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University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield
Former names
University College of Sheffield
Motto Latin: Rerum cognoscere causas
Motto in English
To discover the causes of things
Established 1828 (1828)Sheffield Medical School
1897 (1897) – University College of Sheffield
1905 (1905) – University of Sheffield
Type Public
Endowment £ 36.5 million[1]
Chancellor Sir Peter Middleton
Vice-Chancellor Sir Keith Burnett
Administrative staff
Students 26,960[2]
Undergraduates 18,005[2]
Postgraduates 8,950[2]
Location Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK
Campus Urban
Colours Black & gold
Affiliations Russell Group, WUN, ACU, N8 Group, White Rose, Yorkshire Universities, EQUIS, AMBA
Logo of the University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield (informally Sheffield University) is a research university in the city of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. It received its royal charter in 1905 as successor to Sheffield Medical School (1828) and University College of Sheffield (1897). As one of the original red brick universities, it is also a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities.

The University of Sheffield is widely recognised as a leading research and teaching university both in the UK and in the world.[3][4][5][6] In 2014, QS World University Rankings[7] placed Sheffield as the 66th university worldwide and 12th in the UK. In 2011, Sheffield was named 'University of the Year' in the Times Higher Education awards.[8] The latest Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2014 ranked the University of Sheffield 1st for student experience, social life, university facilities and accommodation, among other categories.

The university is organised into five academic faculties composed of multiple departments. It had more than 17000 undergraduate and around 9000 postgraduate students in 2012.[9] Its annual income for 2013–14 was £517.9 million, with an expenditure of £497.5 million, resulting in a surplus of £20.4 million.[1]

Sheffield is also a member of the Worldwide Universities Network,[10] the N8 Group of the eight most research intensive universities in Northern England [11] and the White Rose University Consortium.[12]


  • History 1
    • Origins 1.1
    • Royal Charter 1.2
    • Coat of arms 1.3
    • Development 1.4
  • Location 2
    • Main (Western Bank) campus 2.1
      • The Octagon Centre 2.1.1
      • Firth Court and Alfred Denny Building 2.1.2
      • Dainton and Richard Roberts Buildings 2.1.3
      • Hicks Building 2.1.4
      • Arts Tower and Western Bank Library 2.1.5
    • St George's 2.2
      • Sir Frederick Mappin Building 2.2.1
      • St George's Church 2.2.2
      • The Diamond 2.2.3
    • West of the main campus 2.3
    • Libraries and museums 2.4
    • Manvers campus 2.5
  • Organisation 3
    • Faculties and departments 3.1
      • School of Architecture 3.1.1
      • Management School 3.1.2
      • Medical School 3.1.3
    • Governance 3.2
    • Vice-Chancellors 3.3
    • Branding 3.4
    • Reputation and rankings 3.5
    • Involvement with the arms trade 3.6
  • Student life 4
    • Students' Union 4.1
    • Student accommodation 4.2
    • Varsity sports 4.3
  • People associated with the university 5
    • Nobel prizes 5.1
    • Notable alumni 5.2
      • Academics 5.2.1
      • Business people 5.2.2
      • Lawyers 5.2.3
      • Authors 5.2.4
      • Media and Artists 5.2.5
      • Pioneers 5.2.6
      • Politicians 5.2.7
      • Public servants 5.2.8
      • Clergy 5.2.9
      • Scientists 5.2.10
      • Sports people 5.2.11
    • Notable academics 5.3
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8
  • External links 9


Portrait of Mark Firth, opened Firth College in 1879
The poster which helped raise funds for the University (1904/1905)


Sheffield School of Medicine, founded in 1828 (right)
Firth College, later became part of the University
Firth Court, opened in 1905, with the Royal Charter

The University of Sheffield was originally formed by the merger of three colleges. The Sheffield School of Medicine was founded in 1828, followed in 1879[13] by the opening of Firth College, which developed out of the Cambridge University Extension Movement scheme, by

  • Official website
  • University of Sheffield's Union of Students

External links

  • Arthur W. Chapman (1955) The Story of a Modern University: A History of the University of Sheffield, Oxford University Press.
  • Helen Mathers (2005) Steel City Scholars: The Centenary History of the University of Sheffield, London: James & James.

