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The University takes its civic role seriously and is committed to enhancing the wellbeing and vibrancy of the region. We have outstanding staff that can offer a wide range of expertise and are excellent ambassadors for the University.

Volunteering contributes positively to staff wellbeing and development and makes a difference to the community in which we work. Sheffield Hallam actively encourages staff to undertake volunteering by providing paid time off work to undertake volunteering, supporting them to source volunteering opportunities and recognising the value of volunteering.

The University supports employees to be involved in volunteering by providing employees with time to undertake volunteering during their normal working hours. One day's leave can be taken by employees as Volunteering Leave during each leave year.

Voluntary Action Sheffield

If staff would like to volunteer with a local charity or organisation in your spare time, you can do this via Sheffield Hallam's Student Union (SHSU’s) partnership with Voluntary Action Sheffield. There are a wide variety of different roles available that will develop your skills or provide you with an opportunity to learn something completely new. Insert para The SHUS volunteering team can also help a small number of teams to set-up staff volunteering action days in the local community, particularly during their quieter months between May and August. 


Volunteering to be a Governor (schools, colleges, Multi-Academy Trusts) 


Becoming a Governor is a rewarding way for our staff to make a real impact in the community, using their knowledge and expertise to enhance educational health in our region and giving something back. 

The University has convened South Yorkshire Futures, which is a social mobility partnership supported by the Department for Education. South Yorkshire Futures is focused on improving standards of attainment at every age and stage, including by increasing the number and raising the quality of School and College Governors and Directors of Multi-Academy Trusts in the region. 

To support this programme of activity, the University encourages staff to support the Governor initiative and will allow a reasonable amount of paid time off work during normal working hours where necessary. The university is mapping schools and colleges that do not have a Hallam governor, or have particular skills gaps that Hallam staff possess, with staff who would like to take up the opportunity. Staff will be assisted in finding a placement through 'Inspiring Governance', a free service for volunteers, schools and employers. Further information can be found here.

Payroll Giving

We offer a payroll giving scheme which is a simple, tax efficient and secure way to give to any UK charity straight from your monthly pay. Your donation costs you less, allowing you to give more to the charity of your choice - making a real difference. Payroll Giving deductions are made to your gross pay before your tax is calculated. This means any tax that would have been due on this money isn't taken but is instead sent on to your chosen charity. For example, if you pay basic rate tax (20%), a £10 monthly donation would cost you £8 per month.

Not sure which charity to choose?

Sheffield Hallam University is a charity. In 2016 the Hallam Fund was established to provide additional and much needed support to our student and research community so they can overcome barriers, access the best opportunities and take on some of society's greatest issues.

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