Why choose us?
1. Great teaching, great outcomes
We have been named University of the Year at the 2022 Educate North Awards, in recognition of the number of graduates going on to gain quality jobs, widening access to higher education, and the positive impact the University has on the region.
We’re passionate about breaking down barriers for communities that have traditionally found higher education harder to access. In 2021 we were also named University of the Year at the UK Social Mobility Awards.
We’re ranked 25th out of 121 universities for ‘value added’ in the Guardian University Guide 2022. This means you’re likely to do better here than students elsewhere with the same A-level or BTEC results.
We have been awarded a maximum five stars in the 2021 QS Stars excellence rating, achieving top marks in almost every category - including teaching, employability, academic development, facilities, and innovation and inclusivity.
The Sunday Times Good University Guide named us University of the Year for Teaching Quality in its 2020 edition, which recognised our consistently high student satisfaction scores as measured by the National Student Survey (NSS).
We are also in the top 50 for graduate prospects in the 2022 Complete University Guide.
2. We'll get you work ready
We are ranked 19th in the UK overall for the proportion of our graduates in highly skilled employment.1
A full 94% of our students are in work or further study 15 months after graduating, with 71%* in highly skilled employment – above the sector average.2
We were named Outstanding Entrepreneurial University at the Times Higher Education Awards 2021. This award recognises our strategic programme which embedded entrepreneurial principles throughout the whole University, including curriculum, regional partnerships, and research.
Our teaching gets you work-ready by showing you how to apply your knowledge. You'll learn the latest ideas and theories, but you'll also learn how to put them into practice.
All our courses have work experience opportunities embedded in each year of study. We deliver over 20,000 placements and real-world projects every year, and work with over 1,000 organisations, from the BBC, Sony, Adidas and Disney to the NHS, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Sheffield United FC.
3. Student support
From the moment your place at Sheffield Hallam is confirmed, you'll be supported in your journey to becoming a university student. We call it the Hallam Welcome – find out more.
Then, in your first few weeks you'll meet three dedicated advisers – one to help with your studies, one for any personal support or advice you need, and one to help you start your career. They'll be with you every step on the way – right through to graduation and beyond. Plus our careers support has 91% student satisfaction3.
4. We're in the centre of an amazing student city
Sheffield is the 5th biggest city in the UK and Sheffield Hallam sits right at the heart of the city centre. We've got everything you need, from one of Europe's biggest shopping malls to thriving scenes in music, art, sport and culture. Plus, you can be in the Peak District National Park in just 20 minutes. There are 60,000 students living in Sheffield – so whatever you're into you'll find it, and you'll make new friends who are into it too.
5. Brand new facilities
We're constantly updating and adding to the facilities you'll use on your course. We've invested over £100 million in new facilities over the last five years, including 24-hour libraries, student-designed study areas, and the same equipment you'll find in your future workplace – whether it's an aeroplane manufacturer or a hospital.
The designs for our new teaching and learning buildings include the latest sustainable energy solutions and measures to make the new buildings zero carbon ready. A new 'university green' public space is also proposed. This will see new trees planted, more than 400 square meters of new greenery and space for up to 150 people to sit and relax.
The development will cement Hallam’s position at the heart of Sheffield’s economy and cityscape, and will deliver modern spaces designed for collaborative, flexible teaching and learning.
Discover our campus spaces and key buildings with our interactive panorama, 360 and drone tours and image gallery.
6. We guarantee your accommodation
Live at the heart of uni life in dedicated student accommodation and a guaranteed place in halls in your first year. All our halls are in popular student areas near our campuses and most are less than a 10-minute walk from your lectures.
We’re flexible when you have to be. If you’re affected by any travel restrictions or changes to your course dates, we offer amended booking policies and flexible tenancy start dates when you book directly with us. We also have a limited supply of non-standard accommodation if you need a room for a shorter period of time.
7. We're a top 5 modern university for research4
This means you'll be taught by people who are experts in their subject and eager to share their knowledge and industry experience with you. Their research helps to make the world a better place and feeds directly into your learning.
8. Global connections
Your global adventure starts here. We offer life-changing overseas trips whether you decide to work, study or volunteer. We have exchange agreements with over 100 universities across the world – you could spend time studying or working in places as near or far as Australia, Canada, China, Europe, India, Malaysia or the USA.
You can also apply for up to £500 through the GoGlobal fund to support you with opportunities abroad.
But you don’t need to leave Sheffield to broaden your horizons. We have students here from over from 100 countries, and we run a mentoring scheme that links UK students with international students through our Culture Connect programme. We also run the Global Citizenship Portfolio, which recognises your hard work in developing your intercultural skills and global outlook, by testing your knowledge, values and experience.
9. Find your squad at Hallam
Joining a society is the perfect way to meet people with the same interests as you – or to try something completely new. We have over 80 student-run societies from rock music and Harry Potter to campaigning, scuba diving and cheerleading. Or if you can’t find the one you want, we’ll help you start your own.
We also run over 40 sports clubs and 45 social sports sessions every week – In everything from rugby to ultimate Frisbee.
1 Based on 2018/19 HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey and comparing 129 universities listed in the Sunday Times Good University Guide.
2 According to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018–19.
3 Welcome Back Survey 2021.
4 We're one of the top 5 modern universities in the UK for research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
*Full time undergraduate home students