Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is a Higher Education institution based in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield, England. The university is based on two sites in Sheffield. City Campus is in the city centre, adjacent to Sheffield railway station, and Collegiate Crescent Campus is about two miles away, adjacent to Ecclesall Road in southwest Sheffield.

The University is the sixth largest in the UK, with 30,000 students, over 4,000 staff and 650 courses. The last Research Assessment Exercise in 2001 placed SHU joint top amongst the newer universities.

One of the university's priorities is to promote regional wealth creation through enterprise and knowledge transfer. This commitment is represented at strategic level via the Sheffield First Partnership – a high-level public, private and voluntary sector partnership which exists to develop and implement economic and social strategies for the city.


1843 As the industrial revolution gathered pace and Sheffield was on the verge of becoming the steel, tool and cutlery making capital of the world, the Sheffield School of Design was founded. For over a century it enjoyed a distinguished history as one of Britain’s top schools of art and design.

1905 The City of Sheffield Training College on Collegiate Crescent admitted its first 90 students.

1969 The Sheffield School of Design merged with the city’s College of Technology to form Sheffield Polytechnic.

1976 Sheffield Polytechnic absorbed the city’s two teacher training colleges, and was renamed Sheffield City Polytechnic.

1987 The institution becomes a founding member of the Northern Consortium.

1992 Sheffield City Polytechnic became a university with the right to award its own degrees, and was named Sheffield Hallam University.

2005 The university was reorganised into four large faculties (see below). The new Faculty of Development and Society, with an emphasis on 'people, places and spaces', brought together education, geography, humanities, law, and social sciences. At the same time, with the intention of further developing research and teaching in the new Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, a new Clinical Academic Group was launched. This was also the year that the building that had been designed and constructed to house the National Centre for Popular Music became the university's students' union building (the HUBS). The former students' union building, the Nelson Mandela Building, was sold off and has since been demolished.

2006 Sheffield Hallam University took over the teaching of nursing and midwifery from the University of Sheffield. These activities are based at the Collegiate Crescent Campus.

2008 The Psalter Lane campus (formerly the Sheffield College of Art) was closed, and the activities based there were transferred to the City Campus. The Psalter Lane site has been sold and is to be used for housing.



Sheffield Hallam University is currently divided into four faculties:

Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences (ACES): Art & Design; Business Systems & IT; Communication & Media; Computers & Computing; Engineering & Technology; Mathematics & Statistics; and Multimedia & the Internet.

Faculty of Development and Society (D&S): Built Environment; Education; English; Geography and Environment; Housing, Planning & Urban Regeneration; Humanities; Law & Community Justice; and Social Sciences.

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB): Biosciences; Diagnostic Radiography; Nursing & Midwifery; Occupational Therapy; Operating Department Practitioners; Paramedic Studies; Physiotherapy; Radiotherapy & Oncology; Social Work; and Sport.

Faculty of Organisation and Management (O&M): Business & Management; Facilities Management; Finance; Food & Nutrition; Language & Culture; Tourism, Hospitality & Events Management.

Research centres

The university has 30 research centres, including the following which have had outstanding success in government research exercises, income generation and industrial co-operation:

  • Biomedical Research Centre
  • Centre for Education Research & Social Inclusion
  • Centre for Health and Social Care Research
  • Centre for Professional and Organisational Development
  • Centre for Regional Economic & Social Research
  • Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
  • Centre for Sustainable Consumption
  • Centre for Tourism, Leisure and Environmental Change
  • Culture, Communication and Computing Research Institute
  • Facilities Management Graduate Centre
  • Materials and Engineering Research Institute
  • Sport Industry Research Centre

Through these centres of excellence, a number of university spin-off companies were formed, including:

  • Sheaf Solutions - automotive and aerospace organisation
  • Hallam Biotech - biotech analysis and synthesis
  • Materials Analysis & Research Services (MARS) - materials analysis and solutions
  • Bodycote - materials coating
  • Design Futures - strategic product and packaging design

Lifelong Learning Network

Sheffield Hallam University is the lead partner for Higher Futures, the Lifelong Learning Network (LLN) for South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire.

League Tables and the National Student Survey

In the most recent university league tables, Sheffield Hallam was placed 78th of 120 UK universities by The Guardian in May 2008, and SHU was ranked 76th by The Times, and 68th by The Sunday Times .

However, it has been argued that teaching quality assessments are biased against post-92 universities, and a paper in the Quality in Higher Education journal suggested that if these biases were removed Sheffield Hallam would come first in a league table of teaching quality in English universities

In the most recent (2007) National Student Survey, several subject areas at Sheffield Hallam did very well in terms of overall student satisfaction with their courses, for example: architecture was ranked 1st, geography was placed =1st, and planning and housing studies were placed 2nd.


Life peer and fertility expert Lord Winston was installed as Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University in a ceremony at the Millennium Galleries on Friday 5 October 2001.

Notable alumni

See also Alumni of Sheffield Hallam University.

Notable staff

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