Fast facts

Date originally founded 1879 (Firth College)
Date of University Charter 1905 (University of Sheffield)
Number of academic departments 50
Number of research centres and institutes 82
Number of services for industry and commerce 11
Number of students (2014-15) 26,309
Number of staff (July 2014) 7,243
Number of academic staff (July 2014) 1,349
Number of research staff (July 2014) 1, 270
Number of professional staff (July 2014) 3,684
University income for financial year 2013-14 £517.9 million
Percentage of research submitted to the 2014 Excellence Framework rated as 3* (internationally excellent) or 4* (world leading) 86
Popularity by number of applications to degree courses 2013-14 14th (11th among the Russell Group)
Percentage of full-time first degree students from state schools or colleges (2013-14 PIs in HE) 85.8%
Percentage of full-time first degree students from low-participation neighbourhoods (2013-14 PIs in HE) 8.2
Percentage of full-time first degree students over 21 (2013-14 PIs in HE) 6.2
Number of books and periodicals in the University library 1.3 million
Number of study places 2,689
Number of Nobel Prize Winners 5
Queen's Anniversary Prizes (recognising outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the nation's intellectual, economic, cultural and social life) 4

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