There are two official histories of the university:

Further reading

  1. ^ a b "Annual Report & Financial Statements 2011–2012" (PDF). University of Sheffield. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "All students by HE institution, level of study, mode of study and domicile 2010/11" ( 
  3. ^ Graeme Paton and Ben Bryant (13 September 2012). "Third of Britain's elite universities still looking for students". Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Janet Murray. "Russell Group universities prepare to do battle for top students". the Guardian. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  5. ^ University of Sheffield. "University of Sheffield top of Russell Group and region for student experience". Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Top students concentrated in just 12 elite universities". 13 July 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "QS World University Rankings – 2012". Top Universities. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sheffield named 'University of the Year' at annual THE Awards". Times Higher Education. 25 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "The University of Sheffield Institutional Profiles". 
  10. ^ "WUN Member Universities". 
  11. ^ "N8 Research Partnership". 
  12. ^ "White Rose University Consortium About Us". 
  13. ^ "A Legacy of Excellence" (PDF). Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h "Historical note". University of Sheffield. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "Graduation 2013" (PDF). Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "The Arms of the University of Sheffield". University of Sheffield. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  17. ^ Donald MacLeod (20 July 2005). "Sheffield pulls out of nurse training deal". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 4 April 2008. 
  18. ^ "Campus map". University of Sheffield. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "PatList". Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  20. ^ "About Jessop". The University of Sheffield. 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  21. ^ "Arts Tower Project". The University of Sheffield. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  22. ^ "Octagon". University of Sheffield. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  23. ^ "University of Sheffield Map". University of Sheffield. 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  24. ^ "University of Sheffield and Edgar Allen Library". Picture Sheffield. 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  25. ^ "Department of Animal and Plant Sciences". University of Sheffield. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  26. ^ Mathers, H. (2005) Steel City Scholars, The Centenary History of the University of Sheffield, p191. James and James (Publishers) Ltd. ISBN 1-904022-01-4
  27. ^ a b "Campus landmarks". University of Sheffield. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  28. ^ Harman, R. & Minnis, J. (2004) Pevsner City Guides: Sheffield, pp82–84. New Haven & London: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-10585-1
  29. ^ Images of England (accessed 7 January 2006—free registration required).
  30. ^ "New Engineering Building will open door to growth and investment". The University of Sheffield. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  31. ^ Harman, R. & Minnis, J. (2004) Pevsner City Guides: Sheffield, p88. New Haven & London: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-10585-1
  32. ^ The Star (Sheffield) 29 September 2015 "University opens new £81m new Diamond building"
  33. ^ "SITraN". The University of Sheffield. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  34. ^ "The University Library". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  35. ^ "Information Commons in The Diamond". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  36. ^ "About the Library". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  37. ^ "Exhibition Gallery". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  38. ^ "WBL Exhibition" (PDF). The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  39. ^ "The Alfred Denny Museum of Zoology". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  40. ^ "History of Alfred Denny Museum". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  41. ^ "The Sheffield Jungle". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  42. ^ a b "About the Museum". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  43. ^ "W E S Turner". Science and Society. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  44. ^ BBC A History of the World Glass Fibre Wedding Dress
  45. ^ a b c "The Traditional Heritage Museum". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  46. ^ "Founder of Traditional Heritage Museum says site could close for good". The Star. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  47. ^ "Sheffield Traditional Heritage Museum shuts permanently". BBC. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  48. ^ a b "Faculties". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  49. ^ "The History of the Sheffield School of Architecure". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  50. ^ "REF 2014 Results". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  51. ^ "Accredited MBM Programmes | Association of MBAs". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  52. ^ "Management School". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  53. ^ Sheffield Medical School. "History and Background". Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  54. ^ " General Medical Council". Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  55. ^ a b c "Governance of the University". The University of Sheffield. 
  56. ^ "Membership of the Court" (PDF). The University of Sheffield. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  57. ^ "University scoops top marketing award". The University of Sheffield. 5 April 2006. Retrieved 29 December 2007. 
  58. ^ "Stephenson and Blake fonts". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  59. ^ "Visual Identity". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  60. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015 - UK". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  61. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  62. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2015/16 - United Kingdom". Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  63. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2015/16". Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
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  65. ^ "University League Table 2016". The Complete University Guide. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  66. ^ "University league table 2016". The Guardian. 25 May 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  67. ^ "The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2015". Times Newspapers. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  68. ^ Asthana, Anushka (23 September 2007). "University of Sheffield".  
  69. ^ University website Queen's Anniversary Prizes
  70. ^ "Partners". Higher Futures. Retrieved 30 July 2007. 
  71. ^ University of Sheffield Research Centres and Institutes. Retrieved 2 July 2010
  72. ^ "About AMRC". AMRC. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  73. ^ "BAE SYSTEMS Centre for Research in Active Control launched – news releases – News – ACSE – The University of Sheffield". The University of Sheffield. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  74. ^ Rouse, Alisha (18 October 2012). Fund Education Not War' proposal voted in, as record turnout chooses new union councillors"'". Forge Press (University of Sheffield Students Union). 
  75. ^
  76. ^ University of Sheffield. "Award-winning Students’ Union launches today following multimillion pound refurbishment". Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  77. ^ "About Us". 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  78. ^ "About Us". 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  79. ^ "Accommodation Locations". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  80. ^ a b "Sheffield Varsity 2012". Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  81. ^ University of Sheffield. "Varsity victory for University of Sheffield's sporting champions". Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
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  83. ^ "Crowned the Varsity champions for a third year running". Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  84. ^ "Sir Howard Florey". Nobel Media. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  85. ^ "Hans Krebs". Nobel Media. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  86. ^ "George Porter". Nobel Media. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
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  91. ^ a b c d e f "Outstanding Sheffield Alumni". University of Sheffield. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
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See also

