Photo: Student researchers share ideasOur Department is one of the top Politics departments in the country, and has an exceptional reputation for research.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework the Department came third in the UK. We came joint first in the 2008 Research Assessment Framework.

We are a research-intensive Department, and research lies at the heart of everything we do. The courses and modules we offer to students are closely aligned with staff members’ research expertise, and our academics network extensively with other researchers, forming strong relationships. There is also a very lively culture of 'engaged scholarship' in the sense of creating new ways of engaging with organisations, communities and individuals within and beyond academe. The Crick Centre, for example, has a number of Artistic Residencies (artists, philosophers, lyricists, etc.) to support creative engagement.

We are proud to offer an inclusive research culture, in which everyone is encouraged to work together, hold lively debates and benefit from others’ best practice. Our community of researchers is diverse, with a wide range of methodologies and approaches to study. It includes our academic staff as well as research students. Our undergraduate and MA students also engage in research, typically a dissertation, as part of their education.

Research Centres

The Department has a close association with two research centres at the University of Sheffield:

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The Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics (external link)

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SPERI - The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (external link).