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New academic year rankings confirm Sheffield as a top university

Posted 10 October 2014
University of Sheffield is 18th in the UK

Recently The Times and Times Higher Education released their latest rankings with the University of Sheffield featuring high in both. Based on academic reputation, student satisfaction and research quality, Sheffield has once again proven its status as a leading university.

Latest rankings

The Times/Sunday Time Good University Guide UK 2015 ranked Sheffield 21st in the UK overall, with 16 of the University’s subjects in the UK top 20:

  • 2nd Architecture
  • 4th Biological Sciences
  • 4th Communication and Media Studies
  • 4th Mechanical Engineering
  • 4th Politics
  • 6th Civil Engineering
  • 6th Materials Technology
  • 7th Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • 7th East and South Asian Studies
  • 10th Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • 10th Philosophy
  • 11th Chemistry
  • 12th Chemical Engineering
  • 13th Physics and Astronomy
  • 15th Geography and Environmental Science
  • 20th Computer Science

THE World University Rankings 2014/15, published in early October, place the university in the global top 125 (18th in the UK) with five subjects coming in the world top 100: Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health (83rd), Social Sciences (85th), Arts and Humanities (87th), Life Sciences (88th) and Engineering and Technology (98th).

The Guardian also compiles its own league tables, and Sheffield appeared in the top 20 for 14 subjects:

  • 3rd Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations
  • 3rd Mechanical Engineering
  • 5th Chemical Engineering
  • 6th Architecture
  • 6th Building and Town and Country Planning
  • 7th Civil Engineering
  • 7th Material and Mineral Engineering
  • 8th Dentistry
  • 11th Social Policy and Administration
  • 12th Biosciences
  • 12th Computer Science and Information Systems
  • 16th Forensic Science and Archaeology
  • 19th Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • 19th Geography and Environmental Studies

What are league table rankings?

League tables are lists of universities which are ordered, or ranked, according to various criteria. Rankings are usually compiled by magazines, newspapers, governments and academics, and released annually. Each calculates their league table differently, but they all look at student satisfaction, student to staff ration, graduate prospects and entry grades. Some rankings, such as The Times/Sunday Times, evaluate universities in the UK, while others assess institutions around the world to compile world university rankings. Rankings are a reliable way of comparing different institutions and identifying universities that are strong in the subject area you are interested in.