Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 12.50.41The University of Sunderland has been awarded the Investors in People Silver accreditation, demonstrating continued commitment to realising the potential of their 1,700 staff.

The recent assessment sought views from staff and their managers on a range of aspects including the University strategy for leading, managing and developing people effectively; promoting equality of opportunity; improving performance; planning learning and development; and people being involved in decision making, and builds on the University having achieved Bronze accreditation in 2012.

Investors in People is the UK’s leading accreditation for business improvement through people management, and provides a wealth of resources for businesses to innovate, improve and grow, with a focus on good people making great business.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “Achieving the Investors in People Silver standard is something that any organisation should be truly proud of. It is the sign of a company which is very committed to good people management practice and we’d like to congratulate the University of Sunderland on their achievement.”

Steve Burrows, Managing Director of Investors in People North of England said:“This is a fantastic achievement for the University of Sunderland and I would like to congratulate the team on their success. We believe that good people make a great business and as a proven organisational development framework, Investors in People is designed to help organisations and their people to realise potential, enhance performance and meet goals. With their Silver accreditation, Sunderland is certainly working to realise their people potential.”

Commenting on the award, Andrea Walters, Director of Human Resources at the university, said: “We are delighted to have achieved the Silver accreditation as recognition of the good progress we are making. This is very positive news and, importantly, the assessors findings confirm that many staff across the institution feel positive about the direction we are moving in and are proud to work for the University of Sunderland.”

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