Strategic projects

Universities Minister Jo Johnson and Vice-Chancellor at AMRC

Professor Sir Keith Burnett leads University strategic projects in six key areas. 

He regularly engages with UK leaders and influential policy makers at the highest level.

Driving innovation and growth

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


Energy2050 is one of the UK's largest energy research centres, looking at different ways to make and use energy.

The M1 Manufacturing Innovation District

Sheffield's development as the UK’s first Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, and the role of the University of Sheffield in driving productivity improvements and innovation, is recognised in the publication of three independent reports.

Care 2050

Currently in development, Care 2050 aims to provide a world-leading collaborative innovation environment in which to identify, develop, test, champion and implement the technologies and systems that will deliver game-changing, affordable and sustainable future healthcare.

Vocational education and apprenticeships

Vocational education

Read the national report into the future of advanced vocational education in the UK, co-authored by Sir Keith Burnett.

Technical education

The University of Sheffield is leading a scheme to tackle the black hole in universities' technical expertise.

Apprenticeships and new routes into manufacturing engineering degrees

The University's pioneering degree-level apprenticeships will boost UK productivity by filling vital skills gaps to meet the needs of economy and industry.

Postgraduate education and VC's Fellows

Access to postgraduate education

The University of Sheffield is leading a pioneering project to attract under-represented groups into postgraduate taught study.

Vice-Chancellor's Fellows

Through his Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship scheme Professor Sir Keith Burnett recruits the academic leaders of the future.

Vice-Chancellor's Fellows



The University's collaborative UK-wide project #weareinternational exists to support talented international students as they apply to study in the UK.

Visit the campaign website to see how you can get involved.

Development and alumni relations

University of Sheffield in America

There are around 3,500 Sheffield alumni living in the United States. University of Sheffield in America helps former students in the USA to stay connected.


SITraN is a world-leading centre for research into Motor Neurone Disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.

Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

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

Department of Alumni Relations and Events

Offering a range of benefits exclusively for alumni

International partnerships

Sheffield International

The University thinks big when it comes to teaching, research and partnerships.

Confucius Institute

Professor Sir Keith Burnett is Chair of this model Confucius Institute and senior advisor to China on cultural understanding.