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University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield



The University of Sheffield is one of the UK´s leading universities, with over 27,000 of the brightest students from 143 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe.
A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, we have a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence. You can study a wide range of subjects, including business, management, politics, law, architecture, engineering, science, medicine and dentistry. Our International College offers high-quality foundation and pre-masters programmes with guaranteed progression.
We are in the world's top 100 universities. We are ranked 80th in global rankings and 15th in the UK. We have five Nobel Prize-winners in Medicine and Chemistry. Many of our alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world.
The University of Sheffield is at the forefront of world-leading research. We are in the top 10 per cent of all UK universities, according to the most recent national research assessment. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework demonstrated our research excellence across a range of disciplines. As a result, the latest developments in each discipline inform our teaching. Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students are committed to finding new ways to transform our world.
We are the leading UK university for student experience, having been voted number one university in 2014 and in the top three for the past six years. Our Students’ Union has been voted number one in the UK. Our University accommodation has been voted the best in the UK in the Times Higher Education. 85% of our student accommodation is in the city’s most sought-after district.
The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad. Our global research partners include Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens, and Airbus, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.
Our University campus is a mixture of the traditional and modern. It stretches from the city centre towards Sheffield's green suburbs. We have invested £250 million in our buildings and facilities - including £81 million in our multidisciplinary teaching facility, the Diamond, our £23 million learning resource centre, Information Commons, the £21 million Engineering Graduate School, £11.5 million in a world class Management School building, and £20 million in our student services building.
With over 50,000 students, Sheffield is one of the UK’s most popular places for students to go to university. Sheffield is England's fourth largest city. It is a friendly, safe and affordable place to live. Living costs in Sheffield are 90% of the UK national average. It's a diverse multicultural city with a cosmopolitan buzz. Whatever your interests, Sheffield offers something for everyone – from sport, culture and entertainment, to shopping, nightlife and, a warm welcome!

Areas of Expertise

-Engineering - 7 engineering departments covering 9 disciplines – many top 10 in the UK
-Architecture – 4th in the UK(Times Good University Guide 2016)
-Journalism – 1st in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2016)
-Politics – 4th in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2016)
-Management School – UK Top 20 and Triple Crown Accredited (top 1% of business schools globally).
-Biological Sciences – Joint 4th in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2016)
-Landscape/Town and Regional Planning – 4th in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2016)
-History – Joint 9th in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2016)
-Music – 8th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2016)
-Medicine – Joint 15th in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2016)


Sport Sheffield is the University department that manages all aspects of sport, health and fitness at the University of Sheffield. Goodwin Sports Centre is our flagship facility incorporating three full size floodlit synthetic turf pitches, three small sided floodlit synthetic turf pitches, a multi-purpose sports hall, swimming pool, bouldering wall, four squash courts, a floodlit tennis court, cricket nets and a large state of the art fitness centre, S10health.


With 47 sports clubs and 280+ societies and working committees, the Union of Students offers a wealth of opportunities for you to take advantage of outside your academic studies. All the clubs, societies and working committees are run by students for students. Sports add the extra dimension to a healthy lifestyle, so whether it is the competitive action of a club sport from American Football to Netball or Athletics to Ultimate Frisbee, there will be a great range of sports to choose from. Or if you would like to be less committed, you could try the new gym (S10 Health) in the £6 million redeveloped Goodwin sports complex (further information available from and


All students are also welcome at every society and working committee event, which range from circus skills to poetry, film making to orchestras and many religious, departmental and national societies. (For details, e-mail If you don´t want to commit to anything, or fancy a change of scene, then Give-it-a-Go could be the answer. It´s a programme of one-off sports, activities, trips, skills and volunteering opportunities that you can dip in and out of as you want. Full details are available here The Activities and Sports Zone (Union, Level 3) is an area solely dedicated to providing information and inspiration for your free time including: * how to get involved with clubs and societies * information on local Sheffield and Peak District activities * Give-it-a-Go programmes * Sheffield Volunteering * Computer multi-media centre * Equipment hire (digital camera, camcorder, maps etc) and a team of support staff available 10.00am to 6.00pm, weekdays. Information about all activities and sports on offer at the Students' Union can be found by calling into the Activities and Sports Zone or checking out the webpages Activities and Sports Fairs are held every year in Intro Week and once again at the start of the second semester. Don't worry if you can't make these events though, you can join a club or society at any time during your studies!

Information Technology

Corporate Information and Computing Services We are an innovative and influential department pursuing excellence in a diverse range of IT and business services designed to support learning, teaching and research at the University of Sheffield. We are committed to developing new services built on cutting edge technologies, whilst simultaneously ensuring staff and students have consistent, dependable services they can rely on. Number of books and periodicals in the University Library 1.3 million Number of study places 3658


It can be a challenge to find your way in a different culture - or even your own! Culture Compass is the place to come to talk about culture whether you're from Birmingham or Bangalore, Nottingham or Nanjing - or anywhere in between! For international students it's a chance to make the transition to life in Sheffield and the UK a smoother one. For UK students it's an exciting opportunity to explore some of the hidden rules of your own culture and possibly prepare for future travels - and to help some new arrivals along the way. Each session will focus on particular topics for group discussion and will include a help sheet with practical tips to take away with you. For undergraduate students, participation in Culture Compass can count towards your HEAR. Postgraduate students who attend at least ten sessions over the course of the academic year qualify for a Global Campus certificate.

Special Services

Sheffield Student Information Desk provides all the support students may require: including Disability and Dyslexia Support Service:

International Involvement

We have a thriving community of over 7000 international students from 143 countries - over 25% of our total student population. We value international students and are passionate about making sure their contribution to our economy and culture is recognised. That's why the University and Students' Union, led by our Vice-Chancellor and the Students' Union President, launched our #weareinternational campaign in 2013. So far, over 100 universities, education institutions and international organisations have backed it.

Campus Tour

Open Days and Campus Tours or contact Jane Ashcroft -

Modified on May 14, 2018