Delight as University of Sheffield rises in world rankings

University of Sheffield's Firth Court.
University of Sheffield's Firth Court.
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The University of Sheffield has been ranked among the top 100 universities in the world in a major league table.

The establishment has leapt up 24 places to be ranked 97th internationally – and is up three places to 15th in the UK – in the Times Higher Education University World Rankings, a respected list of the top 800 universities in the world.

The university rated number one in the world is the California Institute of Technology for the fifth year in a row, with the University of Oxford in second.

University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor Prof Sir Keith Burnett said: “I am very pleased for the talented and hard-working staff and students that the Times Higher Education World University Rankings acknowledge the reputation of our university as a globally-leading university, making a real contribution through excellent teaching and research.

“It is particularly pleasing that, as a genuinely international community, there has been particular focus on our international outlook, which is so fundamental to our ethos and the approach of our students and scholars, and which brings such benefits back to our region and to the UK.”

He added: “However, we also note that a university cannot and should not base its strategy on external rankings. At a time of great challenge and opportunity, we are determined to continue to make a difference in the world and to work closely with our city and commercial partners in ways which put education to work for the benefit of all.

“Whether this is through new forms of access and apprentices, a focus on enterprise for students or research which changes lives, we believe this must be the true measure of our success.”

The rankings judge research-intensive universities across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.