About the University

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We're one of the UK's leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence. Official teaching quality assessments rate us very highly, and excellent research assessment results confirm our reputation as a centre for a wide variety of world-class research.

We have over 24,000 students and around 7,000 staff. The University is a popular choice with applicants for university places, and once they arrive our students enjoy the experience so much that many settle in Sheffield after they graduate.

The University, like Sheffield itself, has earned a reputation as an informal, friendly and welcoming place to be, for people from all sorts of backgrounds and walks of life. Our staff and students represent over 125 different countries. We value the diversity of our University community, and aim to work together so we can make the most of our differences.

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Why is the University a remarkable place to work?


An equal and diverse place to work

As an employee of The University of Sheffield, you can expect to be working for an organisation which takes great pride in their dedication to equality and feels confident that all members of staff should be treated with the upmost respect. We believe that the diversity of our employees is something that should be celebrated.

As an organisation who is committed to being an equal opportunities employer, we take great pride in the fact that our dedication to this cause has continued to be recognised over the years, as demonstrated through the various different awards that we have won.

These include a top-100 Stonewall award for workplace equality and Athena Swan awards for good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research.



We do world-class research

Alongside the development of our staff, we're also dedicated to developing ourselves as a research institution and improving the quality of our work. As such, we are renowed for the excellence, impact and distinctiveness of our research-led learning and teaching.

We're delighted that our hard work and efforts have been recognised by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results, which confirmed our place as a world-leading university with an international reputation for research excellence.

Our 2014 REF results

The best facilities

We're also committed to improving our facilities, which will in turn support our research projects and daily learning experiences.

Our Campus Masterplan video demonstrates our commitment to this cause and our plans for the future.

TimesHigherAwardProviding the No. 1 student experience

Our students are at the heart of our University and therefore we are passionate that their University experience is the best that it can be.

We were thrilled to be named number one for student experience in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey in May 2014. In addition to this, our Student's Union was voted the best in the UK for the third year running in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2014.

Number one for student experience

The Sheffield Academic

Academic staff are at the core of any university. But what do academics actually do? We believe this unique role cannot be simply detailed in terms of hours spent on research or with students.

The concept of the Sheffield Academic was developed to lay out the mix of qualities and responsibilities that distinguishes the University of Sheffield Academic.

We hope this will help people understand better both the work of universities in general, and also the particular nature of the University of Sheffield, where world leading research and excellent teaching are inextricably linked.

Mission, Vision and Identity

This University of Sheffield's mission, vision and identity frames our approach to strategic planning.

Although our guiding principles need to be applied to changing situations and conditions, and to chart new ways of working, we see them as enduring over time.

They stand as the touchstone of the kind of university we aspire to be, guiding the choices we all make in our daily work.

The Vice Chancellor and the University Executive Board

Our Vice-Chancellor is Professor Sir Keith Burnett.

The University Executive Board includes five faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellors, three cross-cutting Pro-Vice-Chancellors, University Registrar, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Human Resources.


Facts and Figures

The University grew out of the Sheffield Medical School (founded in 1828), Firth College (1879) and the Sheffield Technical School (1884). These three institutions came together in 1897 to form the University College of Sheffield, which in turn became the University of Sheffield in 1905.

Take a look at further facts and figures to discover more about the University as an institution, faculty information and departmental profiles.

Annual Report

The latest information on our students, our rankings and the University financial statements.