Notable academics

Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold medallist, heptathlete

Sports people



Public servants



Media and Artists

Lee Child, author (LLB)


In November 2013, for the first time in history, the Court of Appeal had an all-Sheffield alumni bench. The judges sitting were Lord Justice Maurice Kay (LLB Law, 1964; PhD Law, 1971 and Hon LLD, 2003), Lady Justice Anne Rafferty (LLB Law, 1971 and Hon LLD, 2005) and Lady Justice Julia Macur (LLB Law, 1978).[90] This event was also extremely significant because outside Oxford and Cambridge, Sheffield now has the record for the highest number of graduates appointed to the bench above any other UK University.


Business people


Notable alumni

  • 1967 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (joint award), [86]
  • 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (joint award), Richard J. Roberts, "for the discovery that genes in eukaryotes are not contiguous strings but contain introns, and that the splicing of messenger RNA to delete those introns can occur in different ways, yielding different proteins from the same DNA sequence"[87]
  • 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (joint award), Sir Harry Kroto, "for their discovery of fullerenes"[88]
  • 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (joint award), Tomas Lindahl, "for his truly exceptional work on DNA and his insights into the systems of DNA repair which make life possible"[89]

And four to its Department of Chemistry:

The University's Faculty of Science is associated with six Nobel Prizes, two for the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology:

Nobel prizes

People associated with the university

The annual "Varsity Challenge" takes place between teams from the University and its rival Sheffield Hallam University starting from 1996.[80] Varsity is divided into winter and summer competitions.[80] The University has 26 varsity sports (sports contested in varsity). The University sports colours are black and gold. The University of Sheffield won the Varsity competition in 2013, beating Sheffield Hallam University for the first time in ten years.[81] It extended the new found winning streak to three years in a row; winning again in 2014 and 2015.[82][83]

Varsity sports

The University halls of residence comprise three villages known as Endcliffe, Ranmoor and City Village.[79]

