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The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s top universities, with an international reputation for cutting-edge research, teaching excellence, and an outstanding student experience72.

Our founding motto Rerum Cognoscere Causas – “To discover the cause of things” – has been the driving force of our success in world class research and teaching, with outstanding public acknowledgement for our endeavours including several Nobel Prize winners, the award of 4 Queens Anniversary Prizes, and numerous accolades and awards for our organisation and staff. In November 2011 we were even named ‘UK University Of The Year‘ at the Times Higher Education Awards.

With around 6,000 staff across 50 departments in five faculties and 25,000 students, our efforts in discovery benefit from the rich diversity and talent of our university community. Currently we are home to students from 117 different countries.


Our standing as a world-class university has been repeatedly confirmed by our excellent performance in rigorous external assessments. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 93% of our submissions were rated internationally recognised, internationally excellent, or world-leading, placing us in the UK Top 10 for research quality.

The University’s rankings in independent tables are consistently excellent. For 2012/13 the QS World University Rankings rated us 66th in the world – up from 72nd in 2011.The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012/13 put us 14th in the UK, 40th in Europe, and 110th in the world.

In the most recent National Student Survey (2012) we received further national acclaim coming top in the region and fourth in the Russell Group, maintaining an overall satisfaction score of 90 per cent for the second year running. Our Students' Union was rated the best in Britain

Links with Industry

Our research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

We won our fourth Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2007 for our Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, which is a prime example of our strong relationships with global organisations who are attracted by our world-class research and high quality students.

This venture is ever expanding and just last year The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced an award of £37.1 million to the University of Sheffield’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC), who are working in partnership with Rolls-Royce as the lead company for the UK Nuclear supply chain.

A Great City

Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in England with 150 woodlands and 50 public parks within the city. The greenery is throughout the city from the centre, where the Winter Gardens is Europe's largest city centre temperate glasshouse, to the countryside, where the Peak District national park is only ten minutes away from the University.

Government statistics rate Sheffield as one of the safest UK cities and one of the cheapest to live in.

When you're not studying, there is plenty to see, do and explore in Sheffield. From the Students' Union to the city and beyond you will never be bored. The city's cultural amenities include multi-screen cinemas, concert venues, leisure complexes and an arts scene to suit all tastes.

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