Highlights of the year
2021 has been a year of great change and outstanding achievements, as we make ambitious plans for the future. This year we continued to respond to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and we reaffirmed our position as one of the world’s leading universities for teaching and research.
Working towards the safe disposal of nuclear waste
A £2.5 million Radioactive Waste Management Research Support Office (RWM RSO) launched in partnership with the University of Manchester to support research into safe geological disposal of nuclear waste.
Our collaborative festival showcasing local creative talent and world-class academic research
Festival of the Mind, our unique collaborative festival showcasing local creative talent and world-class academic research, took place for the fifth time but for the first time online. Off the Shelf, the 29th annual festival of words, followed, opening with Sheffield alumni Lee Child, author of the international bestselling Jack Reacher books.
Ten years of impact with SITraN
Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) celebrated its 10th anniversary.
The University pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions on campus by 2030 and across all activities by 2038 as part of our five-year sustainability strategy.
We were recognised as a UK Business Hero
The University was recognised as a UK Business Hero by the British Chambers of Commerce for the positive contributions made by our staff and students in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
AMRC renewed their partnership with Boeing for five more years
Our Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) renewed its partnership with Boeing to continue two decades of innovation and collaboration for five more years.
We were recognised for our impact on society and the economy
The University was recognised for its impact on society and the economy in the first ever Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF), placed in the top 10 per cent of universities in England for working with businesses to find solutions to problems in industry and society.
Professor James Catto was awarded £2.9 million in funding for two major clinical trials
The University’s Cancer Research Strategy was launched, led by Professor Jim Catto following his award of £2.9 million in funding by Yorkshire Cancer Research for two major clinical trials earlier in the year.
Alongside the Universities of Leeds and Manchester, we announced the launch of Northern Gritstone – a new investment company to help boost the commercialisation of university spinouts and start-ups in the North of England.
Working towards the Green Industrial Revolution
The University joined the new £20 million UKRI-funded Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) to support the government’s plans for a Green Industrial Revolution, with researchers from our Energy Institute set to work with the Drax power station to generate hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuels from biomass gasification and carbon capture.
We launched our PET-MRI facility
The first patient images were taken at the Sheffield PET-MRI facility, the UK’s 8th and Yorkshire’s only PET-MRI facility, in the University’s MRI unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
We secured a major investment in a medical research training programme
The University was awarded a share of £79 million investment from the Medical Research Council to train the next generation of researchers. This will enable the recruitment of 120 PhD students over the next three years (across the Discovery Medicine North (DiMeN) partnership alongside the Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and York) to tackle major health problems facing people in the North of England and around the world.
The University signs up to the University Mental Health Charter, a quality assurance programme created by Student Minds which aims to give universities the tools needed to improve staff and student mental health.