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University of Sheffield: Profile

The University of Sheffield is a member of the illustrious Russell Group of leading research universities which includes Oxford, Cambridge, University College London and Manchester. The University has been ranked No1 for student satisfaction from the 2014 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

They say:

"Our purpose has long been to improve the world by seeking to understand it better. The University's motto, "Rerum Cognoscere Causas", comes from Virgil's Georgics and means 'to know the causes of things'.

"We now define the University's mission in more contemporary language as 'to discover and understand'. We remain committed today to the goal of changing the world for the better through the power and application of ideas and knowledge."

The award winning Student Union

The award winning Student Union


Total number of students (2013-14): 25,664

Established:  1879

Famous AlumniThe Rt Hon David Blunkett MP - MP for Sheffield Brightside, Lee Child - Crime fiction novelist, Sir Richard Roberts - Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology 1993, Hilary Mantel, CBE, FRSL - Author and winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009 and 2012, Jessica Ennis-Hill -  Great Britain Heptathlete – Olympic Gold Medalist Women’s Heptathlon 2012.

Interesting fact: The University has five Nobel Prize winners.

The multi-functional Information Commons 


The University offers a comprehensive selection of postgraduate education across its five faculties. Students can enroll in part-time, full-time and distance learning across the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Medicine, Sciences and Social Science. The total number of Postgraduate students is 7449. 


As with every institution tuition fees vary. The university has many bursaries available across all subjects, information available on the Universities bursaries section of the website.


The University has been ranked No1 for student satisfaction from the 2014 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, this included the universities accommodation. The accommodation for postgraduates ranges from the student villages of Ranmoor and Endcliffe, university accommodation in the city Centre and a vast selection of private rented accommodation all within walking distance of the university. Find out more information here.



The University has invested a huge amount in recent projects including:

£81 million investment in The Diamond - a brand new building that will offer state of the art learning and teaching facilities.

£36 million refurbishment of The Arts Tower - the city's iconic 1960s building, including period fittings and paternoster lift.

£20 million development of the Students’ Union - underlines the Universites position as the best students' union in the UK.

The new investments add to the world class facilities such as the Information Commons. The IC combines library facilities with study spaces and IT resources. It's open 24 hours a day, has full wireless access, over 500 PCs and a 70-seat café and over 100,000 of the most in-demand books.

The Information Commons, more than a library


Sheffield is a major city with a strong sense of community. The people are friendly. You'll find they go out of their way to help you and make you feel welcome. It’s a compact city, easy to get around, so you'll settle in quickly.

The cultural life of the city is vibrant. The award-winning Millennium Gallery complex is linked to the Tate and the V&A in London. The Showroom is the biggest independent cinema outside London. The Crucible, Lyceum and Studio are among the UK's most important theatres.

The campus isn't cut off from the city. It's right on the edge of the city centre, five minutes' walk from the popular West Street area of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops. There's plenty of affordable accommodation in the centre and in the quiet suburbs, ten minutes away by bus.

The cost of living here is relatively low. And Government statistics show that Sheffield is one of the safest major cities in the UK.

Contact details:

The University of Sheffield
Western Bank
Sheffield S10 2TN

Calls from the UK: 0114 222 2000
International calls: +44 114 222 2000