Student accommodation

The union has an active volunteering and charity community. The RAG (Raising and Giving society) raised over £180,000 in 2011–12, through general fundraising and several larger events; the union is host to the world's largest student organised charity hitchhike, Bummit, which runs every year.[77] Another RAG tradition is Spiderwalk, a 12.5-mile trek through the city and the Peak District through the night; other societies run fund-raising activities throughout the night, such as a 24-hour role-playing event. The Union's "SheffieldVolunteering" scheme is one of the country's most active and well-recognised student volunteering schemes, with over 26,269 hours logged in 2011–12, and has won various national acclaims over the years.[78]

During 2012–13 the Students' Union went under a further redevelopment costing £20 million which led to the refurbishment of the University House. University House, which was one of the first glass curtain walled buildings in the world when it was completed in 1963, has now been integrated with the University's Students' Union – the number one in the UK – in one single building.[76]

In November 2009 a development project began to redevelop the Students' Union building, funded by £5m by the HEFCE, which was completed and re-opened in September 2010. Works centred on improving circulation around the building by aligning previously disjointed floors, improving internal access between the Union building and neighbouring University House, and constructing a striking new entrance and lobby that incorporates the university's traditional colours of black and gold.

The University of Sheffield Students' Union has been rated as the best in the UK by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 6 years in-a-row (2009–2014). Most recently, it was rated number 1 in the UK based on 4,986 student reviews, on review platform StudentCrowd (2015).[75] It was founded in 1906 and consists of two bars (Bar One – which has a book-able function room with its own bar, The Raynor Lounge – and The Interval); three club venues (Fusion, Foundry and Studio); and coffee shops, restaurants, shops, and the student run cinema Sheffield University Football Club has been established for many decades and has previously competed in the FA Amateur Cup and FA Vase.

Students' Union

Student life

The University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is run in partnership with Boeing, which conducts research projects funded by arms manufacturers such as BAE Systems.[72] In 2008, the University partnered with BAE Systems to launch a new Centre for Research in Active Control which aimed to improve the stealth of BAE Systems' submarines.[73] In 2012 the Students Union voted in favour of the University ending all links with the arms trade.[74]

Involvement with the arms trade

As well as the research carried out in departments, the university has 84 specialised research centres or institutes.[71] The last Teaching Quality Assessment awarded Sheffield University grades of "excellent" in 29 subject areas, a record equalled by only a few other UK universities.

The University of Sheffield is also a partner organisation in Higher Futures, a collaborative association of institutions set up under the government's Lifelong Learning Networks initiative, to co-ordinate vocational and work-based education.[70]

For many years the University has been engaged in theological publishing through Sheffield Academic Press and JSOT Press.

Major research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls Royce, Siemens, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, and Slazenger, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations. As an example, the Department of Architecture, under the guidance of Professor Jeremy Till, are currently involved in a research project with development and disaster relief charity Article 25 to investigate the possibilities of building sustainably in arid regions.The University also works with local small and medium enterprises through the dedicated physical spaces at the Sheffield Bioincubator and Kroto Innovation Centre.

Furthermore, The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2013 ranks Sheffield as third overall in the country. It was ranked first for its social life, first for the 'university most people would recommend to a friend', second for library facilities and accommodation.

In 2012, QS World University Rankings[7] placed Sheffield as the 66th university worldwide. The University has won Queen's Anniversary Prizes in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2007.[69] It was also named the Sunday Times University of the Year in 2001 and 'University of the Year' in the 2011 Times Higher Education awards. The University of Sheffield is also in the UK's top 10 for research power, according to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, as well as being in the UK's top 10 universities according to the Shanghai Jiao Tong University's ranking of the top 500 universities worldwide. These results confirm the University's position among the top ten in the Russell Group, as 93% of the research submitted are classed as "internationally recognised" or "world-leading". The university's business school is one of only five Russell Group business schools to have the internationally recognised Triple Crown accreditation.

Firth Court Quad

The University of Sheffield has been described by The Times as one of the powerhouses of British higher education.[68] The University is a member of the Russell Group, the European University Association, the Worldwide Universities Network and the White Rose University Consortium.

