We've reaffirmed our position as a world top 100 university

Our University has been named among the top 100 universities in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16, published today (30 September 2015).

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The University has leapt 24 places to be ranked 97th internationally – and up three places to 15th in the UK – in the most comprehensive and respected rankings of higher education institutions across the globe.

The announcement comes weeks after the University was ranked 80th in the world in the QS University World Rankings.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett said: "I am very pleased for the talented and hard-working staff and students of the University of Sheffield that the Times Higher Education World University Rankings acknowledge the reputation of our University as a globally leading university, making a real contribution through excellent teaching and research.

"It is particularly pleasing that, as a genuinely international community, there has been particular focus on our international outlook which is so fundamental to our ethos and the approach of our students and scholars, and which brings such benefits back to our region and to the UK.”

He added: "However, we also note that a University cannot and should not base its strategy on external rankings. At a time of great challenge and opportunity, we are determined to continue to make a difference in the world and to work closely with our city and commercial partners in ways which put education to work for the benefit of all.

“Whether this is through new forms of access and apprentices, a focus on enterprise for students or research which changes lives, we believe this must be the true measure of our success."

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious and widely referenced university rankings.

They are the only global performance tables that judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The methodology uses 13 performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

Phil Baty, Editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, said: “The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, now in their 12th year, apply rigorous standards, using tough global benchmarks across all of a global research university’s key missions — teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

“The results are trusted by students and their families, academics, university leaders and governments. For the University of Sheffield to make 97 in the world is an outstanding achievement to be celebrated.”