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About Sheffield Hallam University

As of 2015/16, Sheffield Hallam is the 7th largest university in the UK, with 31,484 students (24,706 undergraduates and 6,778 postgraduates), 4,407 members of staff (including 2,071 academic staff), and a turnover of £266.5 million.

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Our students

  • The University recruits a large proportion of students from South Yorkshire, which has one of the lowest rates of participation in HE in the UK. In 2015/16, of all the University's new young full-time undergraduate UK students
  •  96.8 per cent were from state schools or colleges
  • 19.7 per cent were from low participation neighbourhoods
  • 78 per cent achieve a first or 2:1 at graduation

  • 93 per cent of our graduates are in employment within six months of graduation

  • 3,359 of our students are overseas students, with 42 per cent of our non-EU students from China, ten per cent from Nigeria, nine per cent from Malaysia and eight per cent from India

Our courses

In 2015/6 our students were enrolled on 672 different courses, and more than half of all courses offer integrated practice or work placement opportunities.

Sheffield Hallam is one of the UK's largest providers of health and social care courses, teacher training, and sport and physical activity courses. We are also home to one of the UK's oldest established art and design institutions.

Our most popular subject areas are (2015/2016):

  • Business and administrative studies (6,560)
  • Subjects allied to medicine (5,335)
  • Biological sciences (3,683)
  • Education (2,668)
  • Social studies (2,192)
  • Engineering and technology (2,163)


Student satisfaction

The results of the National Student Survey 2017 show that:

  • 85% agreed that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course
  • A number of our courses received 100 per cent satisfaction including mechanical engineering, fashion, sociology, human biology, forensic accounting and international business.
  • 90% agreed that library resources and services are good enough for their needs - placing us in the top ten in the UK. 


The University has a range of research centres and institutes and specialised research groups. In 2015/16 total research and innovation income was £15,778,000 - this includes Research (£7.563 million), Knowledge Transfer (£3.719 million) and HEFCE Research grant (£4.497 million).

The University has been awarded its first two European Horizon 2020 applications. The Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research has secured over £500,000 in the area of security research.

The University made submissions to 11 Units of Assessment for Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Results were published in December 2014, showing that:

  • 18 per cent of research gained the top rating of 4* (world leading) and 47 per cent was rated as internationally excellent (3*)

  • 65 per cent of research activity was rated at internationally excellent or world leading (4* and 3*)

  • Sheffield Hallam is in the top five of all UK modern universities for research quality.


Sheffield Hallam University is the region's second ranking non-profit employer of graduates, according to a new independent study based on data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The Complete University Guide has ranked Sheffield Hallam as joint eighth top graduate employer in the Yorkshire and the Humber - the highest position of any educational institution in the region.


Sheffield Hallam is made up of two campuses within easy walking distance of one another, which linked by a range of privately-owned student accommodation. The University's physical environment includes Grade II listed buildings as well as brand new facilities.

Over the past ten years we've invested around £110 million in our estate with the aim of creating spaces that are innovative, flexible, safe and sustainable. We are one of the best performers in the sector in terms of sustainability.

Financial information

In 2015/16 the University had a total income of £266.5m. Detailed financial information, including annual reports, is available online.

Page last updated: 11 August 2017

The Cantor Building atrium
Collegiate Campus
City Campus - the main entrance and Owen Building
The Owen Building atrium
The brand new Heart Of The Campus building
We will take a long lease on the former head post office later this year
The Stoddart Building
Inside the Adsetts learning centre
Andrew Motion
The Cantor Building, which houses the Sheffield Institute of Arts gallery
The Stoddart Building, as seen from Arundel Gate
The main building and the Stoddart Building
The Adsetts Centre, the learning centre at City Campus
The Cantor Building at night
The main entrance at City Campus
Outside Hallam Union

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