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(2015/16, national)
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(2016, national)
The Guardian[66]
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Times/Sunday Times[67]
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Reputation and rankings

The University's fonts are Stephenson and Blake. Both serif font Stephenson and sans serif font Blake are modified versions of a typeface designed by Sheffield company Stephenson & Blake Co.[58][59]

The brand (encompassing the visual identity) is centred on the theme of "discovery", led by the Latin motto from the coat of arms "Rerum Cognoscere Causas" – "to discover the causes of things". It has been applied across print, screen and other areas such as signage, vehicle livery and merchandising. The project was key to the University's Marketing Department receiving "HEIST Marketing Team of the Year, 2005".[57]


The University Coat of Arms, displayed on the front of Mappin Building


The Council manages the University's business side (finance and property).[55] Council membership comprises a majority of non-executive lay members. The Senate manages the academic side of the University. It is the highest academic authority of the University, and is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor. It is also responsible for the regulation of the students' discipline.[55]

The Court is a large body which fosters relations between the University and the community, and includes lay members, many of whom are University alumni. Ex-officio members of the Court include all the MPs of Sheffield, the Bishops of Sheffield and Hallam, and the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police.[55] It also includes representatives of professional bodies such as the Arts Council, Royal Society and the General Medical Council.[56] Court meets annually to receive reports from the Council, the Senate and the Students' Union. It serves many official functions including Chancellor election.

The University Executive Board, whose members are: Vice-Chancellor, five Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellors, two Institutional Pro-Vice-Chancellors (Research and Innovation, and Learning and Teaching), Registrar and Secretary, chief financial officer (CFO), and Director of Human Resources.

There are several bodies which govern the University, including the University Executive Board, the Court, the Council and the Senate.


The Medical School is one of 32 bodies entitled by the General Medical Council (GMC) to award medical degrees in the United Kingdom. The GMC is the body responsible for registering doctors to practise medicine as well as regulating medical education and training in the United Kingdom.[54]

Sheffield Medical School was founded in 1828. It operated independently as the Sheffield School of Medicine until its mergers with Firth College in 1879 and with Sheffield Technical School in 1884.[53]

Medical School

In 2013 the school moved into newly refurbished facilities close to the University of Sheffield campus and Broomhill. It now has dedicated learning and teaching space, a Courtyard, dedicated café and Employability Hub.[52]

Established in 1986, Sheffield University Management School is an AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS accredited business school. It is one of 60 business schools in the world to have achieved triple accreditation.[51]

Management School

The School has courses accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and has an active student society (SUAS). In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Sheffield School of Architecture ranked 4th in the UK.[50]

The Architecture School is one of the longest established architecture schools in the UK, opening in 1908, and was located in the tower of Firth Court. It was soon moved to the Sunday School in Shearwood Road and is located on the top 6 floors of the Arts Tower since 1965.[49]

School of Architecture

The University has five faculties[48] plus an International Faculty in Thessaloniki, Greece.[48]

Bartolomé House, Sheffield Law School

Faculties and departments


The Manvers campus, at Wath-on-Dearne between Rotherham and Barnsley, was where the majority of nursing was taught, but this has now been mothballed.

Manvers campus

The Traditional Heritage Museum (THM) was part of the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition opened to the public in 1985.[45] It was created by Prof Widdowson in 1964 and was run by volunteers and students.[46] The THM housed collections including a replica kitchen from the 1920s, reconstructed workshops and retail shops, such as Pollard’s tea and coffee.[45] The University decided to close the Museum in 2011 because the building could not afford continued public access.[45][47]

The Turner Museum of Glass houses the University's collections of 19th and 20th century glass.[42] It contains mainly from major European and American glassworkers and examples from ancient Egypt and Rome. It is in the Hadfield Building. It was founded by Professor W E S Turner[42][43] of the University in 1943. One of the exhibits is the wedding dress of Helen Nairn (Turner's wife) which is made of glass fibre. This has been selected as one of the items in the BBC's A History of the World in 100 Objects.[44]

