Leading research centres



A world-leading centre for research into Motor Neurone Disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

The University of Sheffield's research centres and institutes address global challenges facing society, today and in the future. They are often interdisciplinary, with external collaboration and funding, and have earnt international recognition.

Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Chairs or is a member of the Board on the following leading international research centres and institutes.

Advanced Manufacturing Centre with Boeing (AMRC)

The AMRC is a partnership between industry and academia, which has become a model for research centres worldwide.

Nuclear AMRC

The University's Nuclear AMRC works with companies to improve manufacturing capabilities and performance for civil nuclear and other innovative energy sectors.


At the Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine 139 academics and clinicians collaborate to develop computer simulations of the human body and its disease processes for use in clinical practice to improve diagnosis and treatment.

Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

The University's sustainability research creates knowledge and connects it to policy debates on how to build a fairer world and save natural resources for future generations.


The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute brings together leading international researchers, policy-makers, journalists and opinion formers to develop new ways of thinking about world economic and political challenges.

Model Confucius Institute

Professor Sir Keith Burnett is Chair of the University's model Confucius Institute and senior advisor to China on cultural understanding.

Factory 2050

Factory 2050

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing’s revolutionary £43 million Factory 2050 will make Sheffield the heart of manufacturing in the UK and on the global stage.

When completed it will be one of the most advanced factories in the world and the UK's first fully-reconfigurable digital factory.