Sheffield is in the top 10% of UK universities for research according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, REF2014 results demonstrated world-leading excellence, impact and strength across all departments. Biomedical research from our Faculty and the Faculty of Science was ranked Number one for world-leading quality in the UK. Dentistry, Nursing and Human Communication Sciences together ranked 12th of 94 in the UK for their world-leading and internationally excellent research. Our research has a powerful impact on healthcare innovation and practice.
The University is an excellent place to study for its 27,000 students. The University was ranked third for student experience in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 Survey and ranked first for its Students’ Union eight years running. It was also voted number one in the UK for community atmosphere, accommodation and social life. With its global reach, the university serves students from across the UK and 143 countries around the world. In the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, the School of Nursing and Midwifery was ranked 7th out of 72 for satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide. In the 2015 National Student Survey, 98% of students in the Medical School agreed that teaching was of high quality.
The University is a remarkable place to work. In 2015, Sheffield was placed in the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to work for list in the non-profit sector. In 2016, we were ranked by Stonewall as one of the top 100 employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff for the third consecutive year.
In 1904, the working people of Sheffield each donated a penny to establish a University that would bring higher education to the children of the people working in its great local industries. The University, which opened in 1905, has a proud history of civic engagement reflected today in numerous initiatives linking the activities and enterprise of the university with communities locally, nationally and internationally. Examples of this in the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health include the Achieve More Faculty Health Challenge that provides learning opportunities for all first year undergraduate students in the faculty to study Local Engagement and Global Citizenship by working together on group projects to explore the factors that affect health in the city of Sheffield.
In 2014, we joined colleagues from other universities across the region to take part in the East Midlands HEI Challenge. At the University of Sheffield, active members from Nursing & Midwifery, Speech & Language Therapy and Orthoptics took part in the challenge. We formed a working partnership with our colleagues at Sheffield Hallam University’s Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to explore ways to enrich the inter-professional educational experience of students in nursing and allied health. We created new collaborations and shared many constructive conversations that have shaped a new learning tool to help students better understand inter-professional contributions to the care of patients after stroke.