Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University was founded in 1843, originally as the Sheffield School of Design and in response to the industrial revolution, in which Sheffield established itself as a leading centre for steel production. Granted university status in 1992, the university is now the sixth largest in the UK with over 30,000 students, including 4,000 students from overseas.

The university has two campuses: City Campus is at the heart of the city and located near to Sheffield railway station; and Collegiate Campus, which is a couple of miles further out and surrounded by green space. Both comprise Grade-II listed buildings alongside more modern facilities.

Fast facts


  • Sheffield, England

Number of students

  • 34,000


  • 4,000


  • Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences
  • Faculty of Development and Society
  • Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
  • Sheffield Business School

Notable Alumni

  • Nick Park CBE - Creator of Wallace the Gromit and Shaun the Sheep
  • David Slade - British film and television director. His works include the films Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. He has also directed episodes for Breaking Bad.
  • Jarvis Cocker - Frontman for the band Pulp. He became a figurehead of the Britpop movement of the mid-1990s.

Key strengths in teaching and research

  • Sports and Physical Activity
  • Medicine
  • Business studies
  • Teacher Training
  • Health and Social Care


Sheffield Hallam University's research programme was ranked in the top five of all UK modern universities which submitted more than one research area, in the national Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Sheffield Hallam performed particularly well in several areas

  • Art and Design research was ranked second among 45 modern universities and in the top ten of all UK universities
  • Architecture, Built Environment and Planning research was ranked first among 23 modern universities, and eleventh of all UK universities
  • Education research was ranked third among 39 modern universities, and Sport research was ranked in the top ten of 33 modern institutions

(Sheffield Hallam University website, 2018)


in the UK for Librarianship & Information Management

The Complete University Guide, 2019


in the UK for Land & Property Management

The Complete University Guide, 2019


in the UK for Physiotherapy

The Complete University Guide, 2018


Known as “The Steel City” for its industry back in the 1900's, Sheffield is located in the north of England, and considered one of UK’s safest and most low-cost cities.

Sheffield is a green, innovative and modern city with an outstanding spirit of inclusion. Sheffield has everything to offer to students from its vibrant nightlife and great musical scene to its amazing outdoors in the Peak District National Park.

The University is ranked third best nationally for offering the best student experience (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017)

Other information

Did you know?

  • Sheffield Hallam is the fourth largest university in the UK with 34,000 students and 4,500 academic staff
  • Agreements with the Olympic Games and Special Olympics and The ‘Tour de France’ offering students exclusive opportunities to get involved.
  • Sheffield Hallam University is pioneering fingerprint technology to help crime fighters of the future. New technology allows the identification of not just fingerprints, but materials from the surface of the skin and secretions from glands to give evidence of substances ingested by suspects (The Complete University Guide, 2019)

The Sheffield Hallam Univeristy Student's Union

The award-winning Hallam Union provides a wide range of activities, allowing students to make the most their time at university and equipping them with skills and experience to enhance their degree and CV ready for graduation.

There are more than 80 different societies, from film to belly dance, and more than 40 sports clubs; and over 700 students are involved in Hallam Union volunteering projects, many of which support the city's communities.

(The Complete University Guide, 2018)


Sheffield Hallam University has various scholarships available for international students. Each country may offer different scholarships and/or student loans. For further information, please contact the Inova Education team, we are experts in this field and will help you to identify the best option for you.

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