About the University of Sheffield
Facts & Figures
Here are some facts and figures about Sheffield:
- Sheffield is the fourth largest city in England
- Sheffield is the safest and greenest city in England
- Sheffield's two universities generate over 12,000 graduates each year, and combined have a student population of 50,000
- Over 2 million people live within 60 minutes of Sheffield, and 1.3 million of them are of working age
- Sheffield is home to a diverse balance of manufacturing and service industries, as well as several strategic government departments
- Several sectors are growing into globally significant flagships for the city, including the digital and creative industry, Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Nanoscience and Bioscience.
University of Sheffield Nobel Laureates
1945 Medicine / Physiology Prize
Lord Florey (Joseph Hunter Chair of Pathology 1932-35) for isolating and purifying penicillin and discovering its therapeutic effect in infectious diseases.
1953 Medicine / Physiology Prize
Sir Hans Krebs (Lecturer in Pharmacology 1935-45, Professor of Biochemistry 1945-54) for the development of the Krebs Cycle, which explains how life-giving energy is set free in cells by oxidation of glucose to carbon dioxide and water.
1967 Chemistry Prize
Lord Porter (Professor of Physical Chemistry 1955-66) for his discovery of flash photolysis, a technique which enabled chemists for the first time to measure the speed and mechanism of certain reactions that occurred too quickly for detection by conventional methods.
1993 Medicine / Physiology Prize
Richard Roberts (BSc Chemistry 1965, PhD 1968) for his discovery of "split genes", thereby disproving the long-held theory that genes in plants and animals were made up of continuous segments of DNA. This has important biological, medical and evolutionary consequences.
1996 Chemistry Prize
Sir Harry Kroto (BSc Chemistry 1961, PhD 1964) for discovering a new form of carbon, known as "buckminsterfullerene", which stands alongside the two other well-defined forms, diamond and graphite.
More about the University of Sheffield
University guides confirm our position as one of the UK's leading universities. The Virgin 2007 Alternative Guide to British Universities, for instance, says that, “Sheffield is a top university across the board”.
Teaching quality assessments rate our teaching very highly across a wide range of subjects, and official research assessments confirm our reputation as a centre for world-class research in many disciplines.
We have more than 24,000 students from 118 countries, and almost 6000 staff. The University of Sheffield is a popular choice with applicants for university places, and once they arrive our students enjoy the experience so much that many settle in Sheffield after they graduate.
Our research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.
Our academic partners include leading universities around the world. International partnerships include Worldwide Universities Network (USA, Europe and China) and our partnership with Leeds and York Universities (the White Rose Consortium) has combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.
The University's history stretches back to 1828, when the Sheffield School of Medicine was founded, and our University Charter was granted in 1905.
For further information about the University of Sheffield please visit the website at www.shef.ac.uk