We're a member of the Russell Group of leading UK research universities. Our outstanding performance for excellent teaching and research, as part of a genuinely global community, is consistently confirmed by international independent assessments.

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Times Higher Education World University Rankings

We're 105th in the world and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024.

We're also among the top 50 most international universities in the world, according to data from the 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University is ranked 46th in the world and 15th in the UK.

The data for this table is drawn largely from the 'international outlook' pillar of the THE World University Rankings 2022. This takes into account a university’s proportions of international students, international staff, international reputation and journal publications with at least one international co-author.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide

We're ranked 18th in the UK and 3rd in the north and north east in the 2024 The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

QS Rankings

QS World University Rankings

The University is ranked 105th in the world in the 2025 QS World University Rankings.

QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings: Europe 

The University is ranked 29th in Europe, 19th in Northern Europe and 15th in the UK in in the 2025 QS Europe Rankings.

QS European University Rankings

QS Sustainability Rankings

The University is ranked 24th in the world (out of 1,403 institutions), 12th in Europe (out of 493) and 7th in the UK (out of 93) in the 2024 QS Sustainability Rankings.

The Complete University Guide

We're ranked 18th in the UK in the 2025 Complete University Guide.

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

The 2024 THE Impact Rankings places Sheffield 58th in the world, from over 1,900 institutions, and 15th in the UK for its progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Sheffield has been ranked 5th globally for action on Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG12).

Research Excellence Framework

The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) results in 2021 demonstrate our research and impact excellence across a broad range of disciplines and confirm that our research is having a significant positive impact on lives across the globe.

Research Excellence Framework 2021

A Russell Group university

The University is one of the 24 universities that make up the Russell Group. Members of this group are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 92 per cent of our research and impact was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Russell Group

A top-rated student experience

The 2024 National Student Survey (NSS) placed us number one in the Russell Group, based on aggregate responses.

We were voted University of the Year and best for Student Life in the 2024 Whatuni Student Choice Awards.

Our Students’ Union has been voted the best in the UK seven years running by the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (2024, 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017).

We're the University of the Year for Student Experience according to the Daily Mail University Guide 2024. We're also ranked 11th in the UK.

Study with us - ranking, reputation and history

Centres of excellence

The University's cross-faculty research centres harness our interdisciplinary expertise to solve the world's most pressing challenges.