Our teaching staff

A statement about those who teach at the University of Sheffield

As a research-led institution we are well placed to deliver an excellent student experience. Programmes and modules of study are delivered by academic staff who both teach and undertake world-leading research and/or scholarship in their disciplines, supporting our students on their journey to discover and understand. Almost all of our staff hold a doctorate degree.

During your course you can expect a range of different staff to deliver teaching in a variety of different ways, and these staff may include Professors, Readers, Senior University Teachers, Senior Lecturers, University Teachers, Lecturers, Teaching Associates, and Tutors/ Graduate Teaching Assistants (sometimes called demonstrators).

The Sheffield Academic statement describes the qualities that distinguish a Sheffield Academic, recognising the collective responsibility of teaching staff, for ensuring that our culture fosters the distinctive development of the Sheffield Graduate.

The pursuit of teaching excellence in relation to a broad field of study, supporting students to engage as partners with the University and seeking to develop their knowledge, attributes and skills at all stages of their development in ways that are consistently effective and inspiring.

Sheffield Academic statement

Over a third of our staff hold professional qualifications in teaching and/ or have professional recognition from the Higher Education Academy. We also have a high number of staff who hold professional qualifications such as doctors, dentists, engineers, architects, nurses, etc. This is essential for our programmes of study to gain professional body accreditation and also equips our staff to be excellent teachers in their discipline.

The University employs Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) who deliver predetermined activities to support teaching staff by undertaking the lab supervisions, delivery of seminars, tutorials and other small group work, under the supervision and in liaison with senior colleagues. A comprehensive training programme is provided for all GTAs.

We pride ourselves in providing a high quality learning experience for all of our students. To ensure our approaches to teaching stay up-to-date our staff regularly participate in Continuing Professional Development, and we recognise particularly innovative approaches through our Senate Awards Scheme for teaching excellence, supporting winners to share their good practice throughout the University. Further details of staff who teach are included on department websites.