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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 (QS World University Rankings).

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Teaching excellence

The quality of teaching in UK universities is rigorously assessed by the British Government's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

The annual National Student Survey gathers undergraduate feedback on their experiences. The 2013 survey ranked Sheffield fourth in the Russell Group for its excellent learning experience with an overall satisfaction score of 90 per cent.

Research excellence

The strength of research activity in UK university departments is assessed in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The latest results were published in December 2014 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. The Research Excellence Framework puts Sheffield in the top 10 per cent of all UK universities. 99% of research at Sheffield was assessed as internationally recognised or better.

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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.

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