Employee Engagement Survey - Human Resources - Newcastle University

Employee Engagement Survey

2016 Engagement Survey Results

Key messages from the University survey results: Summary of Results (PDF, 94KB)

Video summary from our Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Chris Day

University Wide Highlight and Comments Reports

2017 University Wide Report (PDF, 312KB)
2017 University Wide Comments Summary (PDF, 407KB)

Resources for Managers and Heads of Unit

University Actions

We ran two staff events in March to gain your input into three key aspects of the survey:

  1. Feeling valued – the key driver of engagement (49% of staff feel valued);
  2. Executive Board visibility – high negative score in the survey (35% disagree EB is visible)
  3. Maintaining pride in the university – high positive score in the survey (82% are proud to work for Newcastle University)


As a result of these sessions, we have shared results with the Executive Board and are already putting some of your ideas into action. For example, from April, Executive Board meetings will be held around campus to enable EB members to be more visible to more staff and plans are being developed to give staff the opportunity to be involved in the development of the new vision and strategy for the university – watch this space!

Focus Groups

We also ran a number of focus groups in March and April to explore your perspectives on three key issues:

  • Leadership and communication
  • Being valued
  • Career progression

These focus groups provided context and detail on the issues, ideas and concerns described in the free text comments from the main survey. The results are being analysed and will form the basis of a report due to be completed towards the end of May 2017.

The 2016 Engagement Survey – Key Information

The Team

The Employee Engagement Survey project leaders are Dr Rosa Spencer and Dr Adam Jones, with support from Lorraine Masters, Assistant Director Organisational Development, and a task and finish group of key stakeholders comprised of representatives from across the university. The team have appointed a survey provider, ORC, who are working with them to ensure we have a survey that will really help us understand how people feel about working at our university.

If you have any queries or would like further information please contact Adam.

Who are ORC?

ORC are employee engagement experts with extensive experience of conducting employee surveys. In the UK, they are the leading provider of employee research services within the Public and Private sector. They have valuable insight and knowledge in understanding employee engagement in the university context and the challenges facing the HE sector.
ORC are undertaking the survey in line with the Data Protection Act, Market Research Society Code of Conduct and Fair Data mark, which means they will only provide aggregate data back to the University. They will never provide any analysis of a group of less than ten people. The results and reports are completely anonymous.