Why choose us?
1. We'll get you work ready
94% of our students are in work or further study 6 months after graduating1. We believe in combining learning with doing, and you'll experience that from the moment you join us.
All our courses have work experience opportunities embedded in each year of study. We work with over 1,000 organisations to deliver 24,000 placements and real-world projects every year, from the BBC, Sony, Adidas and Disney to the NHS, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Sheffield United FC.
2. Award-winning teaching
The Sunday Times Good University Guide named us University of the Year for Teaching Quality in its 2020 edition. Our student satisfaction score – as measured by the independent National Student Survey – is at 86% after rising four years running. We’re ranked fourth in the country for satisfaction with opportunities to apply your learning.
We hold a silver award from the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework, meaning we consistently exceed national quality requirements.
We are awarded five stars in the QS Star rating, achieving top marks in the categories of teaching, employability, facilities, innovation and inclusiveness.
3. 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.
4. 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.
Over the next five years we’ll be investing £220m in our campuses. We’ll be developing completely new buildings for Sheffield Business School and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. We’ll also be creating landscaped green spaces and refurbishing many of our existing facilities, including the Students’ Union building. 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.
5. 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.
6. Student support
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 of the way – right through to graduation and beyond. Plus, our careers support has 95% student satisfaction3.
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. Travel the world
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.
If your placement is in Europe you can apply for an Erasmus+ grant5 to help with the extra costs of living abroad. You can also apply for up to £500 through the GoGlobal fund to support you with opportunities abroad.
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 100 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 30 sports clubs and 35 social sports sessions every week – In everything from rugby to ultimate Frisbee.
1 According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17 survey.
2 According to National Student Survey 2019 results. Ranking amongst 127 comparable higher education institutions.
3 Life@Sheffield Hallam Survey 2018.
4 We're one of the top 5 modern universities in the UK for research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
5 Subject to the UK's continued participation in the Erasmus programme.