Academic excellence at Sheffield
The University of Sheffield is an international leader in teaching and research. Recent surveys put the University of Sheffield in the top ten of universities in the UK and the top 100 in the world (Shanghai Jiao Tong and QS World University Rankings).
The quality of teaching in UK universities is rigorously assessed by the British Government's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). 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 strength of research activity in UK university departments is assessed in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The latest results were published in December 2008 by panels of independent experts from universities, industry and commerce.
The results confirm the University's position among the top ten in the Russell Group, the association of leading UK research-intensive universities. 93% of the research submitted is classed as internationally recognised and in many cases as world leading.
Nobel Prize winners
The University of Sheffield has five Nobel Prize winners associated with the University. The most recent of these was in 1996 when Sir Harry Kroto won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for discovering a new form of carbon.