The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is a leading Russell Group university, with a world-class reputation. Over 30,000 students from 150 countries study at Sheffield. In a truly global community, they learn alongside over 1,500 of the world’s leading academics.


Sheffield’s world-shaping research feeds into its excellent education. Students learn at the leading edge of discovery from researchers who are tackling today’s biggest global challenges.

Driven by outstanding people, staff and students share a commitment to changing the world for the better, through the power and application of ideas and knowledge.

From the first documented use of penicillin as a therapy in 1930, to building Europe’s largest research-led manufacturing cluster, Sheffield’s inventive spirit and top-quality research environment sets it apart.

Current research partners include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many government agencies and charitable foundations.

Over 300,000 Sheffield alumni from 205 different countries make a significant influence across the world, with six Nobel Prize winners included amongst former staff and students.

Jobs at The University of Sheffield

The University is a diverse workplace and proudly holds an Athena SWAN Institutional Silver Award, the University Mental Health Charter Award and is a Disability Confident Employer.
To find out about current vacancies please visit the University of Sheffield jobs page.

Race Equality

The University’s commitment to progressing in this area was formalised with the launch of the Race Equality Strategy and Action Plan in March 2019. The University of Sheffield is currently working towards the Race Equality Charter Award.

The University works closely with the Staff Race Equality Network (SREN) and the Race Equality Steering Group (RESG) to ensure that race-related issues for staff and students are progressed.
The five aims of the  Race Equality Strategy and Action Plan:

  1. Reduce the awarding gap between Black, Asian and Other Minority Ethnic (BAME) and White students to zero.
  2. Widen access to students from BAME backgrounds and support these students to succeed once at the University of Sheffield.
  3. Improve graduate outcomes and progression to postgraduate education for BAME students.
  4. Increase the diversity of the staff body and support the career progression of BAME staff.
  5. Create an inclusive campus culture that facilitates belonging and promotes respect for BAME students and staff and the wider BAME community.

Staff and Student Networks

University of Sheffield’s Staff Race Equality Network (SREN) is open to all Black, Asian and Other Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff.

The Network was launched in 2018 (originally the BAME Staff Network) to address the needs, priorities and concerns of both academic and professional members of staff at the University who self-identify as BAME.

The Network provides opportunities for all members to meet, talk informally and raise any issues.   The SREN also works closely with other staff Networks to create change in the University.

Students can choose from 350 societies and clubs, or join over 2,000 volunteers. Sheffield has a large number of Student Union Committees. These committees support ethnic minority students, help eliminate racism and all forms of ignorance, discrimination and prejudice, and address issues of equality and representation at the University and in the community.

Sheffield’s Students’ Union has won the Whatuni Student Choice Award for Best Students’ Union for six consecutive years.