The Alfred Denny Museum is a museum operated by the University.[39] It was established in 1905, and was located in Firth Court then moved to Alfred Denny Building.[40] The Museum has specimens from all major phyla, and two letters written from Charles Darwin to Henry Denny. Many of the specimens have been collected since the 1900s, but much of the information about the collection was lost during World War II.[41]

The Western Bank Library has an Exhibition Gallery.[37] The Gallery space enables collections from the University Library and the National Fairground Archive to be displayed in controlled conditions.[38]

The University has currently 5 libraries, they are: the Information Commons, Western Bank Library, Health Sciences Libraries (Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Northern General Hospital) and St. George's Library.[34] The sixth library, IC in the Diamond, will open in 2015.[35] The University of Sheffield Library is a member of Research Libraries UK.[36]

Libraries and museums

Further west lies Weston Park, the Weston Park Museum, the Harold Cantor Gallery, sports facilities in the Crookesmoor area, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health around the Royal Hallamshire Hospital (although these subjects are taught in the city's extensive teaching hospitals under the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and throughout South Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire). It is in this area that the new £12m Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in November 2010, is located.[33]

West of the main campus

This is a new building housing lecture theatres, laboratories, workrooms and other facilities for the teaching of engineering, which opened in September 2015. [32]

The Diamond

St George's Church is a building built in the Perpendicular style. It was the first of three commissioners' churches to be built in Sheffield under the Church Building Act 1818. The church closed in 1981 and was acquired by the University. It was converted for use as a lecture theatre in 1994.[31]

St George's Church

The Sir Frederick Mappin Building is a grade II-listed building in an area known as the St George's Complex. The building houses much of the Faculty of Engineering and St George's IT centre.[27] The oldest part of the building, the former Technical School, now lies in the centre of the building. The extensive Mappin Street frontage includes the main entrance, the John Carr Library and Mappin Hall, and is connected to the Technical School by a bridge.

Sir Frederick Mappin Building

[30] To the east lies St George's Campus, named after

St George's

The Arts Tower is a Grade II* listed building opened in 1966.[26] It was the tallest in Sheffield from 1965 to 2010, and is the tallest university building in the UK.[27] The building, previously housed several academic departments, is now mainly an administration block. A bridge at the mezzanine level links the tower to Western Bank Library. The two buildings are intended to be viewed together.[28] Formerly known as the University Library, the Western Bank Library was the main library of the University of Sheffield until the Information Commons was established. The Grade II*-listed library is home to 25,000 rare books and 150 special collections.[29]

Arts Tower and Western Bank Library

The Hicks Building is a building named after William Mitchinson Hicks, a British mathematician and physicist who spent most of his career at Sheffield, contributing to the development of the university. It houses the departments of Physics and Astronomy, the Chemistry and Physics Workshop and the School of Mathematics and Statistics. The Building is in three sections, including a taller building clad in red-brick, a shorter fully linked section clad in blue tiles and glass, and a section facing the University Concourse.

Hicks Building

The Dainton Building, houses the Department of Chemistry and Faculty of Sciences, is named after Sheffield academic chemist and university chancellor Frederick Sydney Dainton. The East Wing of Dainton Building was renamed Richard Roberts Building after Nobel Laureate and University graduate Richard Roberts.

Dainton and Richard Roberts Buildings in 1971

Dainton and Richard Roberts Buildings

Alfred Denny Building, a red brick building named after the first Professor of Zoology at the department, is linked to Firth Court via the Addison Building. The building houses the Biomedical Science, Animal and Plant Science Departments including its associated museum, Disability and Dyslexia Support Service, and the Perak Laboratories.[25]

The Rotunda, located to the left of Firth Court, is the Registrar and Secretary's Office.[23] It was formerly the Edgar Allen Library, opened 26 April 1909 by Prince and Princess of Wales.[24]

Firth Court is the main administrative centre for the University of Sheffield, stands at the heart of the University precinct on Western Bank. It originally housed the Arts, Science and Medicine departments, while it is currently home to the Department for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and Biomedical Science. The building was opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1905, and is named after Mark Firth.[14]

