Who We Are

The Department of Corporate Information and Computing Services (CiCS) sits at the heart of The University of Sheffield, supporting both students and the wider University to use technology to achieve their goals, requiring us to meet a broad range of challenges!

As part of The University of Sheffield, we have been placed by The Sunday Times in the 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2018 list. We are extremely proud to be the only University in the list for the third consecutive year.

Professor Gill Valentine, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor said: “We are thrilled to be in the Times Best 100 for the third year running. This ranking is testament to our hard-working, dedicated colleagues who make this University a remarkable place to work.”

“As a University, we work hard to create an environment in which colleagues can succeed, become leaders and make a real impact in the world. We are committed to remaining a remarkable place to work and to stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the world’s best companies.”

In January 2019, The University of Sheffield has also been named as a top employer for workplace equality for the sixth year in a row by the leading LGBT+ charity Stonewall, achieving its highest ever ranking!

The University of Sheffield has been named as a top employer for workplace equality for the sixth year in a row by the leading LGBT charity Stonewall, moving up 64 places to achieve its highest ever ranking of 23rd. In recognition of its continued dedication to workplace equality, the University has been ranked in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list – a definitive list showcasing the best employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.

The Stonewall Top 100 Employers are the best performing employers on the charity’s Workplace Equality Index – an annual audit of workplace culture for LGBT staff

 

An interview with Chris – Academic Systems and Operations Manager

What’s the best thing about working here?

Chris said “Things I really like about working here are the environment, the support, holidays and lots of perks like the University closing over Christmas and excellent sick pay, they look after you. I also like that they offer you the opportunity to have your own ideas which they are happy for you to bring to the table.

Credit is given as is the opportunity to put things into practice. Within CiCS, people are happy for you to learn and evolve and gain new skills.

This is the right place for people who are proactive and like being busy. You will not get your hand held but you will be empowered to learn and use your initiative.”

What’s made you stay for 10 years?

Chris said “Over the last 10 years not one day has been the same, so many different staff, students and systems. Opportunities have always come up which I have grabbed. It hasn’t been a straight climb up the career ladder but I have zigzagged gaining new skills and experiencing new roles.”

What two of the University’s “Guiding Principles” do you think best reflect the values and culture within CiCS and why?

Chris prioritised the following “Leading the Way: I have been lucky enough to set up the University’s Creative Media Centre which supports the whole of the University in using a variety of media production methods to support their studies. It is something that just doesn’t exist at other universities.”

and “Working Together: In order for us to do our job we need to all pull in the same direction and it’s about supporting each other and working together. We work together to make things happen!”

 

Meet the leadership team

 

 

Ms Bella Abrams

Bella Abrams

Director of IT

Corporate Information & Computing Services

Keith Lilley

Keith Lilley

Director of Infrastructure

Estates & Facilities Management

Kath Winter

Kath Winter

Assistant Director

Frontline & Customer Services

Nathan Cunningham

Nathan Cunningham

Assistant Director

Research & Infrastructure

John McAuley

John McAuley

Assistant Director

Architecture & Governance

David Surtees

David Surtees

Assistant Director

Development & Operations