Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is a public research university in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England and one of the UK's largest and most diverse universities. It is based on two sites; the City Campus is located in the city centre near Sheffield railway station, while the Collegiate Crescent Campus is about two miles away in the Broomhall Estate off Ecclesall Road in south-west Sheffield.

Sheffield Hallam University
Former names
Sheffield Polytechnic
Sheffield City Polytechnic
MottoLearn and Serve
Established1843 - founded
1992 -university status
Endowment£0.52M (2015)[1]
ChancellorHelena Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws
Vice-ChancellorChris Husbands
Academic staff
Students30,815 (2016/17)[3]
Undergraduates24,455 (2016/17)[3]
Postgraduates6,365 (2016/17)[3]
Location, ,

53.379105°N 1.464706°W / 53.379105; -1.464706
CampusCity Campus and Collegiate Crescent Campus
AffiliationsAssociation of Commonwealth Universities

The university is the 11th largest university in the UK (out of 167) with 30,815 students (of whom 4,400 are international students),[3] 4,494 staff and 708 courses.


Foundation and growth

In 1843 as the industrial revolution gathered pace and Sheffield was on the verge of becoming the steel, tool and cutlery making capital of the world, the Sheffield School of Design was founded following lobbying by artist Benjamin Haydon. The day-to-day running was controlled by the local council, whilst the Board of Trade in London appointed the head. Tuition began in a 60x40ft rented room off Glossop Road.[4] In 1850 the School of Design was renamed Sheffield School of Art.[5]

In 1905 the City of Sheffield Training College (later renamed Sheffield City College of Education) on Collegiate Crescent admitted its first 90 students.[6] During the First World War, the Collegiate Hall was requisitioned by the War Office to create the 3rd Northern General Hospital, a facility for the Royal Army Medical Corps to treat military casualties.[7]

In 1967 the Owen Building was constructed.[8] Built in a functional 1960s design, it has since been modernised and comprehensively renovated with an atrium linking it to four adjacent buildings.[9] In 1969 the Sheffield School of Design merged with the city's College of Technology to form Sheffield Polytechnic. In 1976 Sheffield Polytechnic merged with the city's two teacher training colleges (Sheffield City College and Totley Hall College) and was renamed Sheffield City Polytechnic. In 1987 Sheffield City Polytechnic became a founding member of the Northern Consortium.[10]

University status to present day

In 1992 Sheffield City Polytechnic became Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), with the right to award its own degrees.

In 2005 SHU was reorganised into four faculties. The new Faculty of Development and Society, with an emphasis on 'people, places and spaces', brought together education, geography, humanities, law, and social sciences. At the same time, with the intention of further developing research and teaching in the new Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, a new Clinical Academic Group was launched. The building that had been designed and constructed to house the National Centre for Popular Music became the university's students' union building (the HUBS). The Nelson Mandela Building, the former students' union building, was sold and has since been demolished.

In 2007 SHU took over the teaching of nursing and midwifery from the University of Sheffield. These activities are now based at the Collegiate Crescent Campus. The following year the Psalter Lane campus (formerly the Sheffield College of Art) was closed, and the activities transferred to the City Campus. The £26 million energy-efficient Furnival Building opened in September (renamed Cantor Building in 2011 in recognition of a major donor to the university). The building, which includes teaching spaces and an art gallery has been described as "the impressive new entry point to the campus".[11]

Organisation and governance


SHU is divided into four faculties:

Faculty of Science, Technology, and Arts (STA)

Formally known as the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences (ACES):

  • Art & Design; Business Systems & IT; Communication & Media; Computers & Computing; Engineering & Technology; Mathematics & Statistics; and Multimedia & the Internet.
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Formally known as the Faculty of Development and Society (D&S):

  • Architecture; Built Environment; Education; English; Geography & Environmental Science; Humanities; Law & Community Justice; Planning; Social Sciences; and Performing Arts.
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)
  • Biosciences; Diagnostic Radiography; Nursing & Midwifery; Occupational Therapy; Operating Department Practitioners; Paramedic Studies; Physiotherapy; Radiotherapy & Oncology; Social Work; and Sport.
Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Formerly known as the Faculty of Organisation and Management (OM):

  • Business & Management; Facilities Management; Finance, Accounting & Business Systems; Food & Nutrition; Language & Culture; and Tourism, Hospitality & Events Management.