Firth Court and Alfred Denny Building

The Octagon Centre is a multi-purpose conference centre and music venue situated at the Western Bank campus, and is joined by a skyway to University House. The Octagon Centre comprises an eight-sided auditorium with a capacity of 1600, offices, meeting rooms, and a lounge with bar and patio.[22] The Octagon Centre consists of a main auditorium known as the Convocation Hall, with offices and meeting rooms in corridors across two floors at a lower elevation on the southern side of the building, and a bar lounge. All of these areas are connected by a foyer entrance block. The building is connected to University House by a footbridge, offering access to University House's catering facilities.

The Octagon Centre

The University of Sheffield is not a campus university, though most of its buildings are located in fairly close proximity to each other. The centre of the University's presence lies one mile to the west of Sheffield city centre, where there is a mile-long collection of buildings belonging almost entirely to the University. This area includes the Sheffield Students' Union (housed next door to University House), the Octagon Centre, Firth Court, the Geography and Planning building, the Alfred Denny Building (housing natural sciences, the Departments of Animal and Plant Sciences and Biology, and including a small museum), the Dainton and Richard Roberts Buildings and the Hicks Building. The Grade II*-listed library and Arts Tower are also located in this cluster.[18] The Arts Tower houses one of Europe's few surviving examples of a Paternoster lift.[19] A concourse under the main road (the A57) allows students to easily move between these buildings. Amongst the more recent additions to the universities estate are The Information Commons, opened in 2007, The Soundhouse (Carey Jones Architects and Jefferson Sheard Architects 2008) and the Jessop West building (2009), the first UK project by renowned Berlin architects Sauerbruch Hutton.[20] In addition, throughout 2010 the Western Bank Library received a £3.3m restoration and refurbishment, the University of Sheffield Union of Students underwent a £5m rebuild, and work commenced on a multimillion pound refurbishment of the grade II* listed Arts Tower to extend its lifespan by 30 years.[21]

The Alfred Denny Building

Main (Western Bank) campus

The Arts Tower and Western Bank Library


In 1995, the University took over the Sheffield and North Trent College of Nursing and Midwifery, the St George's Hospital was extended and a new building at the Northern General Hospital has been constructed, which greatly increased the size of the medical faculty. In 2005, the South Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority announced that it would split the training between Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University – however, the University decided to pull out of providing preregistration nursing and midwifery training due to "costs and operational difficulties".[17] In the 21st century, the University opened many more major buildings, such as the Jessop Building, the Soundhouse, Jessop West and the Information Commons. The Arts Tower building, the Students' Union and University House buildings, the Sheffield Bioincubator and University Health Centre were also refurbished.[14]

The University then grew slowly until the 1950s and 1960s when it began to expand rapidly. Many new buildings (including the Main Library and the Northern Consortium; a coalition for the education and recruitment of international students.[14]

In 1905, there were 114 full-time students, and the first Hall of Residence (Stephenson Hall) and library (Edgar Allen library) had been established by then. The number of students increased to a short-lived peak of 1000 in 1919. During World War I, some of the academic subjects and courses were replaced by teaching of munitions making and medical appliances production.[14]


[16] The University's logo, consists of a redrawn version of the Coat of Arms and the name of the institution, is introduced in 2005, the centenary year of the University. However, the Coat of Arms remains the official heraldic symbol of the University, and should not be confused with the logo.[16] (Learn and Teach), A sheaf of eight silver arrows on either side (from the arms of the city), The Crown of Success and The Disce Doce The arms of the University blazoned Azure, A gold-edged book inscribed with the Latin

Coat of arms

, the civic universities founded in the major industrial cities of England. red brick universities Sheffield is one of the six [14] It was originally envisaged that the University College would join

Royal Charter

[15] Sheffield was the only large city in England without a University. Steelworkers, coal miners, factory workers and the people of Sheffield donated over £50,000 in 1904 to help found the University of Sheffield.[14] by Royal Charter.University College of Sheffield The three institutions merged in 1897 to form the [14]

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