Facts and figures summary


Measure Statistic
Date originally founded 1879 (Firth College)
Date of University Charter 1905 (University of Sheffield)
Number of academic departments 55
Number of research centres, institutes and networks 207
Total number of students 2017-18 28,849
Number of staff as of 31 July 2017 8,306
Number of academic staff (July 2017) 3,374
Number of professors (July 2017) 475
Number of professional staff (July 2017) 4,932
Student: staff ratio (HESA 2015/16 data) 14.3
University income 2016-17 £623.6 million
Number of books and periodicals in the University library 1,107,631
Number of study places 3,532
Number of computer workstations for student use in the University library 1,061
Places in University-owned and partnership residential accommodation 5,748
First year full-time students, allocated places in University and partnership accommodation 93%

How we compare

Measure Statistic

Percentage of research submitted to the 2014 Excellence Framework assessed as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised

99% (and top 10 in the Russell Group for research outputs)

Percentage of FT first degree entrants from state schools and colleges (2016–17 performance indicators in HE)


Percentage of FT first degree entrants from low participation neighbourhoods (2016–17 performance indicators in HE)

Percentage of FT first degree entrants over 21 (2016–17 performance indicators in HE) 11.4%
Queen's Anniversary Prizes won (recognising outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the nation's intellectual, economic, cultural and social life) 4 (1998, 2000, 2002, 2007)


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