Sheffield universities ranked within top 50 in Guardian University Guide 2021
The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University have both been named in the top 50 best UK universities in the 2021 Guardian league tables.
Sheffield University placed 31st in the Guardian’s annual university guide, marking an improvement of 14 places from last year.
The guide ranks a number of the university’s subjects within the top 10, including journalism which placed fourth; second for building and town and country planning-related courses; and sixth place for materials and minerals-based engineering courses.
The rise in position takes into account data from the recent National Student Survey (NSS), which saw improvements in key metrics such as course satisfaction in which the university ranked 21st overall with 86.5 per cent of students satisfied with their course.
Continuation rates also helped the institution gain places in the annual guide, with 96 per cent of first-year students continuing study into second year.
Prof Koen Lamberts, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “I am delighted the University of Sheffield has been recognised for the high standards of teaching we provide for students. Rankings can help prospective students make informed choices on issues that are important to them, so it is pleasing to see the university has ranked within the top 10 for several of its subjects.
“I am hugely proud of the dedication our teachers and staff show to our students, from inspiring the next generation with impactful lectures, to working closely with students to help them develop their skills and abilities in their chosen subject.”
Elsewhere, Sheffield Hallam ranked 47th in the latest league table and broke into the top 50 for the first time after previously placing 55th.
Several of the university’s courses – such as hospitality, events management and tourism, criminology, and chemistry – made it into the top 20 rankings, with the institution ranking 38th overall for course satisfaction.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof Sir Chris Husbands, said: “This is Sheffield Hallam’s highest ever position in the Guardian university guide; it shows the impressive impacts of our long-term change strategy which has placed students, engagement with our community and global ambitions at the heart of our thinking.
“It’s a reminder too, after the challenges of responding to Covid-19, that the university has resilience and strength and the real capability to realise its mission to transform lives.”