Graduates have gone on to make waves in academia, economics, politics, culture, sport, law and more besides – here are 10 prominent individuals who gained a degree from the institution.
1. Dr Helen Sharman
Sheffield-born scientist and astronaut Dr Helen Sharman, the first Briton in space, studied chemistry at Sheffield University.
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2. Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill
Sheffield-born Olympic gold medal-winning heptathlete Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill studied psychology at Sheffield University.
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3. Eddie Izzard
Born in France and brought up in Ireland and England, Eddie Izzard studied accountancy at Sheffield University but abandoned his studies to pursue his comedy career. He was later awarded an honorary degree.
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4. Dame Hilary Mantel
Author Hilary Mantel - who was born in Glossop - won the Booker Prize twice for her historical novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. She studied law at Sheffield University.
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