Welcome

Vice-Chancellor

For over a century, the University of Sheffield has been a centre of discovery and understanding, committed to excellence in teaching and research.

Founded by public subscription and a determination to put the very highest-quality university education ‘within the reach of the child of the working man’, the University has built on a tradition of excellence and innovation, friendliness, independence of thought and a preference for action over rhetoric.

Since it was founded, Sheffield has grown to be a globally-leading University, with five Nobel Prize winners and excellence in all disciplines. It is home to world-leading Research Institutes such as the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience.

We have over 25,000 students from around 130 countries who study in 45 academic departments in five faculties. Our 7,000 staff come from nearly 90 countries, and our annual turnover is approaching £500 million.

From Nobel Prize winners to prestigious partnerships with global companies, from life-changing research to student achievement and charitable volunteering, we continue to make a real impact for the good.

Our aim has long been to improve the world by seeking to understand it better. The University's motto Rerum Cognoscere Causas means 'to know the causes of things'. We remain committed today to our original mission of changing the world for the better through the power of ideas and knowledge.

From Nobel Prize winners to prestigious partnerships with global companies, from life-changing research to student achievement and charitable volunteering, we continue to make a real impact for the good of humanity.

It is a privilege to be part of the University's continuing success, and I look forward to working with our staff, students, graduate and partners in government and industry to use what we learn to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett FRS
President & Vice-Chancellor