Sheffield university staff up by a quarter

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More than 7,000 people are now employed by The University of Sheffield after the workforce grew by a quarter.

The number of staff employed by the university has risen from 5,553 in 2009-10, to 7,009 at the end of February – an increase of 26 per cent during tough economic times.

Academic appointments from around the world and new starters have increased, while staff turnover has fallen from 19 to 13 per cent, said the university.

Andrew Dodman, director of human resources, said: “By creating jobs and investing in our people, we’re demonstrating our commitment to the highest global standards of teaching and research.

“Our commitment to creating a remarkable place to work – as well as study and learn – comes despite the challenging times and unprecedented change in the UK higher education sector.”

The university is one of the biggest employers in Sheffield.

Last year it launched a talent scheme to attract a diverse range of staff and maximise their potential.

Another project appointed 15 researchers – who are carrying out ground-breaking work in medical and business fields.

And more jobs are to be created after the university secured 50 acres of land at Sheffield Business Park for hi-tech manufacturing.

The first development, called Factory 2050 and combining a range of technologies, will employ 162 people during its construction and 75 when it is operational.

Another 400 staff are expected to join the faculty of engineering by 2020 as part of a new £81 million department currently being constructed on the former Jessop Hospital site.

Professor Mike Hounslow, pro-vice-chancellor for the faculty, said: “Over the last five years there has been enormous growth in demand from those wanting to study with us, work with us and research with us.

“That demand has given us considerable ambition to recruit outstanding staff.”