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Global partner to expand opportunities for students and research

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A partnership that promises to strengthen global research collaboration and international exchange opportunities for staff and students has been announced by Sheffield Hallam University and La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.

At a time when it's never been more important for students to gain a global perspective, the strategic partnership will provide students from both universities with international learning opportunities, spending a portion of their study in Australia and the UK, helping to enrich their experience, and enhance their employability prospects.

Both universities will work together to create opportunities for collaborative research and innovation projects with worldwide impact, through shared areas of strength that include  seeking to improve public health and social care, physical activity levels and manufacturing productivity. The global strategic partnership builds on several years of successful joint working and marks a step change in collaboration for both universities.

Of the 20,000 universities in the world, La Trobe is ranked in the top 1.5 %. The University was rated number 56 in the world in the Times Higher Education 150 Under 50 rankings in 2017 and in 2018, it was ranked 59th in the world in the Times Higher Education Golden Age list, a catalogue of 200 universities from around the world between 50 and 80 years old.

According to the latest Commonwealth Government's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report, La Trobe is rated “well above world standard” (the top ranking) in 22 fields and “above world standard” in 15 more.

The partnership was launched as part of a visit to the Australian institution by Sheffield Hallam Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Chris Husbands.

"This is an exciting partnership that brings together two universities that share a common vision of the transformative potential of universities," said Sir Chris. 

"Our two institutions believe in the importance of providing students with opportunities to succeed at whatever they choose to do irrespective of their backgrounds and personal circumstances, and in the potential of education and research to address the most significant social, cultural and economic challenges.

Hallam VC Prof Sir Chris Husbands (left) and La Trobe VC Prof John Dewar formally launch the partnership.jpg

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"Creating global connections is vitally important for our students, staff and the wider communities. It helps us better understand global cultures and provides our students and staff the opportunity to study, work and travel abroad. Our outstanding research will significantly benefit from the international collaborations that will come as a result of this partnership.

"The ability to scrutinize, debate and share experience is essential for academic and scientific accomplishment. Constructively challenging accepted opinions and ideas is central to research development, and international collaboration helps to facilitate this."

La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar welcomed Professor Sir Chris Husbands to La Trobe and said the partnership between the two universities will create exciting opportunities for students in Australia and in the UK.

“Now more than ever it’s vital students gain a global perspective,” Professor Dewar said.

“This partnership with a UK university which shares La Trobe’s values of inclusiveness, diversity and equity, will be of huge benefit to our students on both sides of the globe, enriching their learning experience and enhancing employability outcomes.

“The partnership also offers dynamic new opportunities for research - recognising the importance of global collaboration to deliver real impact and transformation on the world stage.”

For press information:Sarah Duce in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 4025 or email