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University of the Year for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide – University of the Year for Teaching QualityWe’re The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year for Teaching Quality 2020.

The award recognises our consistently high student satisfaction scores, as measured by the independent National Student Survey (NSS).

In 2020 we achieved an overall score of 82%.


'Sheffield Hallam University is enjoying something of a renaissance. Students have repeatedly given it good ratings for the quality of its teaching, but this year their assessments have propelled the university to a new high. Achieving sustained success in this area is hard, all the more so for a large institution with 30,000 students. No university of a similar size delivers so well on teaching quality in our latest rankings.'
Alastair McCall, editor, The Sunday Times Good University Guide

Teaching excellence

We’re silver rated as part of the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), meaning that we consistently exceed national quality requirements.

The TEF panel praised our ‘excellent levels of satisfaction with teaching and academic support’, and noted that ‘most students achieve excellent outcomes’.

Awarded five stars

We have been awarded five stars in the latest QS Stars international rating system.

QS Stars is a rating system that provides a detailed look at higher education institutions across the world, focusing on specific topics such as teaching strength, graduate employability, research strength, inclusiveness and innovation.

Quality Standard Stars rating system 2019 5 gold stars

The University achieved an overall five-star rating and was given the top mark in six of the eight categories it was assessed on including teaching, employability, facilities, innovation,  inclusiveness and in the specialist category of Hospitality and Leisure Management.

Top 20 university for student satisfaction

We've risen six places in the 2021 Complete University Guide rankings and have been named in the top 20 for student satisfaction.

Top 50 in Guardian League Table

We have risen eight positions in the Guardian league table for 2021, we are now ranked 47th representing the highest position for a modern university in the Yorkshire region. It marks the fourth consecutive year of improvement, with Hallam up 39 places since 2017 and breaking into the top 50 for the first time.

Don't just learn it – do it

Our undergraduate courses have work experience opportunities embedded in each year, thanks to links with over 1,000 organisations – including the BBC, Sony, Adidas, Disney, the NHS, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Sheffield United FC.

We deliver 23,000 placements and real-world projects every year, and 96% of our students are in work or further study 15 months after graduating. 
*2017-18 Graduate Outcomes Survey

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