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Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University
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Former names
Sheffield Polytechnic
Sheffield City Polytechnic
Motto Learn and Serve
Established 1843 (Founded)
1992 (University status)
Type Public
Endowment £2,188,000 (2013)[1]
Chancellor Robert Winston, Baron Winston
Vice-Chancellor Philip Jones
Academic staff
Students 33,099[3]
Undergraduates 25,985[3]
Postgraduates 7,114[3]

Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
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Campus City campus and Collegiate crescent campus
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Affiliations University Alliance
Association of Commonwealth Universities
Logo of Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is a university in South Yorkshire, England, based on two sites in Sheffield. City Campus is located in the city centre, close to Sheffield railway station, and Collegiate Crescent Campus is about two miles away, adjacent to Ecclesall Road in south-west Sheffield.

The university is the third largest in the UK, with more than 33,000 students (of whom over 4,000 are international students), 4,494 staff and 708 courses.


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 following lobbying by artist Benjamin Haydon. The day-to-day running was controlled by the local council, whilst the Board of Trade in London appointed the head. Tuition began in a 60x40ft rented room off Glossop Road.[4] In 1850 the School of Design was renamed Sheffield School of Art.

1905: the City of Sheffield Training College (later renamed Sheffield City College of Education) on Collegiate Crescent admitted its first 90 students.[5]

1967: the Owen Building was constructed.[6] Built in a functional 1960s design, it has since been modernised and comprehensively renovated with an atrium linking it to three adjacent buildings.[7]

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

1976: Sheffield Polytechnic merged with the city's two teacher training colleges (Sheffield City College and Totley Hall College) and was renamed Sheffield City Polytechnic.

1987: Sheffield City Polytechnic became a founding member of the Northern Consortium.

1992: Sheffield City Polytechnic became Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), with the right to award its own degrees.

2005: SHU was reorganised into four faculties. 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. 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 Nelson Mandela Building, the former students' union building, was sold and has since been demolished.

2007: SHU took over the teaching of nursing and midwifery from the University of Sheffield. These activities are now based at the Collegiate Crescent Campus.

2008: the Psalter Lane campus (formerly the Sheffield College of Art) was closed, and the activities transferred to the City Campus. The £26 million energy-efficient Furnival Building opened in September (renamed Cantor Building in 2011 in recognition of a major donor to the university). The building, which includes teaching spaces and an art gallery has been described as "the impressive new entry point to the campus".[8]

Organisation and governance


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SHU's Owen Building (left) and Stoddart Building (right), part of the City Campus on Arundel Gate
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SHU's Student Union: Hallam Union

SHU is 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):

Architecture; Built Environment; Education; English; Geography & Environmental Science; Humanities; Law & Community Justice; Planning; Social Sciences; and Performing Arts.

  • 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.

  • Sheffield Business School (SBS) – formerly known as the Faculty of Organisation and Management:

Business & Management; Facilities Management; Finance; Food & Nutrition; Language & Culture; and Tourism, Hospitality & Events Management.

Research centres

SHU has 30 research centres, including:

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

Through the research centres a number of spin-off companies have been 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 – product design, packaging design, research & strategy


Life peer and fertility expert Robert Winston was installed as Chancellor in a ceremony at the Millennium Galleries on Friday 5 October 2001.[citation needed] Winston has a long history in academia, being a full-time faculty member at Imperial College London for the majority of his career.

Academic profile

Lifelong Learning Network

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What If? Poem on the side of Owen Building

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

Rankings and reputation

In the National Student Survey, several subject areas at SHU have performed very well in terms of overall student satisfaction with their courses: for example, architecture and geography have both been placed first, and planning has been placed second.

In the 2013/14 university league tables, Sheffield Hallam University was placed 73rd out of 116 UK universities by The Guardian University Guide; 62nd out of 123 by The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide; and 66th out of 124 by the Complete University Guide.

Notable alumni

Entrance to Sheffield Hallam University at night
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Collegiate Crescent campus

Notable staff

See also


  1. ^ Morgan J 2014 17 April pp43-51
  2. ^ "Key Facts". Sheffield Hallam University. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Table 0a – All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2008/09" (MICROSOFT EXCEL SPREADSHEET). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Basford, John A School of Art is Beginning From Sheffield Government School of Design to Sheffield Hallam University Part 1 1843–1963, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, p. 3
  5. ^ "Sheffield Crescenters Association annual reunion". 1 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Owen Building". 
  7. ^ "Owen Building Refurbishment". 
  8. ^ "University gets keys to Furnival Building". Sheffield Telegraph. 
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