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June 2015

Staff Survey 2015: results

(11 June 2015)

You should all have received the key highlights and RAG reports for your area from Staff Survey 2015, as well as the Faculty and University-level results.

Overall, Humanities had a very positive response to the survey: 90% of those who took part in the survey believe the University is a good place to work, and 90% of us feel interested in the University as more than a job. 

Across the Faculty, there were various areas where the response rates increased from 2013, such as the number of people who had a PDR or probation review in the last 12 months, and those who agreed clear professional and personal objectives in their PDR or probation review. There was also a significant increase in the number of people who said they were aware of their responsibilities within the University’s Dignity at Work and Study Policy on bullying, harassment and discrimination.

However, as highlighted in the email you received from Keith Brown, Vice-President and Dean, and Russell Ashworth, Director of Faculty Operations, earlier this month, there were a number of areas for improvement in the Faculty report.

They included:

  • 61% of us feel we have a good work-life balance compared to 74% for the whole University
  • 67% believe teaching staff are valued as part of the University community, which compares to 84% for the whole University
  • 73% of us believe facilities for teaching students are good compared to 86% for the University level response
  • Still only 49% of us know how to report accidents and incidents, whilst the figure for the University is 69%
  • 46% believe that change is managed well as opposed to 66% across the University as a whole.

(In addition, only 17% believe that enough is done to help staff prepare for and cope with change).

The Faculty’s Staff Survey Leads, Professor Ken Mcphail and Andrew Mullen, will now oversee the action planning process. This will involve consulting further with staff over the coming months around the key areas for improvement.

Action plans will be produced by each School and Faculty Office, as well as by the Faculty. These are due to be completed by the end of September 2015.

Read the Faculty of Humanities report.

Read the University-level report.