Research centres

SHU has 30 research centres, including:

  • Art & Design Research Centre
  • Biomedical Research Centre
  • Centre for Education and Inclusion Research
  • Centre for Health and Social Care Research
  • Centre for Professional and Organisational Development
  • Centre for Regional Economic & Social Research
  • Centre for Science Education
  • Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
  • Centre for Sports Engineering Research
  • Centre for Sustainable Consumption
  • Centre for Tourism, Leisure and Environmental Change
  • Culture, Communication and Computing Research Institute
  • Facilities Management Graduate Centre
  • National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering
  • Materials and Engineering Research Institute
  • Sport Industry Research Centre

Through the research centres a number of spin-off companies have been formed, including:

  • Sheaf Solutions – automotive and aerospace organisation
  • Hallam Biotech – biotech analysis and synthesis
  • Materials Analysis & Research Services (MARS) – materials analysis and solutions
  • Bodycote – materials coating
  • Design Futures – product design, packaging design, research & strategy


British barrister, broadcaster, and life peer of the House of Lords Helena Kennedy was installed as Chancellor in a ceremony at Cutlers' Hall on Thursday 26 July 2018.[12]

Academic profile

Lifelong Learning Network

SHU is the lead partner for Higher Futures, the Lifelong Learning Network (LLN) for South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire.

Rankings and reputation

National rankings
Complete (2020)[14]73
Guardian (2020)[15]70
Times / Sunday Times (2020)[16]70=
Global rankings
THE (2020)[17]801–1000
British Government assessment
Teaching Excellence Framework[18]Silver

In the National Student Survey, several subject areas at SHU have performed very well in terms of overall student satisfaction with their courses: for example, architecture and geography have both been placed first, and planning has been placed second.

In the 2013/14 university league tables, Sheffield Hallam University was placed 73rd out of 116 UK universities by The Guardian University Guide; 62nd out of 123 by The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide; and 66th out of 124 by the Complete University Guide. In 2019, it ranked 485th among the universities around the world by SCImago Institutions Rankings.[19]

SHU received a First Class award and was ranked 15th out of 151 universities in the People & Planet University League 2015 which assesses universities on their environmental credentials.

Notable alumni

Notable staff

  • Alison Adam, professor of science, technology and society.
  • Geoff Cartwright, senior lecturer in Environmental Conservation 1995–2012: joint winner of the 2011 Individual award in the Environment Awards of the Sheffield Telegraph for his work on the development of a nature reserve at Blackburn Meadows on the site of the former Tinsley sewage farm.[20]
  • I.M. Dharmadasa, applied physicist and researcher of low cost solar cells
  • Hywel Jones, materials scientist and inventor in advanced ceramics and metals, Principal Research Fellow
  • Marina Lewycka (1946– ), senior lecturer in Media Studies 1998–2012, author of several novels including A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (2005)
  • F.B. Pickering (1927-2017), metallurgist
  • Jane Rogers, winner of the 2012 Arthur C. Clarke Award for the 'best science fiction novel of the year' for The Testament of Jessie Lamb
  • Laura Serrant, Professor of Nursing
  • Jawed Siddiqi, Professor of Software Engineering and Political Activist
  • Frances Spalding, art historian, former lecturer
  • Dave Wickett (1947–2012), lecturer in Economics, served on the industry and economics committee of the Campaign for Real Ale; in 1981 he established the Fat Cat (a real ale pub on Kelham Island) and in 1990 he launched Kelham Island Brewery; in 2004 his golden ale, Pale Rider, won Camra's Champion Beer of Britain award; in 2010 he set up a post-graduate course in brewing at Sheffield University, and in 2011 he was given a lifetime achievement award by the House of Commons all-party parliamentary beer group.[21]
  • Mike Wild (1939– ), senior lecturer in Environmental Studies 1969–1997, founder of the Five Weirs Walk group; co-founder of the Sheffield Wildlife Trust; and 2010 winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Sheffield Telegraph's Environment Awards[22]

See also


  1. "About us" (PDF). Sheffield Hallam University. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  2. "Key Facts". Sheffield Hallam University. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  3. "2016/17 Students by HE provider, level, mode and domicile" (CSV). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  4. Basford, John A School of Art is Beginning, From Sheffield Government School of Design to Sheffield Hallam University, Part 1 1843–1963, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, p. 3
  5. "Our heritage". Sheffield Institute of Arts. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  6. "Sheffield Crescenters Association annual reunion". 1 October 2011.
  7. "Our history". Sheffield Hallam University. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  8. "The Owen Building".
  9. "Owen Building Refurbishment".
  10. see "NCUK". Archived from the original on 6 April 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  11. "University gets keys to Furnival Building". Sheffield Telegraph.
  12. "Human rights champion installed as Chancellor". Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  13. "The University's first chancellor)". Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  14. "University League Table 2020". The Complete University Guide. 1 May 2019.
  15. "University league tables 2020". The Guardian. 7 June 2019.
  16. "The Times and Sunday Times University Good University Guide 2020". Times Newspapers.
  17. "World University Rankings 2020". Times Higher Education.
  18. "Teaching Excellence Framework outcomes". Higher Education Funding Council for England.
  19. "SCImago Institutions Rankings - Higher Education - All Regions and Countries - 2019 - Overall Rank".
  20. "Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards sponsored by Amey: Meet our winners - VIDEO" via
  21. Protz, Roger (23 May 2012). "Dave Wickett obituary". The Guardian. London.
  22. "Mike Wild about nature".

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