About Us

Geography and Planning Building

Rated 'excellent' in the last Teaching Quality Assessment, the Department of Geography has an internationally-recognised record of academic research by staff with wide-ranging interests in both human and physical geography. Geography at Sheffield is ranked within the top 15 UK departments following the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The impact of all our research has been ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent, according to the REF 2014.

We are one of the largest departments in the country in terms of undergraduate numbers, and places on courses are amongst the most-sought-after in the UK.

The Department is housed in an award-winning, purpose-built six-floor building on the edge of Weston Park, lying close to the University Library, the Union of Students and central lecture theatres.

Our Facilities

We have a well equipped computer teaching laboratory, postgraduate and undergraduate physical geography laboratories, and image processing facilities which provide an important component for teaching and research in remote sensing and geographical information systems (GIS).

The Sheffield Luminescence Dating Facility specialises in the measurement of quartz and feldspar-rich sands from sedimentary sequences although other work is undertaken. In recent years samples from all around the world have been dated. For further details click here or contact Mark D. Bateman (m.d.bateman@sheffield.ac.uk).

Our Staff

There are over 30 full-time academic staff in the Department, including 12 professors. Staff numbers are equally divided between human and physical geography and our research and teaching strengths range across the discipline.

Our Aims

The Department has three general aims, consistent with those of the University as a whole:

  • To provide quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, informed and invigorated by the research and scholarship of academic staff.
  • To provide access to the widest possible range of sources of knowledge, and the resources to enable the pursuit of learning and scholarship.
  • To provide an environment in which all members of the Department can enhance their skills and apply them to a wide range of theoretical and practical problems in the service of the wider community.