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What we do
A 21st-century civic university
The University of Sheffield was founded over a hundred years ago, founded on the aspirations and financial support of the people of Sheffield. They wanted to establish a university which would benefit their economy, health and children.
These far-sighted men and women could only have wondered at what would follow. Today we are a global community and our citizenship stretches around the world into over 150 countries. Like our city, our staff and students have roots and connections all over our planet.
What we continue to do is based on our values and rooted in our founding principles. Our approach inspires innovative collaboration across subject areas and with individuals, businesses and organisations to solve the more pressing problems we face, both close to home and around the world.
Being a civic university means that we are a place for open debate, for working together to solve problems and making partnerships which challenge and inspire new thinking. We are open to people, to change and to possibility.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Our research is world leading
The University of Sheffield is in the top 10 per cent of all UK universities, according to the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Sheffield's quality, breadth and volume of research activity is further demonstrated by the fact that 99% of research at Sheffield was assessed as internationally recognised or better.
- World-leading: 33%
- Internationally excellent: 52%
- Internationally recognised: 13%
- Nationally recognised: 1%