Research excellence at Sheffield

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 results confirm our research is changing lives and shaping the world we live in.

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We are proud that 91 per cent of our research is rated in the highest two categories in the REF 2021, meaning it is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent. The Department of Journalism Studies formed a submission to the REF with colleagues in the Information School.

Our impact submission is rated 7th nationally, showing our research is instrumental in tackling the greatest challenges of our time and making a real-world difference to people’s lives around the world. Find out about how our research is working to keep journalists safe by reading this research feature.   

We are rated as 10th nationally for the quality of our research environment, demonstrating that the Department of Journalism Studies is a vibrant, progressive and supportive place to undertake research. 

We are extremely proud of this excellent result and of all of the hard work and the commitment of our staff to rigorous, original and innovative research that has led to our success in REF2021. Our world leading and internationally excellent research, in partnership with a range of NGOs, civil society organisations and policymakers, has been recognised as making a significant difference worldwide”

Professor Jackie Harrison

Head of Department

Discover the research done across the University of Sheffield by clicking here.  You can read the full REF results by following this link.

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Our outstanding reputation for journalism

We're ranked as one of the top 5 universities to study journalism in the Guardian and the Complete University Guide - we're also 1st in the Russell Group for learning resources, student voice and learning opportunities according to the National Student Survey. 

Centres of excellence

The University's cross-faculty research centres harness our interdisciplinary expertise to solve the world's most pressing challenges.