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Equality and diversity are essential to our academic and business strengths and we believe that excellence comes through recognising the value of each individual.

We have a range of staff networks, organised and led by our staff to help promote an inclusive working environment. Our Staff Networks provide a safe space for colleagues sharing particular circumstances or characteristics to connect with others, share experiences and challenge organisational practices to create a more inclusive working environment.

Members of a university staff diversity network group are enabled to attend university approved meetings and events, related to these groups, in working time. These groups include: 

• SIGNAL (LGBTQ+ network Group)
• Race Staff Network
• SPARK (Disabled Network Group)
• Genders Network Group
• Parents & Carers Staff Network
• Allies Network Group

Random Coffee and LGBTeaQ+

Random Coffee pairs up colleagues from across the University randomly every six weeks to meet for a coffee (or another drink) and a chat. Since Covid, our staff have been meeting up virtually. Since the scheme started in September 2018, over 500 members of staff have taken part with many saying it’s helped them to understand more about our colleagues and how different areas of the University work.

LGBTQ+ staff also have the opportunity to sign up to LGBTeaQ+ at Hallam which operates in the same way as Random Coffee. LGBTQ+ staff are encouraged to participate in both schemes.


We host a number of special events over the year that reflect on our past and look forward to an exciting future. 

These events include the FABS talks series, organised by the Department of Finance, Accounting and Business Systems (FABS), a series of six talks featuring experts from high profile businesses such as Clipper Logistics and Virgin Money. For more information and to register, please click here.

Trade Unions

Sheffield Hallam is committed to working in partnership with employee representatives. You're welcome to join a trade union, professional association or employee organisation and participate in its activities. We recognise UNISON, GMB, UNITE and UCU for the purposes of collective bargaining.

To hear more from each of the trade unions about the work they do and how they're helping make Sheffield Hallam a great place to work please visit our trade unions page.


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