University of Sheffield

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The History

The University grew out of the Sheffield Medical School (founded in 1828), Firth College (1879) and the Sheffield Technical School (1884). These three institutions came together in 1897 to form the University College of Sheffield, which in turn became the University of Sheffield in 1905. The univerisity became part of the Russel Group in 1994. Now The University of Sheffield is a multi-campus university and it consists of a number of sites and individual buildings predominantly over two campus areas: the Western Bank and the St George's. The university is widely recognised as a leading research and teaching university both in the UK and in the world.


Why Sheffield?

The university has ranked number 32 in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to work for 2016. 

In our last staff survey (2014) 94% of our staff told us they were proud to work here and 87% would recommend the University as an excellent place to work. Sheffield is special. It's friendly, vibrant, modern, beautiful, creative and diverse.

University guides confirm our position as one of the UK's leading universities. The 2010 Virgin Guide to British Universities, for instance, says that "Sheffield is a top university across the board".

We have more than 27,000 students from 131 countries, and almost 6000 staff. The University of Sheffield is a popular choice with applicants for university places, and once they arrive our students enjoy the experience so much that many settle in Sheffield after they graduate.

Sheffield is safer than other big cities – the UK Peace Index 2013, a study using Home Office data, found Sheffield to be England's safest major city. It's an easy-going and tolerant place to live, and local people welcome the contribution students make to life in the city. And as if all that isn't good enough, the cost of living is less here than in just about every other university town in the UK.


Our Partners

We have many partners and clients for research and academic purposes. Our research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations. Our academic partners include leading universities around the world. International partnerships include Worldwide Universities Network (USA, Europe and China) and our partnership with Leeds and York Universities (the White Rose Consortium) has combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.


Dedication to Equality

As an employee of The University of Sheffield, you can expect to be working for an organisation which takes great pride in their dedication to equality and feels confident that all members of staff should be treated with the upmost respect. We believe that the diversity of our employees is something that should be celebrated.

As an organisation who is committed to being an equal opportunities employer, we take great pride in the fact that our dedication to this cause has continued to be recognised over the years, as demonstrated through the various different awards that we have won.

These include a top-100 Stonewall award for workplace equality and Athena Swan awards for good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research.


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08 Feb 2018
20 Dec 2018

Details We are an active research group investigating ocular tumours, and sarcomas, with an interest in Thyroid cancer. Both ocular tumours and sarcomas are rare compared to the more common cancers such as breast and colon, and represent an under researched area. Genetically they have distinct...

Key staff:

Chancellor: The Rt Hon Lady Justice Rafferty DBE 

Lady Justice Rafferty

Vice-Chancellor: Professor Sir Keith Burnett

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Professor Shearer West

Shearer West

Key facts:

Students: over 27,000 from 131 countries

Staff: 7,000