Our University.

Our Future.

Our Plan.

Our Mission
To educate others and ourselves and to learn through doing so, thereby improving the world.

Our Identity
A civic institution proud of its urban character, driving growth and vibrancy for the city, the region, and the globe.

Our Vision
That research, teaching, and learning together create a positive culture of higher education.

Our Guiding Principles
Excellence, ambition, engagement, collegiality, resourcefulness, resilience, agility, diversity.

Our University. Our Future. Our Plan

Strategic Partners

We create and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with partner cities, private and public companies, and universities from around the world.

Key challenges

Making a difference in complex areas of challenge, understanding difficult problems which require an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach and delivering timely and effective solutions in the real world.

Identifying new supporters for research and teaching and new opportunities for students to learn, which benefit scholarship and help partners achieve their aims.

Developing partnerships rooted in understanding need, and responsive to the communities we serve locally, nationally and globally.

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Our values

Collaboration that is key to learning, purposeful in its partnerships, with a global perspective, and with direct input from the beneficiaries of scholarship.

Mutually beneficial relationships that create change we cannot achieve alone.

Quick and effective response to opportunities and partnerships which match our aims and areas of strength.

Support of talented people who seek new ways of developing or applying scholarship in association with relevant partners.

Our strategy

Identify and develop large-scale partnerships with tier-one organisations in line with our strategic priorities and shared values.

Focus on collaboration in areas of strength, promoting teaching and research activities that could not happen otherwise.

Ensure our partnerships have demonstrable and sustainable purpose

Our University. Our Future. Our Plan

Strategic Partners

We will attract strategic partners, public and private, from around the world, who will benefit from the unique capabilities we have to offer – providing a better learning experience for our students and world-class research collaborations which have real impact locally, nationally and internationally.

We will be purposeful in deciding on and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with partner cities, companies and universities. We will contribute to the local economy by enabling our local small and medium-sized enterprises to become part of international supply chains: harnessing global strength to drive the regional economy by attracting multinational companies and partners to our region.

As a partner of choice for major companies and leading institutions, we believe that our partners should remind us of our sense of purpose and keep us focused on the need for our work in the wider world; help us ask better and more challenging questions which we can only answer together; ensure that we are close to the people we exist to serve; create opportunities for our students and academics to engage in more dynamic and relevant scholarship; and make projects possible without depending on decreasing public funding.

Our global purpose requires a partnerships strategy that will sustain a world-class learning and research environment, and so we will carefully and diligently select a few key institutional strategic partners where long term goals and risks are shared.

However, we will also facilitate individual partnerships that bring sustainable intellectual, academic, and developmental rewards. We will seek industrial, research, international and policy partners, recognising that each brings different benefits, and we will critically evaluate all potential partnerships, whether with other universities, non-academic bodies, or private sector providers, to ensure a system of shared values.

The right national and international partnerships will enable us to develop teaching and research activities that could not happen otherwise, and each will extend our global reach and reputation. They will have identifiable benefits, such as advancing leading research, increasing recruitment, diversifying our student body, providing opportunities for student mobility and placements, and improving conditions and standards.

We will work closely with local and regional partners without being in any way parochial, drawing on our international reputation and strengths to be a leading voice in establishing the economic and intellectual importance of the North of England. This will help make real the promise of a rebalanced UK economy that draws on the industrial, human and intellectual possibility of our region.

“Siemens is proud to be working with the University of Sheffield since 2009, leading the field in the development of the next generation of wind turbine direct drive generators at the Siemens-Sheffield Wind Power (S2 WP) Research Centre.
“It is invaluable for Siemens Wind Power to be able to access the University’s world-class expertise and facilities and to sponsor PhD students and research at the University. This has culminated in the creation of the Siemens/RAE Research Chair to which Professor Zhu has been appointed as the academic director of the S2 WP research centre.
With our joint commitment to excellence, it is a partnership that works extremely well.”

Clark MacFarlane
Managing Director, Siemens Wind Power and Renewables UK
Alumnus of the University of Sheffield

“Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in Europe, but our green spaces are not evenly distributed and are particularly scarce in the central area.
With the help of Professors Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough from the School of Landscape and its own award winning landscape team, the city has begun a programme of reclaiming derelict land and redundant road-space to create meadows, rain gardens and pop-up parks in the city centre known as the Grey to Green Project.
This 1.3 km corridor, the largest of its kind in the UK, is helping to attract investment, improve living environments and mitigate flood risk. It marks a new level of collaboration between the University and the Council, combining regeneration and applied research on a significant scale.”

Simon Ogden
Head of City Regeneration, Sheffield City Council

Case Study

Made in Sheffield:
the next generation of McLaren supercars

Our Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) brings the F1 legend to Sheffield for a partnership that will create over 200 jobs.

