Sheffield Universities Pledge to Support the Armed Forces Community | News

The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University have pledged their support to the armed forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

  • The Vice-Chancellors of the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University have signed the Armed Forces Pact, a pledge made to support the armed forces community to ensure they are not disadvantaged
  • Fewer children from Armed Forces families access higher education than their peers due to factors such as mobility, separation and family responsibilities
  • Adopting the principles of the Compact will ensure that students and personnel from military backgrounds get the support they need, including flexibility in granting time off to parents, spouses and service partners, and tailoring training and deployment of reservists to the extent possible.

The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University have pledged their support to the armed forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant, recognizing the value that serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to the community.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge by businesses and organizations across the UK to commit to ensuring that members of the armed forces community are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged in their daily lives compared to to their peers.

The University of Sheffield signed the Pact for the first time, and Sheffield Hallam re-signed, having first pledged in 2017.

Adopting the principles of the Armed Forces Compact will further strengthen support for students and personnel at both universities with ties to the military. This includes supporting employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces, supporting local cadet units, and connecting alumni with military backgrounds with students and cadet units.

Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “We are very happy to sign the Armed Forces Pact. Factors such as mobility, separation, well-being and family responsibilities mean that students and personnel from the armed forces may need additional support or special attention.

Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said: “I am delighted to reaffirm Sheffield Hallam’s commitment to supporting students and staff in the Armed Forces community. Reservists and veterans have much to contribute to our university, and the Armed Forces Covenant rightly commits institutions to ensuring that they can thrive and succeed.

They were joined by South Yorkshire Deputy Lieutenant Charles Turner, who re-signed the pledge on behalf of Sheffield-based machine blade manufacturer Durham-Duplex.

He said“I am delighted to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and reaffirm Durham-Duplex’s support for the men and women of the British Armed Forces.

“As a veteran, I know the Armed Forces Covenant is an important and visible part of the military’s engagement with employers in the UK. The covenant is also a pledge by the signatory to treat those who currently serve and those who have served with fairness and respect in the community, economy and society.

“This pact should not be signed lightly as it is a commitment to action and as an employer I have always found ex-servicemen to be wonderful employees.”

The Armed Forces Pact was introduced in public life in 2000 to refer to the mutual obligations between the nation and its armed forces.

It is “a commitment that together we recognize and understand that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve in their lives”.