Facts and figures summary


Measure Statistic
Date originally founded 1879 (Firth College)
Date of University Charter 1905 (University of Sheffield)
Number of academic departments 54
Number of research centres and institutes 82
Number of services for industry and commerce 11
Number of students 2016–17 27,947
Number of staff as of 31 July 2016 8,261
Number of academic staff (July 2016) 1,406
Number of professors (July 2016) 508
Number of professional staff (July 2016) 4,956
Academic student: staff ratio 14.7 (based on all student levels, and teaching and research + teaching-only staff)
University income 2015–16 £635.7 million
Number of books and periodicals in the University library 1.3 million
Number of study places 2016–17 3,532
Number of computer workstations available for student use 2016–17 2,096
Places in University-owned and partnership residential accommodation 2016–17 6,138
First year full-time students, allocated places in University and partnership accommodation 2016–17 89%

How we compare

Measure Statistic
Percentage of research submitted to the 2014 Excellence Framework rated as internationally recognised, internationally excellent, or world leading 99% (8th among the Russell Group of 24 leading universities)
Percentage of FT first degree entrants from state schools and colleges (2015–16 performance indicators in HE) 86.9%
Percentage of FT first degree entrants from low participation neighbourhoods (2015–16 performance indicators in HE) 8.2%
Percentage of FT first degree entrants over 21 (2015–16 performance indicators in HE) 7%
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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