University of Sheffield rises in QS World University Rankings top 100

The University of Sheffield has been named one of the best universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings, reaffirming its position as a leading global university for teaching and research.

The University – which has a global reputation for leading the way in inspiring its students and staff to achieve excellence, make a difference and change lives through discovery and understanding – performed among the top 9 per cent in the QS World University Rankings.

The QS global ranking provides a definitive guide to the world’s 959 top universities. The expert opinion of 75,015 academics and 40,455 employers contributed to the 2018 edition of the rankings. 12.3m papers and 75.1m citations were analysed to measure the impact of the research produced by the universities ranked.

The rankings recognise the University of Sheffield as the 13th best institution in the UK and 82nd in the world. Of the 16 Russell Group institutions that are ranked in the QS top 100, the University of Sheffield is one of only five to improve its position from last year.

As well as ranking highly for academic and employer reputation, the international students indicator was the strongest for the University of Sheffield. The University ranked 64th in the world for this indicator, which is based on the proportion of students that are international.

The University of Sheffield has previously been recognised for providing outstanding support for international students and has shown its longstanding commitment through its global #WeAreInternational campaign, which highlights the crucial value of international students to the UK. The campaign, which is now backed by more than 150 universities and international organisations, was jointly founded by the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor and its Students’ Union.

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, said: “It is encouraging to see that The University of Sheffield is again rated so highly in this global ranking of universities.

“Despite the outstanding development of universities in Asia and other parts of the world, our University is rightly known internationally for the standard of our scholarship and teaching, but also for the pioneering ways we work with industry and other partners to improve the economy and people’s lives.

“Education is a crucial long-term investment for the public good. This was something which was understood by the industrialists and working people who raised the funds to found this university over a hundred years ago and who were determined to create ‘a University for the people’ which would improve the economy, health and put the highest quality education within the reach of ‘the child of the working man’. Today we continue to fulfil that promise, making a difference in our city and region but to people around the world.”

The University of Sheffield was recently voted number one in the Russell Group and third best university nationally for student experience. The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017 also voted the University of Sheffield’s Students’ Union best in the UK for the ninth year in a row.


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