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The University of Sheffield

2016 League Table Ranking 27
2016 Overall Score 785
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Entry Standards 427 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 15.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.17 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,334 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.07 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 471 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 76.9 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 94.4 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 80.4 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 37.2 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Granted Royal Charter in 1905 and opened by King Edward VII.
  • Winner of four Queen's Anniversary Prizes in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2007.
  • Former staff and alumni include five Nobel Prize winners.

Location and Transport

  • Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in England, there are 4 trees to every person and 62% of the city is green space.
  • Located in the heart of the UK just 11 km (7 miles) from the Peak District National Park, and two hours from London by train.
  • Sheffield is well served by national road and rail networks and has excellent local transport. The university campus is on the western edge of the city centre and is easy to get to by car, bus and tram.
  • As England's fourth largest city, Sheffield is famously friendly, excellent for student social life and entertainment.

Entry Standards

  • Sheffield's A-level requirements range from AAA to ABB.

Student Mix

The 26,600 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • The majority of courses offer the chance to study abroad for a semester or a year as part of the degree.
  • There is a strong emphasis on module choice and collaboration between departments with a wide range of dual degrees available.
  • Most courses allow students to tailor their degree to suit their own interests.
  • Some courses offer a year in industry.

Teaching Standards

  • The last Teaching Quality Assessment awarded us grades of "excellent" in 29 subject areas, a record equalled by only a few other UK universities.
  • The UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education places Sheffield in the highest category for quality.

Research Standards

  • International reputation for world-class research.
  • The Research Excellence Framework 2014 puts Sheffield in the top 10 per cent of all UK universities.
  • 99% of research at Sheffield was assessed as internationally recognised or better by the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Academic Strengths

  • Twenty-nine Sheffield departments are ranked among the UK's top 10 for their research.
  • Highly rated for architecture, town and regional planning, geography, mechanical engineering, music, English, Russian, politics, history, Asian studies, computer science, dentistry, journalism and religious studies.
  • Other areas of excellence include, electronic and electrical engineering, automatic control and systems engineering, the biosciences.
  • Teaching informed by latest research developments.

Student Facilities

  • Award-winning £23-million Information Commons centre with 500 PCs, wireless access throughout, open 24/7.
  • The University library contains 1.3 million books and journals, with access to a further 435,000 e-books and e-journals.
  • 1,609 computer workstations available for student use.
  • Free access to the internet and email on campus, as well as off-campus access to files and email via the University portal.

Disability Services

Get information about disability services at Sheffield from:

  • The Hillsborough Centre, Alfred Denny Building, The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN;
  • Telephone 0114 222 1303.

Students' Union

  • Rated number 1 Students' Union in the UK for the last five years (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).
  • The Students’ Union building underwent a £5-million revamp in 2013 to provide more space and top class facilities for students, staff and visitors.
  • Almost 300  student societies.
  • Club nights and live music events all year round.
  • Cinema.
  • Bars, cafes and shops.
  • Practical help and support.
  • Run by students, for students.


  • Dozens of sports clubs from aikido to volleyball, for amateur or professional athletes.
  • High-tech gym, swimming pool, racquet sports, bouldering wall, floodlit pitches for football and rugby.
  • Sheffield is home to a number of world-class sporting venues that students can access.
  • Sports bursaries available.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University has invested £81 million into The Diamond building – its largest ever investment in teaching and learning – to create a fantastic place for modern interdisciplinary teaching. As well as specialist engineering teaching facilities, the building will also house a range of lecture theatres, seminar rooms, open-plan learning spaces, library services and social spaces, including a café.
  • The University is expanding its highly-rated Faculty of Engineering. New teaching laboratories are planned for the 4,000 engineers and a £20-million Graduate School is due to open in the Autumn of 2013.
  • The Students’ Union building underwent a £5-million revamp in 2013 to provide more space and top class facilities for students, staff and visitors.
  • The Management school moved to a new location in 2013. The new facilities will act as a dynamic hub, which will stimulate study, thought and the proactive exchange of ideas. Its new facilities are of a very high calibre and are designed to benefit students in their taught and independent study at every level.
  • Newly refurbished grade II Art Tower reopened in September 2011.
  • State-of-the-art £12-million research institute SITraN unveiled in November 2010, setting up Sheffield to become a world leader for research into motor neurone disease.
  • £3.4-million development of the iconic Western Bank Library was completed in February 2010.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Careers Service runs Jobshop, a walk-in service based in the union, advertising vacancies for students.
  • The Students’ Union itself employs over 500 students every year.

Careers Guidance

  • From the first year of a students degree, the Careers Service will help work out what students want to do and how to get there.
  • The University's specialist advisers will demonstrate what employers are looking for and how students can market themselves.
  • Opportunities for work experience and volunteering are available throughout the University.
  • When students graduate they will receive a Higher Education Achievement Report which highlights academic achievements as well as extra-curricular activities to potential employers.
  • Sheffield's Careers Service supports students and graduates up to three years after graduation.

Notable Alumni

  • Sir Donald Bailey (1901–1985) – Inventor of the famous World War II Bailey Bridge.
  • Carol Barnes (1944–2008) – Newscaster.
  • The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP – MP for Sheffield Brightside.
  • Lee Child – Crime fiction novelist.
  • Stephen Daldry, CBE – Director of films Billy Elliott, The Hours, and The Reader. Artistic Director of Royal Court Theatre (1992-1998)
  • David Davies, OBE – Former Executive Director of the Football Association.
  • Jessica Ennis – Great Britain Heptathlete – Olympic Heptathlon Champion, London 2012. European Heptathlon Champion, Barcelona 2010. World Heptathlon Champion, Berlin 2009.
  • Martin Fry – Lead singer with 80s pop band ABC.
  • Nicci Gerrard – Author (also writes as Nicci French)
  • Joanne Harris – Award-winning author of books including Chocolat.
  • Penny Hughes – Past-President, Coca-Cola Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Eddie Izzard – Comedian, Actor.
  • Amy Johnson (1903–1941) – Pioneering aviator of the 1930s.
  • The Rt. Hon Lord Justice Maurice Kay – Lord Justice of Appeal.
  • Sir Hans Kornberg – Master of Christ's College, Cambridge (1982–1995), world-famous biochemist.
  • Sir Harry Kroto – Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1996.
  • Vanessa Lawrence, CB – Director General of Ordnance Survey.
  • Hilary Mantel, CBE, FRSL – Author and winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009.
  • Sir Peter Middleton – Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Chairman of Camelot.
  • John O'Leary – Former Editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement.
  • The Rt Hon Lady Justice Rafferty, DBE – Lord Justice of Appeal.
  • Sir Richard Roberts – Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology (1993).
  • Jack Rosenthal (1931–2004) – Playwright.
  • Helen Sharman, OBE – Britain's first astronaut.
  • Rachel Shelley – Star of Emmy nominated TV show The L Word and of Oscar nominated movie Lagaan.
  • Linda Smith (1958–2006) – Comedienne.
  • David Wetherall – Former Premiership footballer at Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Bradford City.
  • Howard Wilkinson – Former football manager at Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday.

For further information

  • +44 114 222 2000
  • The University of Sheffield
    Western Bank
    S10 2TN
UCAS Code S18

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