We're a member of the Russell Group of leading UK research universities. Our outstanding performance for excellent teaching and research, as part of a genuinely global community, is consistently confirmed by international independent assessments.

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Times Higher Education World University Rankings

We're 22nd out of 250 universities in Europe in the first international ranking to measure the quality of teaching across the world, the Europe Teaching Rankings.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

We're also among the top 50 most international universities in the world, according to data from the 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University is ranked 46th in the world and 15th in the UK.

The data for this table is drawn largely from the 'international outlook' pillar of the THE World University Rankings 2022. This takes into account a university’s proportions of international students, international staff, international reputation and journal publications with at least one international co-author.

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide

We're rated 18th in the UK and 3rd in the north and north east in the 2024 The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

QS World University Rankings: Europe

We're placed 28th in Europe15th in the UK and 18th in Northern Europe in the QS World University Rankings: Europe 2024.

The Complete University Guide

We're ranked 20th in the UK in the 2024 Complete University Guide.

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

The 2023 THE Impact Rankings place Sheffield 42nd in the world, from over 1700 institutions, and 8th in the UK for its progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Sheffield has been ranked 9th globally for action on Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG12) and in the top 15 for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG16) and Climate Action (SDG13).

Research Excellence Framework

The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) results in 2021 demonstrate our research and impact excellence across a broad range of disciplines and confirm that our research is having a significant positive impact on lives across the globe.

Research Excellence Framework 2021

A Russell Group university

The University is one of the 24 universities that make up the Russell Group. Members of this group are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 92 per cent of our research and impact was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Russell Group

A top-rated student experience

The 2023 National Student Survey (NSS) placed us number one in the Russell Group, based on aggregate responses.

Our Students’ Union has been voted the best in the UK six years running by the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017).

We're the University of the Year for Student Experience according to The Daily Mail University Guide 2024. We're also ranked 11th in the UK.

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Flagship institutes

The University’s four flagship institutes bring together our key strengths to tackle global issues, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions.