About us

The Department

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The Department of History's outstanding reputation is built upon a rich tradition. Since its foundation in 1896, many celebrated historians have taught and researched here, in fields of study which remain at the heart of the Department's research and teaching today. For a sample of some of the famous books that have been written here, see our Made in Sheffield page.

The Department is based in the award-winning Jessop West building. We are at the heart of the central University campus, directly opposite the Information Commons and close to University Halls of Residence, lecture halls, libraries and local amenities. University Campus Map

High-quality teaching at a leading research university

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The Department of History is one of the largest, most active and successful centres for teaching and historical research in the UK. Our historians are engaged in cutting-edge research in a huge variety of fields which range from the first century right up to the twenty first, and with particular strengths in British, European, African and American history.

The diversity of our research feeds into a vibrant and varied curriculum which allows students to pursue their interests across both space and time, from ancient Rome to the modern Middle East, and from fifteenth-century human sacrifice to twentieth-century genocide. Our teaching is consistently rated as excellent, and our modules develop students into well-rounded and flexible historians, and capable, confident graduates.

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Wide-ranging academic excellence

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Our historians are international leaders in their fields who contribute to public as well as academic debates, regularly appearing on and providing advice to radio and television. As well the writers of award-winning books, the Department’s staff includes prominent members of professional bodies, funding agencies and leading journals.

Our outstanding record of research has been consistently recognised by external bodies. We're ranked among the UK's top three History departments for the impact and quality of our research in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Previously in the 1996 and 2001 national Research Assessment Exercises awarded us a prestigious grade 5.

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News and events

There is always something happening in the Department. For up-to-date information, see our seminar programme, visit our Facebook site, or read our latest blog post.