Fast facts

Date originally founded 1879 (Firth College)
Date of University Charter 1905 (University of Sheffield)
Number of academic departments 56
Number of research centres and institutes 82
Number of students (2015-16) 27,230
Number of staff (July 2015) 7,820
Number of academic staff (July 2015) 1,366
Number of professors (July 2015) 481
Number of professional staff (July 2015) 3,735
University income for financial year 2014-15 £574.9 million
Percentage of research submitted to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated as internationally recognised or better 99%
Popularity by number of applications to degree courses 2013-14 14th (11th among Russell group)
Percentage of FT first degree students from state schools or colleges (2014-15 PIs in HE) 86.5
Percentage of FT first degree students from low-participation neighbourhoods (2014-15 PIs in HE) 8.7
Percentage of FT first degree students over 21 (2014-15 PIs in HE) 7
Number of books and periodicals in the University library 1.3 million
Number of study places 3,658
Number of Nobel Prize Winners 6
Queen's Anniversary Prizes (recognising outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the nation's intellectual, economic, cultural and social life) 4

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Research Excellence Framework

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Senior figures at the University - University Executive Board

Nobel Prize winners