Why Sheffield Hallam

We value the contribution of all our staff every day, in terms of their commitment, passion, delivery and sheer hard work. In return we offer a fantastic range of rewards and benefits, challenging and interesting work and opportunities to achieve your potential in a supportive and inclusive environment, where people treat each other fairly and with respect.
We call this the Hallam Deal.


Work-life Balance & Annual Leave

Sheffield Hallam University is committed to supporting employees to achieve a healthy balance between their work and personal lives. Everyone needs time off, with their family, friends; and basically spend time doing things that aren’t work.

We offer a range of flexible working arrangements, and our academic staff benefit from a basic entitlement of 35 days annual leave. This doesn’t include the 8 UK bank holidays or 6 extended closure days each year. Our academic staff are expected to teach for 462 hours over the academic year, below that expected at many other universities.

Academic Induction

A new role is the start of an exciting journey, but we understand that starting somewhere new can also feel challenging. You’ll want to feel at home in your new academic community as soon as possible. That’s why we place the utmost importance on an effective induction.

You’ll benefit from a local Academic Induction as well as a university induction, together you’ll have the information, development and support to enable you to feel confident in your new role. All new staff attend our 'online welcome conversation' with our Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Chris Husbands and Chief People Officer, Dr. Sally Jackson.

Professional Development

A group of people sitting around a table with laptops in Charles StreetWe provide programmes for academic staff which incorporate practical development opportunities such as attending Sheffield Hallam events, external conferences and access to local staff development budgets. The Academic Development & Diversity support your inclusive teaching and learning practices, so that you can enable our diverse student communities to thrive and belong. You can develop your academic leadership as you progress, keep up to date with evidence-based and innovative approaches and apply for recognition with the Advance HE as part of our Fellowship scheme.

We also offer career development opportunities through performance and development reviews, coaching and mentoring schemes, as well as various leadership and management development programmes to help you build knowledge, skills, and capabilities for current and future challenges. For example our Leading into the Future programme is designed for under-represented groups in senior roles.


Academic Careers Framework

The Academic Careers Framework translates Transforming Lives into a set of indicators that show the contribution academics can make to develop a successful career and help Sheffield Hallam realise its ambitions. The indicators of achievement in the ACF indicate the expectations at each grade. The ACF sets out expectations for academic achievement, across four strands:

  • Academic citizenship and leadership (AC&L)
  • Research and innovation (R&I)
  • Teaching and learning (T&L)
  • External and professional engagement (E&PE)

Academic Progression

We offer competitive rates of pay, a yearly increment subject to satisfactory performance, and a route to progression based on fair, equitable and transparent criteria. The academic progression for a Lecturer is 3 years’ service in post, or where the Lecturer has been at the top of their grade for a period of 6 months. 

The University also has an annual application process for progression to Associate Professor and Professor for academics who can demonstrate a sustained outstanding contribution against the indicators set out in the Academic Careers Framework. Read our Career Profiles to see how our academics have used the framework to advance their careers.

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