After being approached with the opportunity to develop Sheffield Hallam’s award-winning applied approach to teaching, learning and research by the developer Related Argent and Barnet Council, the University will be the anchor higher education partner.
Scheduled to open from 2025/26, and with up to 5,000 students by 2030, the campus will build on the University’s significant experience and proven outcomes for students, employers and the local community. The University will offer a small number of key subjects and skills areas that are in high demand in the area, as well as providing exciting opportunities for Hallam’s wider student community, including work-based learning and work experience placements in and around London.
Sheffield Hallam University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Chris Husbands, said: “This new opportunity will allow us to build on our strengths in applied teaching, learning, work-based activities, consultancy, research and development.
“Sheffield Hallam is and always will be a university proudly rooted in South Yorkshire, with a long tradition of playing an active civic role. We are committed to making our region an even better place for all the communities we serve, which the ongoing major redevelopment of our Sheffield City Centre campus, and our commitments within our Civic University Agreement, clearly demonstrate.
“But we are also a university committed to engaging nationally and globally, and to raising the profile and impact of the city and the region more widely. This new development will create new opportunities for the university community, as well as for local and regional partners.”
“While this new development will make up a relatively small part of our overall provision, it represents a vote of confidence in Sheffield Hallam and is further recognition for our award-winning approach to transforming lives.”
Nick Searl, Partner at Related Argent, added: “We are delighted to be welcoming Sheffield Hallam University to Brent Cross Town. With its excellent connectivity, commitment to wellness and net zero carbon, plus its 15-minute town centre concept, it makes an ideal location for them to grow their community.
“The University’s commitment is a milestone in the broader evolution of the development, which is gaining significant momentum and attracting an ever-widening group of partners who believe in what we are doing and want to be part of that journey.”
Oliver Coppard, South Yorkshire Mayor, said “This is really exciting news for both Sheffield Hallam and our region.
“A Sheffield Hallam campus in London will extend not only the University’s but South Yorkshire’s reach and reputation. It will enable new connections and relationships with business, industry and public services, as well as exciting new opportunities for students and research.
“Like the rest of South Yorkshire, Sheffield Hallam University has ambitious plans for the future.
“I look forward to working with and supporting Sheffield Hallam as they move forward with this exciting project.”
Cllr Terry Fox, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield Hallam is a major civic university, one of the largest employers in our region and a vital institution in the heart of our city.
“Their exciting new plans to develop a campus in London, alongside the further investment already underway in the university’s city centre campus here in Sheffield, is a great opportunity for both the University and our city, helping to demonstrate Sheffield’s bold ambition and projecting a positive image of the city on a national stage.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I am delighted that Sheffield Hallam University will be opening its first satellite campus in Brent Cross Town, bringing a world-class educational hub, employment opportunities and new housing to the area.
The Brent Cross Town development is a major project that will see significant new office and community spaces and homes directly connected to central London via its own new railway station. When finished, it is expected that up to 50,000 people will live, work and study in what will be one of the UK’s largest net zero town centres.