Sheffield places highly in top university rankings

Since the start of 2016 several important university rankings have been released, and Sheffield has been placed highly in no less than four major rankings, being named one of the best for student experience, one of the most international, and placing highly for our research and teaching.

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Continuing an amazing eight year run our Students’ Union has been voted the best in the country by students as part of the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey, which also placed the University as a whole 3rd best in the country for overall student experience.

The annual survey of 15,000 students placed the University joint top for social life, having a good community atmosphere and for the number of students who would recommend the University to a friend. Sheffield is alone in having consistently been in the top three universities for the past three years. Combined with the Student Union’s top place ranking, it is clear the University of Sheffield consistently offers the very best student experience in the country.

Professor Wyn Morgan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching at the University of Sheffield, said:

“We are delighted to be ranked so highly for our exceptional student experience once again.

“Choosing to go to a particular university is more than an investment in your career. It also provides you with a life changing opportunity to broaden your horizons, develop socially and academically and transform your future.”

He added: “Our world-class facilities are home to a vibrant community and provide a student experience that is truly enriching. We believe university life at Sheffield inspires students for the rest of their lives and we are delighted that our students agree.”

Also recently were the Times Higher Education World University rankings for 2015-16 in which Sheffield was ranked 15th in the UK, and number 40 for Europe. This follows Sheffield’s climb to 97 in the world last September. These rankings are the only global performance tables that judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Professor Morgan went on to say:

“It is great to be acknowledged by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings as one of the best universities in Europe. Our position in Europe is important to us and we believe we make a real contribution through our excellence in teaching and research.”

Continuing the international theme Sheffield was also ranked as one of the 100 ‘most international’ universities by THE. The University placed 99th out of 800 in the list, which celebrates institutions that have demonstrated an international outlook, in turn helping to attract the very highest calibre of staff and students. Both the diversity of a university’s student and staff body and the extent to which its academics collaborate with international colleagues are signs of how global an institution is, and these factors are among the 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that allow Times Higher Education to produce the most comprehensive global university rankings in the world.

The University of Sheffield has already received significant recognition for its award-winning We Are International campaign, designed to show the value of international students across the UK, both from an economic, cultural and skills perspective.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield, said:

“I am delighted that the University of Sheffield has been named one of the top 100 international universities in the world. Our University takes great pride and strength from being a global community of scholarship in which staff and students from over 100 countries come together to discover and understand, addressing challenges which are beyond borders.

“In a world struggling with division, we also provide a precious environment in which we learn from one another and build deep bonds of friendship and respect. We are committed to preserving and enhancing this wonderful asset which brings so many benefits to our region, to the United Kingdom and the wider world.”

Finally, Sheffield was also the only university to be placed in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2016, placing at number 32, as well as being honoured with the Wellbeing Special Award, in recognition of its creative approach to positively improving all aspects of employees’ health.

The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies is an annual ranking of Britain’s happiest and most motivated workforces. Its publication each year is now a highly anticipated event in the UK’s business calendar.

Sir Keith welcomed the award saying:

“It is our dedicated and talented staff from around the world who make this institution a place of high educational standards and an excellent place to work, and for that I am very grateful to them all.”

Top Students' Union eight years running

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