Sheffield Hallam named UK university of the year for teaching quality in leading guide

Sheffield Hallam University has been named the UK university of the year for teaching quality in the latest Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Friday, 20th September 2019, 12:57 pm
Updated Friday, 27th September 2019, 6:18 pm
Sheffield Hallam University.

As well as ranking 6th overall among northern universities, Hallam has also risen steadily up the guide’s teaching rankings from 30th last year to 14th position in 2020.

The university also ranks in the top half of the guide’s social inclusion table, and was revealed to be higher education’s biggest recruiter of poor, white students in a report published earlier this year.

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The guide’s editors said the results showed Hallam was going from ‘strength to strength’, with a recent launch of a £220m investment plan alongside the opening later this year of their £14m Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre.

Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, said: "One of our big civic universities, Sheffield Hallam is enjoying something of a renaissance.

“Students have repeatedly given it good ratings for the quality of its teaching, but this year their assessments have propelled the university to a new high.

“Achieving sustained success in this area is hard, all the more so for a large - rather than niche - institution with 30,000 students.

“No university of a similar size delivers so well on teaching quality in our latest rankings.

“It has ambitions to be the leading university in the world for applied learning and has embarked on a 15-year campus plan to deliver on that.

“Rooted firmly in the region it serves, Sheffield Hallam recruits heavily from some of the groups served least well by British universities and ensures they thrive once they enrol.”

The Times and Sunday Times have been producing a combined Good University Guide 2013.

Its scores on teaching quality come from the National Student Survey, an annual study which gathers students’ opinions on the quality of their courses.

Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Sheffield Hallam’s vice-chancellor, said the university was ‘delighted’ to win the award.

He said: “It is testament to the hard work and dedication of staff across Sheffield Hallam University to give our students a truly exceptional learning experience.

“It reflects the success of our determination to respond to student feedback to drive continuous improvement.

“Becoming university of the year for teaching quality is a key milestone on our journey to become the world’s leading applied university, achieving outstanding outcomes for our students and our city, showing the world what a university genuinely focused on transforming lives can achieve.”