Valuing what matters

People and our values

Our people sit at the heart of our strategic plan, as transforming lives begins with our own staff.

We will foster a supportive and friendly environment to support staff and students to transform lives by:

  • Providing opportunities to attract, retain and develop individuals
  • Building a diverse and inclusive community
  • Responding with flexibility to the challenges of the changing world.

Objectives

  • Excite and inspire our students by investing in and developing the best staff
  • Encourage a culture of respect, integrity and belonging
  • Strengthen and value the diversity and inclusivity of our community
  • Support the health and wellbeing of our staff
  • Expand our lifetime offer to University Alumni

Transforming lives begins with our own staff

As one of the region's largest employers with over 2,425 staff, our people sit at the heart of our strategic plan.

We aim to attract individuals who enjoy being innovative and want to excel and add value, and who embody our values to be friendly, ambitious, collegiate, enterprising and student-focused. We are also committed to developing an outstanding workforce from within. Our digital capabilities toolkit and development provision includes a subscription to LinkedIn Learning which provides free access to a huge selection of online learning resources available to all staff and students. And our new Learning and Organisational Development team reflect this commitment by providing an integrated, flexible and tailored service to all our staff, whether its standard or bespoke training, organisational development activities or providing apprenticeship programmes.

We aim to attract individuals who enjoy being innovative and want to excel and add value, and who embody our values to be friendly, ambitious, collegiate, enterprising and student-focused. We are also committed to developing an outstanding workforce from within.

To allow our staff to flourish and support our students to fulfil their potential means creating a diverse and wholly inclusive community, where colleagues know they are listened to and respected. Our staff networks cover:

  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups (BAME)
  • Carers (UHCarers)
  • Disability and Wellbeing Network (DAWN)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans+ (LGBT+)
  • Working Parents (WPN)
  • Menopause Network (positivepause)

The networks provide an informal and safe space where staff can be themselves and discuss issues or challenges of specific interest that have an effect on them at work. They provide a platform for groups to have a voice within the University, increasing awareness of 'what it's like to be in my shoes'.

Likewise, looking after our staff wellbeing is of paramount importance. One of the ways the University is embracing this approach is through the creation of a network of Wellbeing Champions, a group of staff volunteers from each Strategic Business Unit (SBU) who will provide guidance for colleagues on the range of support services available to them, from the Employee Assistance Programme, to the Active Staff scheme. Active Staff provides staff with a wide range of physically active classes and sessions to try for free. It gives them the opportunity to step away from their work, look after themselves, and maybe try something new.

The University of Hertfordshire’s Vice-Chancellor’s Awards is our annual celebration of the commitments and accomplishments of our staff. Staff and students can nominate outstanding colleagues and alumni in a total of 19 categories, culminating in an awards ceremony attended by the winners, along with their colleagues, friends and family.