Our research influences policy, changes lives and helps us to understand the world so that we can make it better. We're proud of our staff and how their work makes a difference.
Vice-President for Research
Professor Sue Hartley
Sue leads on the University’s research activity, including research excellence, the flagship institutes, Research Excellence Framework (REF) preparations, grant activity and impact. She works closely with Professor Dave Petley, Vice-President for Innovation.
Faculty Directors of Research & Innovation
Our five Faculty Directors of Research & Innovation (FDRIs) are responsible for developing and leading research, innovation and knowledge exchange strategies for their respective research areas.
Medicine, Dentistry and Health: Professor Paul Hatton
Professor Hatton is one of Europe’s leading bioengineers with an interdisciplinary research group working on innovative and emerging healthcare and manufacturing technologies to improve the repair and regeneration of human musculoskeletal and dental tissues.
Social Sciences: Professor Ruth Blakeley
Ruth Blakeley is Faculty Director of Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Social Sciences. She joined the University of Sheffield in 2017 as Professor of Politics and International Relations. Professor Blakeley’s research and teaching focus on international security, terrorism and political violence, and human rights.
The University’s four flagship institutes bring together our key strengths to tackle global issues, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions.