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Sheffield Hallam University
Motto Learn and Serve
Established 1992 (but see History)
Type Public
Endowment £546,000[1]
Chancellor Professor The Lord Winston
Vice-Chancellor Professor Philip Jones
Staff 4,027[2]
Students 30,009[3]
Undergraduates 20,735[3]
Postgraduates 7,495[3]
Other students 290 FE[3]
Location Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
53°22′45″N 1°27′53″W / 53.379105°N 1.464706°W / 53.379105; -1.464706Coordinates: 53°22′45″N 1°27′53″W / 53.379105°N 1.464706°W / 53.379105; -1.464706
Affiliations University Alliance
Association of Commonwealth Universities
The Surrey, Harmer and Owen Buildings.

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is a Higher Education institution in South Yorkshire, England, based on two sites in Sheffield. City Campus is in the city centre, close to Sheffield railway station, and Collegiate Crescent Campus is about two miles away, adjacent to Ecclesall Road in south-west Sheffield.

The university is the eighth largest in the UK in terms of enrollment[4], with more than 30,000 students, over 4,000 staff and 650 courses.

One of the university's priorities is to promote regional wealth creation through enterprise and knowledge transfer. This commitment is represented at strategic level via the Sheffield First Partnership – a high-level public, private and voluntary sector partnership to develop and implement economic and social strategies for the city.



1843 As the industrial revolution gathered pace and Sheffield was on the verge of becoming the steel, tool and cutlery making capital of the world, the Sheffield School of Design was founded. For over a century it enjoyed a distinguished history as one of Britain’s top schools of art and design.

1905 The City of Sheffield Training College on Collegiate Crescent admitted its first 90 students.

1969 The Sheffield School of Design merged with the city’s College of Technology to form Sheffield Polytechnic.

1976 Sheffield Polytechnic absorbed the city’s two teacher training colleges, and was renamed Sheffield City Polytechnic.

1987 The institution becomes a founding member of the Northern Consortium.

1992 Sheffield City Polytechnic became Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), with the right to award its own degrees.

2005 SHU was reorganised into four large faculties (see below). The new Faculty of Development and Society, with an emphasis on 'people, places and spaces', brought together education, geography, humanities, law, and social sciences. At the same time, with the intention of further developing research and teaching in the new Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, a new Clinical Academic Group was launched. The building that had been designed and constructed to house the National Centre for Popular Music became the university's students' union building (the HUBS). The former students' union building, the Nelson Mandela Building, was sold and has since been demolished.

2006 SHU took over the teaching of nursing and midwifery from the University of Sheffield. These activities are based at the Collegiate Crescent Campus.

2008 The Psalter Lane campus (formerly the Sheffield College of Art) was closed, and the activities transferred to the City Campus. The Psalter Lane site has been sold and is to be used for housing. The new £26 million energy-efficient Furnival Building opened in September. The building, which includes teaching spaces and an art gallery is said to be "the impressive new entry point to the campus".[5]




SHU's Owen Building, part of the City Campus on Arundel Gate.

SHU is divided into four faculties:

Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences (ACES): Art & Design; Business Systems & IT; Communication & Media; Computers & Computing; Engineering & Technology; Mathematics & Statistics; and Multimedia & the Internet.

Faculty of Development and Society (D&S): Built Environment; Education; English; Geography and Environment; Architecture, Planning & Urban Regeneration; Humanities; Law & Community Justice; Social Sciences, Performing Arts.

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB): Biosciences; Diagnostic Radiography; Nursing & Midwifery; Occupational Therapy; Operating Department Practitioners; Paramedic Studies; Physiotherapy; Radiotherapy & Oncology; Social Work; and Sport.

Sheffield Business School (SBS) - formerly known as the Faculty of Organisation and Management (O&M): Business & Management; Facilities Management; Finance; Food & Nutrition; Language & Culture; and Tourism, Hospitality & Events Management.

Research centres

SHU has 30 research centres, including the following, which have had outstanding success in government research exercises, income generation and industrial co-operation:

  • Biomedical Research Centre
  • Centre for Education and Inclusion Research
  • Centre for Health and Social Care Research
  • Centre for Professional and Organisational Development
  • Centre for Regional Economic & Social Research
  • Centre for Science Education
  • Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
  • Centre for Sustainable Consumption
  • Centre for Tourism, Leisure and Environmental Change
  • Culture, Communication and Computing Research Institute
  • Facilities Management Graduate Centre
  • Materials and Engineering Research Institute
  • Sport Industry Research Centre

Through these centres of excellence, a number of spin-off companies have been formed, including:

  • Sheaf Solutions - automotive and aerospace organisation
  • Hallam Biotech - biotech analysis and synthesis
  • Materials Analysis & Research Services (MARS) - materials analysis and solutions
  • Bodycote - materials coating
  • Design Futures - product design, packaging design, research & strategy

Lifelong Learning Network

SHU is the lead partner for Higher Futures, the Lifelong Learning Network (LLN) for South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire.

League Tables and the National Student Survey

In the National Student Survey, several subject areas at SHU have performed very well in terms of overall student satisfaction with their courses: architecture is ranked 1st, geography is placed =1st, and planning and housing studies are placed 2nd.

In the most recent university league tables, SHU was placed 67th of 117 UK universities by The Guardian,[6] ranked 69th by The Times and 64th by The Sunday Times. The Push guide ranks SHU 33rd of 136 institutions.[7]

However, it has been argued that teaching quality assessments are biased against post-92 universities, and a paper in the Quality in Higher Education journal suggested that if these biases were removed SHU would come first in a league table of teaching quality in English universities: "Sheffield Hallam University takes first place for teaching quality, up from 48th."[8][9]


Life peer and fertility expert Lord Winston was installed as Chancellor of SHU in a ceremony at the Millennium Galleries on Friday 5 October 2001.[10]

Notable alumni

Entrance of Sheffield Hallam University at night.

See also Category:Alumni of Sheffield Hallam University.

Notable staff

Former staff

  • Cameron Maxfield, senior lecturer in Metalwork and Jewellery 196?-2003: artist, metalworker, silversmith, and 2008 winner of the National Metalwork Design Award for his piece Tea Bag Pot
  • John Tyme (1926-2008), lecturer in Environmental Studies at Sheffield Polytechnic 1968-1976, environmentalist, anti-motorway campaigner, and author of Motorways Versus Democracy (Macmillan, 1978)

Football in the Hallam University area

As well as boasting two professional football clubs in Sheffield, both easily accesible via public transport, local non-league side Hallam FC play within walking distance of the university campus. Hallam FC are the second oldest football club in the world and play at the oldest football ground in the world, Sandygate Road. Hallam Uni students pay only £3 to attend Hallam FC home games.

See also


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  2. ^ "Key Facts". Sheffield Hallam University. Retrieved 2007-05-24. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2006/07" (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  4. ^ HESA (2010) Students and Qualifiers Data Tables, Cheltenham: HESA. Available from: <,com_datatables/Itemid,121/task,show_category/catdex,3/> [Accessed 16/03/2010].
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  9. ^ Recounting the Scores: An Analysis of the QAA Subject Review Grades 1995-2001. Cited by Phil Baty in the Times Higher Education Supplement Read Times Higher article here, 17 November 2006
  10. ^ [4]

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