The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities for teaching and research in social sciences, according to a subject ranking published this week.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020 has ranked Sheffield 59th out of more than 500 universities across the world for social science subjects.

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One of the most renowned university league tables, the rankings highlight institutions that are leading in subjects such as geography, economics, architecture and politics.

The rankings also placed the University of Sheffield among the world’s top 100 for teaching and research in education and law, and in the top 150 for business and economics.

The results come as Sheffield’s social scientists collaborate with artists and performers as part of the Economic and Social Research Council Festival of Social Science, with events taking place across the city until Sunday 9 November.

Professor Craig Watkins, Vice President and Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield, said: “I am delighted to see the University of Sheffield recognised as being among the very best in the world for teaching and research in social science.

“Our academics are finding innovative ways to make our societies happier, more inclusive and more sustainable – and teaching our students to question the ideas and influences that shape our lives.”

The University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Social Sciences encompasses architecture, economics, education, geography, the Information School, journalism studies, landscape architecture, the Management School, politics and international relations, the Sheffield Methods Institute, sociological studies, urban studies and planning.

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