Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield Hallam University
Motto Learn and Serve
Established 1843 (Founded)
Type Public
Chancellor Professor The Lord Winston
Vice-Chancellor Professor Philip Jones
Academic staff 4,360[1]
Students 33,830[2]
Undergraduates 25,555[2]
Postgraduates 8,275[2]
Location Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
53°22′45″N 1°27′53″W / 53.379105°N 1.464706°W / 53.379105; -1.464706Coordinates: 53°22′45″N 1°27′53″W / 53.379105°N 1.464706°W / 53.379105; -1.464706
Campus City campus and Collegiate crescent campus.
Affiliations University Alliance
Association of Commonwealth Universities
Logo of Sheffield Hallam University
Owen Building.

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is a higher education institution in South Yorkshire, England, based on two sites in Sheffield. City Campus is located in the city centre, close to Sheffield railway station, and Collegiate Crescent Campus is about two miles away, adjacent to Ecclesall Road in south-west Sheffield.

The university is the fourth largest in the UK after The Open University and the Manchester universities,[2] with more than 33,000 students, 4,360 staff and 572 courses.



1843 As the industrial revolution gathered pace and Sheffield was on the verge of becoming the steel, tool and cutlery making capital of the world, the Sheffield School of Design which is now in collegiate crescent campus was founded. For over a century it enjoyed a distinguished history as one of Britain’s top schools of art and design.

1905 The City of Sheffield Training College on Collegiate Crescent admitted its first 90 students.

1967 The Owen Building is constructed.[3] Built in a functional 1960s design, it has been modernised and renovated numerous times since construction.[4]

1969 The Sheffield School of Design merged with the city’s College of Technology to form Sheffield Polytechnic.

1976 Sheffield Polytechnic absorbed the city’s two teacher training colleges, and was renamed Sheffield City Polytechnic.

1987 The institution becomes a founding member of the Northern Consortium.

1992 Sheffield City Polytechnic became Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), with the right to award its own degrees.

2004 SHU appointed its first clinical medical Honorary Professors.

2005 SHU was reorganised into four large faculties (see below). The new Faculty of Development and Society, with an emphasis on 'people, places and spaces', brought together education, geography, humanities, law, and social sciences. At the same time, with the intention of further developing research and teaching in the new Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, a new Clinical Academic Group was launched. The building that had been designed and constructed to house the National Centre for Popular Music became the university's students' union building (the HUBS). The former students' union building, the Nelson Mandela Building, was sold and has since been demolished.

2007 SHU took over the teaching of nursing and midwifery from the University of Sheffield. These activities are based at the Collegiate Crescent Campus.

2008 The Psalter Lane campus (formerly the Sheffield College of Art) was closed, and the activities transferred to the City Campus. The Psalter Lane site has been sold and is to be used for housing. A £26 million energy-efficient Furnival Building (renamed Cantor Building in 2011) opened in September. The building, which includes teaching spaces and an art gallery is said to be "the impressive new entry point to the campus".[5]



SHU's Owen Building (left) and Stoddart Building (right), part of the City Campus on Arundel Gate.
SHU's Student Union: Hallam Union.

SHU is divided into four faculties:

Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences (ACES): Art & Design; Business Systems & IT; Communication & Media; Computers & Computing; Engineering & Technology; Mathematics & Statistics; and Multimedia & the Internet.

Faculty of Development and Society (D&S): Architecture & Planning; Built Environment; Education; English; Geography & Environmental Science; Humanities; Law & Community Justice; Social Sciences, Performing Arts.

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB): Biosciences; Diagnostic Radiography; Nursing & Midwifery; Occupational Therapy; Operating Department Practitioners; Paramedic Studies; Physiotherapy; Radiotherapy & Oncology; Social Work; and Sport.

Sheffield Business School (SBS) – formerly known as the Faculty of Organisation and Management (O&M): Business & Management; Facilities Management; Finance; Food & Nutrition; Language & Culture; and Tourism, Hospitality & Events Management.

Research centres

SHU has 30 research centres, including the following:

  • Art & Design Research Centre
  • Biomedical Research Centre
  • Centre for Education and Inclusion Research
  • Centre for Health and Social Care Research
  • Centre for Professional and Organisational Development
  • Centre for Regional Economic & Social Research
  • Centre for Science Education
  • Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
  • Centre for Sustainable Consumption
  • Centre for Tourism, Leisure and Environmental Change
  • Culture, Communication and Computing Research Institute
  • Facilities Management Graduate Centre
  • Materials and Engineering Research Institute
  • Sport Industry Research Centre

Through these centres of excellence, a number of spin-off companies have been formed, including:

  • Sheaf Solutions – automotive and aerospace organisation
  • Hallam Biotech – biotech analysis and synthesis
  • Materials Analysis & Research Services (MARS) – materials analysis and solutions
  • Bodycote – materials coating
  • Design Futures – product design, packaging design, research & strategy

Lifelong Learning Network

What If? Poem on the side of Owen Building

SHU is the lead partner for Higher Futures, the Lifelong Learning Network (LLN) for South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire.

League Tables and the National Student Survey

In the National Student Survey, several subject areas at SHU have performed very well in terms of overall student satisfaction with their courses: architecture was ranked 1st, geography was placed = 1st, and planning and housing studies was placed 2nd.[6]

In the most recent university league tables, SHU was placed 49th out of 119 UK universities by The Guardian,[7] 68th by The Independent, 69th by The Times and 64th by The Sunday Times.

Adsetts Learning Centre


Life peer and fertility expert Lord Winston was installed as Chancellor of SHU in a ceremony at the Millennium Galleries on Friday 5 October 2001.[8] Winston has a long history in academia, being at present, and for the majority of his career, a full time faculty member at Imperial College London.

Notable alumni

Entrance of Sheffield Hallam University at night.
Architecture at Collegiate Crescent campus.

Notable staff

Former staff

  • Cameron Maxfield, senior lecturer in Metalwork and Jewellery 1968–2003: artist, metalworker, silversmith, and 2008 winner of the National Metalwork Design Award for his piece Tea Bag Pot
  • John Tyme (1926–2008), senior lecturer in Environmental Studies 1968–1976, environmentalist, anti-motorway campaigner, and author of Motorways Versus Democracy (Macmillan, 1978)
  • Mike Wild (1939– ), senior lecturer in Environmental Studies 1969–1997, founder of the Five Weirs Walk group; co-founder of the urban wildlife trust that is now known as the Sheffield Wildlife Trust; and 2010 winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Sheffield Telegraph's Environment Awards [9]

See also


  1. ^ "Key Facts". Sheffield Hallam University. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Table 0a – All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2008/09" (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Owen Building". 
  4. ^ "Owen Building Refurbishment". 
  5. ^ "University gets keys to Furnival Building". Sheffield Telegraph. 
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