World’s largest ranking names University in top 100

The University of Sheffield has been named the best institution in Yorkshire and the Humber and has risen six places in the world’s largest and most extensive university ranking this year.


Placed 66th out of more than 2,500 institutions across the world, the University of Sheffield is also one of just 18 in the UK to be named in the annual QS World University Rankings prestigious top 100.

The rankings are created using a combination of reputational surveys, staff: student ratios, the proportion of international staff and students and research citations. This year rankings were compiled following surveys of more than 46,000 academics and 28,000 employers.

Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: "Being named top in the region by the QS World University Rankings is a fantastic accolade for the University, and one that is very well deserved.

“Not only has the University been named top in Yorkshire but we have also seen a rise in our world ranking out of more than 2,500 institutions, highlighting our exceptional reputation both at home and overseas.

"It follows a year of significant achievement across the board for both staff and students in which the University was named times higher education university of the year, top of the Russell group and top of the Yorkshire and the Humber region by the Times Higher Education student survey and the University's it services being rated the best in the country by an independent students' satisfaction survey. All these accolades respect hard work and talent by all concerned and demonstrate our commitment to constantly strive towards excellence in everything that we do."

The top 100 universities averaged nearly 10 per cent more international students than in 2011, the biggest single-year increase in the rankings’ nine-year history. The 49 UK universities in the top 500 posted an average annual increase of 11.7 per cent, with only six institutions reporting fewer than in 2011.

This year has seen over 2,500 universities considered, more than 700 evaluated, as well as record response levels to academic and employer surveys, making the QS World University Rankings the largest and most extensive exercise of its kind.

Full methodology and results are available on alongside comparative tuition fees data for institutions from around the world.

Additional information

The University of Sheffield

With nearly 25,000 students from 125 countries, the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading and largest universities. A member of the Russell Group, it has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University of Sheffield has been named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, and 2007).

These prestigious awards recognise outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield also boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world. The University’s research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad. Its partnership with Leeds and York Universities in the White Rose Consortium has a combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.


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Paul Mannion
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The University of Sheffield
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