The Times Higher Education UK University of the Year 2011

University of the Year 2011

The University of Sheffield was named UK University of the Year in the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards.

Judges said that the University "stood out as a result of a strategy based on its values and rooted in its founding principles" and praised our "determination and grit" in focusing on our local community.

The judges found it to be a quality, research-led university, and a community with values, confidence, flair and its sleeves rolled-up.

These pages tell you more about our global impact, how we are a truly civic university and how our students make a difference.

We were previously named Sunday Times University of the Year and the Sheffield Students' Union was rated the UK's number one in the National Student Survey 2012.

Receiving our THE University of the Year award

Our strengths

Times Higher Education Awards judges highlighted our strengths in the following areas:


Her Majesty The Queen opens SITraN at the University of Sheffield

Our university was founded to make real impact on the city's economy and improve health.

A university with impact

Civic mission

Outreach event in the Sheffield Winter Garden

Our inspiration and connection to the city comes from the penny donations given a century ago by Sheffield factory workers to establish a university.

A civic university

Students who make a difference

Students 250

We're proud that Sheffield students make a difference in the world.

Our inspirational students