The University of Sheffield Chemistry Department has taken the decision to make a large proportion of the Department’s technical support staff redundant, or significantly reduced their hours. The staff affected include our analytical services technicians such as our Mass Spectrometry and IR technicians, as well as two workshop staff, our resident glassblower, the Grubbs solvents manager, and our head and deputy safety officers.
I am sure you’ll agree these staff are vital to the functioning of the Chemistry Department. The 3rd year Skills for Success Programme could not operate without them, nor could the analytical training workshop. They make our labs safe, and have student welfare at the forefront of their minds. And while you might not know it, the majority of our glassware is made within the Department. They are key to supporting not just students’ undergraduate studies, but also the world-renowed research carried out in our labs. One of the key selling-points of our Department is the quality of the analytical services, but without the amazing staff who run it, that service is non-existent.
These support staff have worked at the University for years, and shown their loyalty and dedication to the Department. For some of them, the University of Sheffield has been their only place of work.
Please sign this petition to show your support for our staff, and show the Department that investing in their support staff means investing in their students. Save Our Support Staff