How do we compare?

Our National Standing for Biology

In 2008, research in Biology at the University of Sheffield was ranked third in the UK by the Research Assessment Exercise, complementing our 5*A/5*A ranking in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. We rank 5th in UK Biological Sciences in 2010 Times Good University Guide. In 2008, the Times Higher Education Supplement ranked Sheffield seventh in the world for Ecology and Environment.

Our mean rank position in the Times Good University Guides 2003-2010, is third (after Cambridge and Oxford) for organismal biology. This is based on our teaching and research quality, the entry qualifications our students, their degree results and the proportion employed in graduate jobs within 6 months of graduation.

Our students are highly satisfied with the quality of the courses we teach. In the 2009 National Student Survey of UK universities, our Bioscience degrees are ranked fourth overall for teaching in the UK.

The Standing of The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is widely recognized as one of the top UK universities, and well within the top 100 Universities in the World. Sheffield’s quality, breadth and volume of research activity is demonstrated by the fact that research carried out by 93% of the University’s academic staff submitted is internationally recognised and in many cases world-leading. The University is also among one of only ten universities in the country that submitted more than 40 units of assessment, with over 90% of our eligible staff included in the RAE.

The University of Sheffield is among the top ten in the Russell Group, the association of leading UK research-intensive universities. The University is currently rated tenth in the UK and 88th in the world in an annual academic ranking of the top 500 universities worldwide by China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University.