Students vote University of Sheffield top of Russell Group and third best university nationally

  • University voted number one among the Russell Group
  • Sheffield ranked third best nationally for offering the best student experience
  • University in joint first place for its library services.
  • University of Sheffield's Students' Union voted top nationally for the ninth consecutive year

The University of Sheffield has been voted number one in the Russell Group and third best university nationally, with its Students' Union voted best in the UK for the ninth year in a row by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017.

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​​Results published today (Thursday 23 March 2017) also placed the University's library services in joint first place ​out of 122 institutions nationally​​ and the University was ranked third for both 'good community atmosphere' and ​​'good social life'.​​

The findings from the annual survey of 15,826 students reaffirm the University of Sheffield as a unique place to study and a global leader in research and teaching, as well as an institution giving students an unrivalled, rich experience in a city unlike any other in the UK.

The University’s Students’ Union, located at the heart of campus, plays a key role in the student experience, offering over 300 student clubs and societies and a place where talented students from across the globe can come together to try new activities, exceed their expectations and make new friends.

Another example of the University’s commitment to​ ​student experience is the global #WeAreInternational campaign, which demonstrates the importance of providing the best support for learners from across the world. The campaign, which is now backed by more than 100 universities, education institutions and international organisations, was jointly founded by the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor and the Students’ Union. Supported by cross-parliamentary MPs, the campaign highlights the crucial value of international students to the UK.

Professor Wyn Morgan, Vice-President for Education at the University of Sheffield, said: "We are delighted to be rated once again so highly for our exceptional student experience.

“We take great pride in offering a student experience that is both enriching and inspiring as we know making the choice as to where to study is about more than simply an investment in your career.

“University is a life changing opportunity to broaden students’ horizons, help them develop socially and academically​,​ and transform their future.”

He added: “Results from this vital student survey vary annually but we’re proud that Sheffield is unique in having consistently been in the top three universities. Combined with the Student Union’s ninth consecutive top place ranking, it is clear the University of Sheffield continues to offer the best student experience in the country.”

The results are part of a run of success for the University’s Students’ Union, which last week topped the Student Barometer survey, taking the number one spot with 98 per cent satisfaction.

Dominic Trendall, President of the University of Sheffield Students’ Union, said: “We're thrilled that students have rated Sheffield Students' Union the best in the UK and the University in the top three of UK universities.

“This is a testament to our brilliant services and facilities available to students and all the dedicated staff, students and volunteers who work incredibly hard to create a truly inclusive community that Sheffield students love to be a part of. I’m proud to think that we offer one of the best university experiences that students will cherish for the rest of their lives.”

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The University of Sheffield

With almost 27,000 of the brightest students from over 140 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.
Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

Sheffield is the only university to feature in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2017 and was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education in 2014. In the last decade it has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

Sheffield has six Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.
Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.


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