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Sheffield Hallam University

2016 League Table Ranking 72
2016 Overall Score 619
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Entry Standards 317 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 17.4 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.76 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,455 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 4.02 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 404 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 59.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 87.0 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 65.7 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 66.8 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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  • We can trace our history back to two colleges based in Sheffield in the 19th century.
  • These colleges later merged with Sheffield Training College and Sheffield Technology College to create Sheffield Polytechnic, which then became Sheffield Hallam University in 1992.
  • Since then, we have grown to become one of the largest modern universities in the UK.

Location and Transport

  • Based in England's fourth largest city. Major road and rail networks link Sheffield directly with the rest of the country and the city itself is served by excellent bus and tram services.
  • The City Campus is directly adjacent to Sheffield's central Passenger Transport Interchange at Pond Street, and is a two minute walk from Sheffield's main railway station.
  • There is a taxi rank outside the railway station and the journey time to Collegiate Campus is around 10 minutes.

Entry Standards

  • Entry requirements vary depending on the course. UCAS tariff points system used for undergraduate entry.
  • New students have an average of 300–320 tariff points.
  • Policy is to accept a range of qualifications, skills and enrichment activities, including work experience, life skills and non-traditional qualifications.

Student Mix

The 33,100 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

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

Course Flexibility

  • Offers a range of distance learning and part-time courses as well as well as traditional full-time courses.
  • A pioneer in the development of work-based learning. Many of our full-time undergraduate degrees include an optional paid placement year.
  • Support flexible patterns of study. Students can swap to part-time study mid-course.

Teaching Standards

  • Teaching is first rate. Top rated subjects: Nursing, Paramedical Studies, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Radiotherapy, Biological Sciences, Tourism, Transport & Travel, Building, Town & Country Planning, Engineering, Sport Science, Food and Nutrition, Law, Management.

Research Standards

  • 65 per cent of research activity was rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
  • 18 per cent of research gained the top rating of 4*, meaning it is world leading.
  • The University is in the top five of all modern universities based on research power (grade point average).
  • A distinguishing feature is the close coupling of academic research with knowledge transfer to business and industry, which links into teaching.
  • Particular strengths in architecture/built environment and planning, social affairs, art and design, and education research.
  • Business partnerships are of strategic importance, providing commercial opportunities and student work placement opportunities.

Academic Strengths

  • Successful balance between widening participation and retention.
  • Vocational courses promote employability, with strong employer links via placements. Course design aligned to employer requirements.
  • Forward thinking in terms of learning methods and techniques with students using the latest e-learning techniques to support their studies.
  • Sheffield Hallam works with around 59 professional bodies, and with business and industry leaders.

Student Facilities

  • The University's two learning centres, located on both camuses, combine traditional academic library resources, electronic information resources, IT facilities and integrated learner support.
  • They are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day during semesters.
  • 4,500 PCs available for student use plus a loan laptop scheme.
  • Support services include counselling, a nursery, disabled student support, educational advisers, multi-faith chaplaincy, drop in study-practice service and a financial support team.
  • Business start-up services support budding entrepreneurs who are current students or recent graduates. Career advice is also available.

Disability Services

Get information on disability services at Sheffield Hallam:
  • Telephone and minicom 0114 225 3964, or fax 0114 225 2161.
  • Type talk, text 0800 500 888; voice 0800 515 152.
  • Text direct, text user 18001 + phone number; phone user 18002 + phone number.

Students' Union

  • Hallam Union is a multi-award winning union with a wide range of activities on offer which allow students to make the most their time at university, and equip them with skills and experience which will enhance their degree and CV ready for graduation
  • There are more than 60 different societies, from film to belly dance, and more than 40 sports clubs.
  • More than 700 students are involved in Hallam Union volunteering projects, two of which recently won the coveted Inspire Mark for working with youngsters around the 2012 Olympics.
  • The Advice Centre provides independent, non-judgemental and free information and advice on any issues that students may encounter.


  • Sport and fitness facilities, conveniently located on both campuses, include gyms, sports halls, a floodlit games area and a movement/dance studio.
  • The University's newly opened outdoor sports centre at Bawtry Road features international-standard rugby and football pitches following a £5million redevelopment in 2013.
  • The English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS) is an official satellite campus for the University. This £20-million state-of-the-art facility is home to many of our sport students and several of our sport teams, as well as some of Team GB's top athletes.
  • An extensive range of sports clubs and activities are available, to suit all levels of ability. Students can compete for Team Sheffield Hallam in university sport leagues and competitions or take part in social sessions in more than 20 different sports every week.
  • Every year both Sheffield universities compete in one of the country's largest Varsity competitions, with more than 60 fixtures played across venues throughout the City, including Sheffield Arena, Hillsborough stadium, Don Valley Stadium and the EISS.
  • Sheffield Hallam's performance athlete support programme offers scholarships and a comprehensive support package for talented student athletes.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Sheffield Hallam is made up of two campuses within easy walking distance of each other, which linked by a range of privately owned student accommodation.
  • Over the past ten years the University has invested about £110m in its estate with the aim of creating spaces that are innovative, flexible, safe and sustainable.
  • The award-winning £27million new Heart of the Campus building opened in autumn 2014, providing a home for law, psychology sociology and politics students.
  • The £30m new Charles Street development at City Campus will open in 2015 providing a home for the Sheffield Institute of Education.
  • Other recent investments have included £7m on our cutting-edge learning centres; £13m on the Robert Winston Building where healthcare teaching takes place; the Cantor Building, commended for its sustainable technology in the 2010 RIBA Sheffield Design awards; and significant investments in student support services.
  • The university has also been awarded £10m for the development of high quality engineering and science facilities, due for completion in 2017.
  • Sheffield Hallam is one of the best performers in the sector in terms of sustainability.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Careers and Employment Service helps students to find work on and off during term time.
  • As a thriving city there are many opportunities for part-time vacancies across Sheffield.

Notable Alumni

  • Nick Park CBE, BA Fine Art 1980  – animator, creator of Wallace and Gromit.
  • David Strettle, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science 2005 – England rugby international.
  • Leon Taylor, HNC Business and Finance 2008 – Olympic silver medallist diver.
  • Jacqui Oatley, PgD Broadcast Journalism 2003 – British sports broadcaster for BBC Sport.



For further information

  • +44 (0)114 225 5555
  • Sheffield Hallam University
    City Campus
    Howard Street
    S1 1WB
UCAS Code S21

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