Highlights of the year

Our outstanding achievements over the past year.

August 2022

KPI Rector M.Zgurovsky and students defending dormitories
KPI Rector M.Zgurovsky (second to the left) and students defending dormitories

We twinned with Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (KPI), one of Ukraine’s largest and oldest universities, to provide resources and support for staff and students affected by the war.

Our Human Communication Sciences research team were recognised with a prestigious national award for revolutionising teaching for the next generation of speech language therapists during the pandemic.

September 2022

Two people enjoying a VR experience at a previous Festival of the Mind event

We celebrated 10 years of Festival of the Mind, an 11-day programme of events in which Sheffield’s creative industries bring our research to life.

We were ranked within the top 20 best universities in the UK, and 2nd in ‘The North’ in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.

October 2022

Students reading

The Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) recognised us as one of the best universities in the country for working with businesses, developing IP, commercialising research and public and community engagement.

Our students dedicated more than 30,000 hours to support charities, schools and businesses across our region over the last academic year.

As part of our commitment to support those seeking sanctuary, we launched the Sanctuary International Visitors Support Scheme, allowing academics to continue their research in Sheffield if they have been displaced or affected by conflict or persecution in their home country.

November 2022

Students walking on the University's campus with trees lining one side and a university building on the other

We launched a cost of living hub to highlight the range of support available to our community. As part of this package, we added extra funds to our Financial Support Fund for students facing financial hardship, and an additional payment of £1,000 to all employees.

We announced that the University is hosting the ESRC Digital Good Network (DGN), a research network that aims to ensure that digital tech is good for society and the economy.

December 2022

a large white jet plane, with the engine in the foreground. The engine has the world '100% SAF powering sustainable flight' written on it

We announced that we were part of a pioneering research project to deliver the world’s first net zero transatlantic flight.

We launched a new partnership with Sheffield Hallam University that will support the expansion of Children’s University in South Yorkshire, so that every child and young person in the region can be encouraged and rewarded for taking part in extra-curricular activities.

January 2023

sheffield player
Sheffield Player

We launched the University of Sheffield Player, the UK’s biggest research streaming platform, bringing together videos, podcasts and digital exhibitions showcasing our pioneering research, in one place for anyone, anywhere to explore.

We were named one of the top 50 most international universities in the world by Times Higher Education.

We affirmed our commitment to an open research and scholarship culture, by approving new policies that will ensure our research is accessible to as many people as possible, and encouraging the use and creation of open educational resources throughout our teaching programmes.

February 2023

A photograph of the LGBT+ flag flying outside Firth Court
The LGBT+ flag flying outside Firth Court at the University of Sheffield

We launched two new Ukrainian language courses, one of which was a first in the UK.

We refreshed our LGBT+ strategy, helping to create an inclusive university for our LGBT+ community

March 2023

Speakers presenting the launch of the Innovation Network

With Sheffield Hallam University, we launched the Innovation Network to boost growth and innovation throughout South Yorkshire.

We introduced our Religion, Belief and No-Belief Strategy and Action Plan, outlining our commitment to ensuring that all staff and students, for whom religion, belief and no-belief forms an important part of their identity, feel a sense of belonging.

April 2023

Students' Union concourse

Our Students’ Union was voted best in the UK for the sixth year running.

We became a member of the Turing University Network, a partnership which will allow us to grow our research community and collaborations with The Alan Turing Institute and its broader networks, while building on our expertise in applying data science and AI to real-world challenges.

May 2023

International Student Support Statement Signing in the Winter Gardens

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA), relaunched #WeAreInternational, a campaign we’re proud to have founded jointly with our Students’ Union, to celebrate the contributions international students make to the UK.

A new report revealed Sheffield as one of the UK cities that benefits the most from international students.

June 2023

a man in a hi-vis vest looks over the shoulder of a woman, a researcher, who is holding a laptop. In the background is an electric van.

The same month we were ranked as one of the top 50 in the world and top 10 in the UK for our work on sustainable development, the South Yorkshire Sustainability Centre was launched. It is the first centre of its kind in the UK, connecting world-leading academic research with local businesses, public sector organisations and charities, to overcome challenges like decarbonisation and helping the region meet its net-zero targets.

We announced that we’re leading the South Yorkshire Digital Health Hub, which will bring together partners from across the region and drive the development of innovative digital technologies to improve the way diseases are treated and diagnosed.

July 2023

An aerial view of the University of Sheffield Innovation District featuring the Factory 2050 building.
The University of Sheffield Innovation District - home to world leading R&D facilities and part of the new South Yorkshire Investment Zone

We announced a groundbreaking new research and development facility at our Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre as part of the new South Yorkshire Investment Zone, that will drive new investment into the UK’s aerospace sector.

We were awarded the University Mental Health Charter Award by Student Minds, demonstrating our commitment to and investment in high-quality mental health support for both students and staff.