The University of Sheffield is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, and has established itself as one of the largest and best-regarded research universities in the UK. The University ranks among the UK's best for student experience, and outside of study, those who choose to go to Sheffield can enjoy a thriving, cultural city that is also one of the most affordable.

Key Facts


  • #26 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • #33 in the Complete University Guide 2020
  • #45 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2020

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 20,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 8,500

Year founded

  • 1897

  • Sheffield counts five Nobel Prize winners among its alumni and faculty.
  • Among its alumni are the authors Hilary Mantel and Lee Child, the 2012 Olympic gold-winner Jessica Ennis-Hill, chemist and first Briton in space Helen Sharman, and the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia, Amy Johnson.
  • The Times Higher Education’s 2018 survey of the broader student experience placed Sheffield in the top five. The Students' Union voted best in the UK for the tenth year in a row.
  • A £81m Diamond engineering building — the university’s biggest single development — caters for the growing number of students in one of Sheffield’s key strengths. It features 19 specialist laboratories and 1,000 study spaces for students across the university.    
Areas of recognition

The Times Higher Education World subject rankings place Sheffield in the Top 100 for Arts and Humanities, Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health, and Social Sciences globally.

In the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 Sheffield features in the Top 20 for the following subjects: Architecture (#4), Town and Country Planning and Landscape (#4), Communication and Media Studies (#5), History (#5), Materials Technology (#5), General Engineering (#8), Biological Sciences (#8), and Civil Engineering (#8), Linguistics (#8), Politics (#8), Chemical Engineering (#9), Dentistry (#13), Psychology (#15), Business Studies (#15), Law (#16), Social Policy (#17), Electrical & Electronic Engineering (#17), English (#17), Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering (#17), Archaeology & Forensic Science (#18), Drama, Dance and Cinematics (#18), Medicine (#19) and Accounting & Finance (#20).

Kings alumni at University of Sheffield

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