Staffordshire University is a public research university in Staffordshire, England. It has one main campus based in the city of Stoke-on-Trent and three other campuses; in Stafford, Lichfield and Shrewsbury.
The university has two main campuses, four smaller campuses, and extensive links with National, European and transnational academic institutions.
The two main campuses (Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford) and the Lichfield campus all have purpose built Business Villages, having fully furnished small office spaces with internet access.
In the 2012/13 academic year, the then Vice-Chancellor, Michael Gunn, announced that a consultation exercise would be undertaken on whether to keep both campuses (Stafford and Stoke) open or whether to close one. The university announced the result of their Estates Strategy on 30 January 2014 after the Board of Governors met at a special meeting to decide on it the night before. The decision was made to move the computing and entertainment technology courses to the Stoke-on-Trent campus by 2016 and health courses in Stafford will remain.
The university restructured in 2021 and has now three academic schools, alongside the Institute of Education and Staffordshire University London.
- School of Digital, Technology and Arts
- School of Health, Science and Wellbeing
- School of Justice, Security and Sustainability
- Institute of Education
- Staffordshire University London
Staffordshire University Services
As of 1st April 2021, all new academic and professional services staff are employed by Staffordshire University Services – which the University describes as ‘a wholly owned subsidiary company of Staffordshire University’. Staff employed by Staffordshire University Services have no access to the defined benefit Teachers’ Pension Scheme and instead join a new defined contribution scheme that does guarantee a set level of income in retirement.
The University and College Union claimed that this would create a “two tier workforce”.
In March 2022, Almost three-quarters (70 per cent) of staff backed strike action over the matter.