About the Information School

The Information School at The University of Sheffield is a thriving community of students, educators and researchers dedicated to the study and advancement of the information field and its professions.

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Our field is characterised by its distinctive, interdisciplinary focus on the interactions between people, information and digital technologies. It has the ultimate goal of enhancing information access, and the management, sharing and use of information, to benefit society.

Good information empowers people and enriches their lives. Expertise to use, design and manage information products, services and systems effectively has never been more important than today, in our increasingly fast-moving and complex world.


World-leading research

The School has been at the forefront of developments in the information field for more than fifty years.

We are recognised as the leading school of our kind in the UK, with an international reputation for the quality of our teaching and research, and for the achievements of our graduates.

Our research is world-leading and we achieved the highest possible grade in every one of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) evaluations of research quality in UK universities since these began in 1989.

We achieved top positions in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 for research environment and for the impact of our research, based on the combined 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent) categories.

The results show that 100% of our research environment was judged to be of world-leading quality and 100% of our research impact was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Through our research we seek to make a significant intellectual contribution to advancing knowledge in our field, but also to impact on the practical management and use of information.


Interdisciplinary expertise

Information science is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary subject.

Our staff backgrounds and research reflect influences from computing, health, chemistry and different arts and humanities and social sciences disciplines, as well as experience from professional practice in information roles.

We have particular expertise in information and knowledge management, information systems, libraries and the information society, information retrieval, health informatics, data science and chemoinformatics.

We run a vibrant doctoral programme which attracts students from many different countries to work with us in all of these areas.


Our offering to students

Students who come to study with us at the Information School are an integral part of our research culture. The School is their home and we pride ourselves on the friendliness and helpfulness of staff.

We offer students an outstanding academic education through a wide range of taught postgraduate degrees which embed the principles of research-led teaching.

Students joining any of our degree programmes will develop a critical understanding of current issues in library and information management and will benefit from being taught by staff who are undertaking leading-edge research and who have many links with industry.

As part of our mission to provide world-quality university education in information, we aim to inspire and help our students to pursue their highest ambitions for their academic and professional careers.


Wuhan University Partnership

The Information School has established a collaborative partnership with Wuhan University’s School of Information Management.

Wuhan University is a top 10 University in China and a member of Project 211 and Project 985. The School of Information Management at Wuhan was founded in 1920 and is China’s leading school in the field. Both the Information School and Wuhan’s School of Information Management are members of the prestigious international iSchools movement.


The Information School is delighted to be working with Wuhan University. We look forward to a positive partnership over the years to come, and to welcoming students from Wuhan during the next academic year. As one of China’s top information schools, we are also keen to explore other partnership opportunities with Wuhan beyond our current agreement.

Professor Val Gillet

Head of School


The partnership between the two schools is a collaborative education programme which aims to bring 20 students from Wuhan University’s School of Information Management to study on postgraduate courses in the Information School each year. Students from Wuhan who have completed the third year of the undergraduate degree programme will be able to apply for a place to study on one of four courses taught at the Information School:

On successful completion of their course at the Information School, the students will be awarded both an undergraduate degree from Wuhan University and a postgraduate degree from the University of Sheffield.

The partnership was developed by Dr Miguel Nunes of the Information School, over a period of five years. The relationship started with a visit to Wuhan in 2009, hosted by Professor Chuanfu Chen, then Dean and now University Provost, and was further developed through Information School PhD alumni Dr Lihong Zhou, who was supervised by Dr Nunes, and is now Associate Professor at Wuhan.

The partnership was formally launched in November 2014, during the visit to Wuhan by Head of School Professor Val Gillet, Wuhan Programme Coordinator Dr Miguel Nunes and Information Management Deputy Programme Coordinator Dr Angela Lin. Speaking ahead of the School’s visit to Wuhan, Professor Val Gillet said:

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