University of Sheffield rated 12th best in UK

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Sheffield University has been ranked the best in Yorkshire - and the 12th best in Britain - in the world’s most comprehensive survey of higher education insitutions.

The influential QS World University Rankings also has Sheffield rated 69th in the global top 100, up from 143rd ten years ago.

The table is created from 90,000 survey responses assessing 3,000 universities around the world.

A total of 19 different faculty subject areas at Sheffield were placed in the top 100 with geography ranked 24th, environmental sciences 35th and material sciences 39th.

Top of the list was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the third year.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett said: “In ten years the University of Sheffield has moved from 143rd place to 69th place in the QS World University Rankings.

“This global table places particular emphasis on the insights of peer academics around the world, who understand our international impact, and we are delighted they recognise our growing contribution amongst the world’s best universities.”

The university was also named number one for student experience in the Times Higher Student Satisfaction Survey earlier this year.

And last month the university’s Students’ Union was voted the best in the UK for the third year running in the National Student Survey 2014.

The union, which underwent a £20 million refurbishment last year, retained the title after being awarded a 94 per cent overall satisfaction rate – an increase from last year’s figure of 93 per cent.

The university has also this year received widespread recognition for leading a groundbreaking campaign to highlight the crucial value of international students to the UK, which has now been backed by over 100 universities, institutions and international organisations.