leaders are engaged with and contribute to the university’s EDI priorities. Our appointed ULT EDI Champions provide visible leadership for priority areas (disability, faith, gender, LGBT+, parents and carers, race and wellbeing) and chair our EDI steering groups. Our EDI work is further supported by a coalition of colleagues from across the university, including our EDI Networks, the Academic Development and Diversity team, colleagues in Human Resources and Organisational Development and the recently appointed EDI leads for all Academic Departments.

Equality objectives

Our Equality Objectives embody the university’s ambition to create a transformational and aspirational culture of inclusion for all students and staff. We are proud of the rich diversity of our Hallam community, and value a culture where every individual can succeed and thrive.

We aspire to be a place of belonging where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and which recognises the multiple identities people have. We are committed to creating an environment that celebrates the diversity of students, staff and other stakeholders and enables everyone to achieve their full potential. We believe that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual and empowering everyone to contribute fully and to derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the university.

We believe that equality, diversity and inclusion is everybody’s responsibility and that the whole Hallam community is responsible for delivering a safe and respectful environment for our students and staff.

The Equality Objectives - 2021–2024

These have been developed around five themes and reflect the Hallam Values of Ambition, Collaboration, Inclusion, Innovation and Integrity. The objectives set out our ambitions for the next three years and will be used to inform our EDI Delivery Plan.

1. Cultural competence. Empower students and staff with the skills to respect different cultures and to study, work and lead inclusively.

2. Equality of access, outcome and experience. Improve equality of access, outcome and experience for students and staff so that all can succeed and thrive.

3. Inclusion. Support all students and staff to bring their whole selves to study or work so that everyone knows they belong.

4. Place. Be a leader in inclusive practice, collaborating with individuals, stakeholders and society.

5. Safety. Provide an environment where all students and staff feel confident in raising concerns and receiving a response.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to our Hallam Community and sharing more about the transformational work we are doing in this area.