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The below information combines the most recent and up-to-date statistics as of 7 March 2019 (with some relating to the year 2016/17).

About Sheffield Hallam University

As of 2017/18, Sheffield Hallam is the 10th largest university in the UK, with 30,729 students (79.1% undergraduates and 20.9% postgraduates), 4,357 members of staff (including 2,027 academic staff), and a turnover of £276.6 million.

For information on the structure and location of the University, click the links.

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 2017/18, of all the University's new young full-time undergraduate UK students:

  • 97 per cent were from state schools or colleges
  • 21.2 per cent were from low participation neighbourhoods

In 2016/17:

  • 78 per cent achieve a first or 2:1 at graduation

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

  • 93.6 per cent of students were home fee students and 6.4 per cent were overseas fee students

Our courses

In 2016/17 our students were enrolled on 688 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 (2016/17):

  • Business and administrative studies (5,673)
  • Subjects allied to medicine (5,428)
  • Biological sciences (4,012)
  • Social studies (2,232)
  • Education (2,038)
  • Engineering and technology (2,021)
Student satisfaction

The results of the National Student Survey 2018 show that:

  • 86% agreed that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course
  • We are in the top 30 universities in the country for student satisfaction, moving up 18 places to 28th among 127 comparable higher education institutions in England.
  • We are also ranked 5th in the country for satisfaction with learning resources. 


The University has a range of research centres and institutes and specialised research groups. In 2016/17 total research and innovation income was £15,085,000 - this includes Research (£8.037 million) and  Knowledge Transfer income(£7.048 million).

The University had particular grant success in 2016/17, in securing a record £4.2 million research and knowledge exchange grant income. Prestigious UK research grant funders include the Research Councils (AHRC, ESRC, MRC, EPSRC) Innovate UK, National Institute of Health Research and major charities. Significant grants have also been secured through the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme bringing our total number of grants to 14 since the launch of this programme in 2014, securing £3 million funding for the University over this period.

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 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 over £200 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 2017/18 the University had a total income of £276.6m. Detailed financial information, including annual reports, is available online.

Page last updated: 7 March 2019

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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