On Thursday 9 February 2017, one of the world’s most dynamic automotive companies made an announcement that had the whole world talking about Sheffield: McLaren will open a new Composites Technology Centre in the city. Developed by the University in collaboration with Sheffield City Council, it’s a £50m partnership that will boost the region’s economy and change lives.

The centre will develop and make advanced carbon fibre chassis for the next generation of supercars. McLaren Automotive and the University will partner on a two-year programme of R&D, leading to the development of a new production facility to make the chassis from 2020. The AMRC will train McLaren apprentices for work in the new facility.

Our investment in training – in particular our sector-leading higher degree apprenticeships – will help us make the most of the opportunity and bring deep, long-term benefits to the region.

“We evaluated several options to achieve this objective but the opportunity created by the AMRC at the University of Sheffield was compelling. At the AMRC, we will have access to some of the world’s finest composites and materials research capabilities, and I look forward to building a world-class facility and a talented team at the new McLaren Composites Technology Centre.”

Mike Flewitt
CEO McLaren Automotive

Case Study

Boeing Sheffield: a new high

New aerospace facility is a European first and a huge win for our region.

The announcement, in 2017, that Boeing will open its first European facility in Sheffield was a proud moment for our region and for the UK. For our Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), it marked a new high point in their successful 16-year relationship with the aerospace giant.

Boeing Sheffield enables the company to produce high-tech systems and components in-house, enhancing efficiency and reducing costs. Part of their ambitious plans for the facility is a major programme of research and development, drawing on AMRC expertise to develop new manufacturing techniques.

The economic benefits will be felt across the city region. Boeing Sheffield, together with the announcement of a new centre for McLaren, consolidates Sheffield’s position as a global player, at the heart of a new industrial revolution. Boeing is expected to start hiring new employees from the region’s skilled workforce in 2018.

Case Study

Taking wind power
to the next level

We’re working with the biggest names in industry to make the UK a world leader in offshore wind technology.

Researchers from our Faculty of Engineering are leading a £7.6m project to reduce the cost of electricity from offshore wind (OSW). Their findings could provide the basis for a new generation of more advanced wind turbines and strengthen the UK’s reputation as a global leader in the field.

The project sees our experts collaborate with colleagues from the universities of Durham and Hull, alongside industrial partners Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and DONG Energy, the world’s largest developer of OSW. Industry-focused and academically-driven, it’s an exciting mix, one that could deliver highly innovative solutions.

As global demand for OSW technology increases, the UK is well positioned to take the industrial lead. But to achieve that, the problem of cost must be addressed. The two biggest challenges are increasing turbine size and smarter operations and maintenance, both of which align with our strategic research strengths.

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International Partnership

Building bridges with China

The University of Sheffield has a number of growing partnerships with leading Chinese universities in key areas of common interest, such as energy, sustainability and medical collaborations.

The University recently formed a partnership with Nanjing University in China. The Universities’ collaboration includes a state-of-the-art centre established to create a more energy efficient world within the next 50 years and will play an important role in the field of energy-saving lighting.

The partnership represents a coming together of shared values – in particular, our common desire to use education to make a vital difference in our world.

The University of Sheffield also hosts one of only a handful of Model Confucius Institutes globally, focusing on the language and culture of business and manufacturing, energy and health.

Case Study

Care 2050

Leading the patient care revolution.

We are embarking on an extraordinary project that will transform the quality of patient care in the NHS. Care 2050 will bring together medical research from a variety of departments and institutes, linking it directly to applied health care and related social policy.

Led by staff in the School of Health and Related Research, Professor Keith Ridgeway of the AMRC, and Sir Andrew Cash of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Care 2050 is a citywide collaboration. It combines our expertise in health care services and health policy, engineering, computer simulation, diagnostics and advanced manufacturing. The Medical AMRC, INSIGNEO, SITraN and ScHARR will each play a role, alongside private health tech companies from our region.

The project’s unique framework will enable health care policy research to underpin advanced health care technology. Care 2050 will feature a Care Innovation Centre (based at AMRC), the Olympic Legacy-funded Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) at Sheffield Hallam University, and a reconfigurable demonstration hospital where new treatments can be tested.

With this project, the Sheffield way of doing things becomes a model for the future of healthcare in the UK.

Case Study

Medical Humanities Sheffield

Medical Humanities Sheffield has forged a series of collaborations that reflect the need to bring a thoughtful and creative approach to patient care and clinical research: understanding both the body and mindfulness. Projects include working with scientists and engineers to develop computational models and simulations for biomedical purposes with an emphasis on the philosophical, social and cultural aspects of computational medicine.

Case Study


RISE is a major city-wide initiative which strives to increase graduate employment in small and medium sized enterprises. It brings together graduates who want to work hard and do great things, with businesses with energy and vision that are already looking for fresh talent.

RISE is a collaboration between our University, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Hallam University, and the private sector.

“RISE is a brilliant scheme and our experience on both occasions has been second to none.”

Mark Smith
Director of Operations and Strategy,
SAFE@LAST, employer of two RISE graduates

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