About the University
We're one of the UK's leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence. Official teaching quality assessments rate us very highly, and excellent research assessment results confirm our reputation as a centre for a wide variety of world-class research.
We have nearly 28,000 students and around 8,200 staff. The University is a popular choice with applicants for university places, and once they arrive our students enjoy the experience so much that many settle in Sheffield after they graduate.
The University, like Sheffield itself, has earned a reputation as an informal, friendly and welcoming place to be, for people from all sorts of backgrounds and walks of life. Our staff and students represent over 130 different countries. We value the diversity of our University community, and aim to work together so we can make the most of our differences.
We do world-class research
Alongside the development of our staff, we're also dedicated to developing ourselves as a research institution and improving the quality of our work. As such, we are renowned for the excellence, impact and distinctiveness of our research-led learning and teaching.
We're delighted that our hard work and efforts were recognised by the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) results in 2014, which confirmed our place as a world-leading university with an international reputation for research excellence.
The best facilities
We're also committed to improving our facilities, which will in turn support our research projects and daily learning experiences.
Our Campus Masterplan video demonstrates our commitment to this cause and our plans for the future.
Providing the No. 1 student experience
Our students are at the heart of our University and therefore we are passionate that their University experience is the best that it can be.
We have been ranked in the top five universities in the UK for best overall student experience for the eighth year in a row and our Students' Union has been voted top nationally for the tenth consecutive year, by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018.
The Sheffield Academic
Academic staff are at the core of any university. But what do academics actually do? We believe this unique role cannot be simply detailed in terms of hours spent on research or with students.
The concept of the Sheffield Academic was developed to lay out the mix of qualities and responsibilities that distinguishes the University of Sheffield Academic.
We hope this will help people understand better both the work of universities in general, and also the particular nature of the University of Sheffield, where world leading research and excellent teaching are inextricably linked.
We are determined that professional staff at Sheffield play a key role in developing our ambitions and making them happen.
A key aim of The Sheffield Professional initiative is to improve links between different departments and encourage our professional staff to work across boundaries.
The President and Vice Chancellor, and the University Executive Board
Our President and Vice-Chancellor is Professor Sir Keith Burnett.
The University Executive Board includes the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, five Vice-Presidents and Heads of Faculty, Vice-President (Learning & Teaching), Vice-President (Research & Innovation), Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
Mission, Vision and Identity
This University of Sheffield's mission, vision and identity frames our approach to strategic planning.
Although our guiding principles need to be applied to changing situations and conditions, and to chart new ways of working, we see them as enduring over time.
They stand as the touchstone of the kind of university we aspire to be, guiding the choices we all make in our daily work.
Facts and Figures
The University grew out of the Sheffield Medical School (founded in 1828), Firth College (1879) and the Sheffield Technical School (1884). These three institutions came together in 1897 to form the University College of Sheffield, which in turn became the University of Sheffield in 1905.