Sheffield's Cultural Heritage

Sheffield Hallam University

One of the largest universities in the UK, the university has a global community of over 30,000 and more than 250,000 alumni.



Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) began as the Sheffield School of Design in 1843, during the time when Sheffield’s world-famous steelmaking industry took hold. In the 20th Century it was known as Sheffield Polytechnic until finally becoming Sheffield Hallam University in 1992.
A public research school, SHU’s main campus Owen Building was constructed in 1967 with an eye towards modernity, and this energy has stuck until today. It has a second campus on Collegiate Crescent, just outside of the city centre.
In the 2000s, SHU went under major development, adding the unique Student Union building, the teaching of nursery and midwifery (taking over from The University of Sheffield) and the modernist, energy-efficient Cantor Building. In 2019/20, it admitted around 30,000 students, 5,000 of which were international students.
It received a University of the Year Award from The Times in 2020. The Guardian rated it 47th out of 121 Universities in 2021. Elsewhere it has been ranked 485th in the world as of 2019 (SCI Imago), and 15th out of 151 universities based on its environmentalism (People & Planet University League).
SHU was awarded 5 stars in its QS World University Rankings assessment, scoring at the top in regards to ‘teaching, employability, facilities, innovation and inclusiveness’, per its website. 96% of Hallam graduates are employed 14 months after graduating, with 76% in highly-skilled roles, which is above the sector average.
Many SHU degrees offer work-placement opportunities, adding up to 20,000 placements and real-world projects every year, working with 1,000 organisations, from the BBC to the NHS and Rolls-Royce. It also offers study opportunities worldwide, such as exchange programs with other universities.
In the past several years, Sheffield Hallam University has invested over £100 million into its infrastructure and resources, including mechanical equipment, intensive 24-hour libraries and green-focused learning spaces.
SHU Research Institutes and Centres
Industry Innovation Research Institute (I2Ri)
Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC)
Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre (BMRC)

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