Setback for Sheffield’s universities

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SHEFFIELD’s two universities have both slipped downwards in an influential league table of the country’s top higher education institutions.

The University of Sheffield dipped two places, down from 26th to 28th in the rankings produced by The Complete University Guide.

Sheffield Hallam fared even worse, falling 10 places from 62nd to 72nd.

Cambridge topped the overall list and London School of Economics came second, followed by Oxford. The top Yorkshire university was York.

Sheffield Hallam University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Cliff Allan said: “While the university is disappointed to have slipped in these overall rankings, we continue to place a huge emphasis on enhancing all aspects of the student experience here at Sheffield Hallam. It is also encouraging for us to see four of our subjects in the national top 10.”

A spokesman for Sheffield University said: “We continue to be a leading global university with a world-class reputation for research and teaching.

“Our work draws on partnerships with the world’s best, and our expertise across all faculties makes a real difference in people’s lives from health care to the social sciences; from culture to addressing the greatest scientific challenges of our age.”