University of Sheffield rises in world rankings

Celebrating: Students graduating at The University of Sheffield.
Celebrating: Students graduating at The University of Sheffield.
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THE University of Sheffield is the ‘top’ institution in the region - rising six places in a major worldwide league table of rankings.

The establishment has been listed as number 66 in the annual QS World University Rankings - a league table of the top 700 universities in the world - in an accolade city academics said highlighted its ‘exceptional reputation’.

The score is the highest for any university in Yorkshire and the Humber, and the facility is one of only 18 in the UK to feature in the top 100.

More than 2,500 sites were considered for the table.

Vice-chancellor Professor Keith Burnett said today: “Being named top in the region by the QS World University Rankings is a fantastic accolade and one that is very well deserved.

“Not only has the university been named top in Yorkshire but we have also seen a rise in our world ranking out of more than 2,500 institutions, highlighting our exceptional reputation both at home and overseas.”

Rankings are based on research, teaching and employability with surveys of academics and employers as well as research citations used to compile the list.”

The proportion of international staff and students - which rose across all the top 100 universities this year by at least 10 per cent - is also a factor.

A total of 5,360 of The University of Sheffield’s students and 625 members of the faculty are international.

In the UK four universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, were in the top 10 and, regionally, The University of Leeds came in next at number 94.

Prof Burnett said: “This follows a year of significant achievement across the board for both staff and students.

“The university was named Times Higher Education university of the year, top of the Russell group, and top of the Yorkshire and the Humber region by the Times Higher Education student survey, and the university’s IT services were rated the best in the country by an independent student satisfaction survey.

“All these accolades recognise hard work and talent by all concerned, and demonstrate our commitment to constantly strive towards excellence in everything we do.”

Results will be published today at www.topuniversities.com.