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3rd best department in the country; 2nd best for the quality of our outputs

We are delighted to announce that the Sheffield History Department has been ranked third in the country while our books, articles and chapters have been judged even higher, coming 2nd in the country both in terms of their average score (3.30), and in terms of the overall quality (the proportion of 4*s and 3*).

The REF assesses departments on the basis of outputs (books and papers written by members of the department), impact, and research environment. Each element can be awarded 0 to 4*, where 4* research is “world-leading” and 3* is “internationally excellent”.

Sheffield's position:

Top 10 History Departments for overall ranking:

1 Birmingham
2 York
3 Sheffield
3 Southampton
5 Kings College London
5 Hertfordshire
7 Warwick
8 Oxford
9 Exeter
10 Cambridge
10 Manchester

Top 10 History Departments for outputs:

1 Sussex
2 Sheffield
3 Southampton
4 Manchester
5 Birmingham
6 York
7 Exeter
8 Kings College London
9 Warwick
10 Cambridge