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
Total number of students 2018-19 29,666
Number of staff as of July 2018 8,465
Number of academic staff as of July 2018 3,504
Number of teaching staff as of July 2018 651
Number of research staff as of July 2018 1,476
Number of professors as of July 2018 257
Number of professional staff as of July 2018 4,961
Student: staff ratio (HESA 2017/18 data) 15:2
University income 2017-18 £639.1 million

Number of places in university-owned, university-managed or university-endorsed (but privately operated) accommodation for 2019/20

First year full-time students, allocated places in University and partnership accommodation 92%

Research excellence and widening participation

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 full-time first degree entrants from state schools and colleges (2017–18 performance indicators in HE)


Percentage of full-time first degree entrants from low participation neighbourhoods (2017–18 performance indicators in HE)


Percentage of full-time first degree entrants aged 21 or over (2017–18 performance indicators in HE)

Queen's Anniversary Prizes won (which recognise quality and innovation in research by UK universities and colleges, and the impact it has made to the nation's intellectual, economic, cultural and social life) 5 (1998, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2019)
Nobel Prize winners 6


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