Satisfied students rank University of Sheffield's Students' Union best in the UK

The University of Sheffield's Students' Union has been voted the best in the UK by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

The award-winning Students' Union

Results published today (Thursday 25 April 2013) rank the University of Sheffield third out of 102 institutions and the first in the Yorkshire and Humber region for the best all-round student experience.

More than 14,000 students from universities across the country took part in the survey, which assesses 21 different attributes of their institutions including teaching, good community atmosphere, good support and extra-curricular activities.

As well as scoring highly for good accommodation, student support and high quality facilities, the University outshone other institutions, including Oxford and Cambridge, with the highest score for social life and the Students' Union.

The University of Sheffield's Students' Union, which offers more than 200 sports clubs and societies, is currently undergoing a major £20 million refurbishment.

Students' Union President Abdi Suleiman, said: "It is genuinely terrific to know how well regarded our Students' Union is. Being ranked first for satisfaction when the Union is currently undergoing a major investment project and some of our facilities are not functioning as normal is phenomenal.

An artist impression in the new £20 million refurbishment project"This just goes to show that once the project is completed we will indisputably have the best Students' Union in the country.

"Students here benefit from the best of many things – Sheffield is the best city to live in, the University has enthusiastic and world-renowed researchers and academics and this satisfaction survey shows we have the best social life and Students' Union as well!"

The University was also ranked joint top in 'universities most students would recommend to a friend' and joint second for the library and other facilities. The survey also ranked the University joint fifth for staff and lecture quality, as well as accommodation. Finally, the University was ranked joint fifth for security on campus, and Sheffield was recently named the safest urban region in England in a separate survey.

Topping the Times Higher Student Experience Survey is the latest in a number of accolades for the Students' Union after coming first in the Student Barometer in March for the second year running and being crowned number one in the UK by the National Student Survey 2012.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: "We are delighted to be ranked so highly for student experience. Choosing to go to a particular university is more than an investment in a future career. It also provides you with a life changing opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop socially and academically. Our excellent student facilities are home to a vibrant community and provide a student experience that is enriching. We believe university life at Sheffield inspires students for the rest of their lives and we are delighted that our students agree."

Additional information

To find out more about the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey visit http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/

The University of Sheffield
With nearly 25,000 of the brightest students from 117 countries coming to learn alongside 1,209 of the world’s best academics, it is clear why the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading universities. Staff and students at Sheffield are committed to helping discover and understand the causes of things - and propose solutions that have the power to transform the world we live in.

A member of the Russell Group, the University of Sheffield 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 2011 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, 2007), recognising the outstanding contribution by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

One of the markers of a leading university is the quality of its alumni and Sheffield boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students. Its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, Siemens, Yorkshire Water 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.

The White Rose University Consortium (White Rose) a strategic partnership between 3 of the UK's leading research universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Since its creation in 1997 White Rose has secured more than £100m into the Universities.

Contact

Amy Pullan
Media Relations Officer
The University of Sheffield
0114 222 9859
a.l.pullan@sheffield.ac.uk