The University of Sheffield is a research university based in the city of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. It is one of the original 'red brick' universities and is a member of the Russell Group of leading research intensive universities. It was ranked 40th in the world's top 100 universities by the Global University Ranking Study 2009, and 17th in the United Kingdom in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and is consistently ranked amongst the top 20 universities in the United Kingdom and Europe according to The Good University Guide. It was the Sunday Times University of the Year in 2001. In 2011, QS World University Rankings placed Sheffield as the 72nd university worldwide. Furthermore, the university is ranked amongst both the UK's and world's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, and the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise found 41 submissions out of 49 of Sheffield's research to contain more than 50% of "world-leading" and "internationally excellent" research, which made Sheffield among the Top Ten in the Russell Group. The university has produced five Nobel Prize winners so far.
New technology could reduce wind energy costs
Engineers from the University of Sheffield have developed a novel technique to predict when bearings inside wind turbines will fail which could make wind energy cheaper.
Brown dwarf stars host powerful aurora displays, astronomers discover
Brown dwarf stars host powerful aurora displays just like planets, astronomers have discovered.
Bomb-proof lining contains explosion in luggage hold of aircraft
A bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists, including academics from the University of Sheffield, has successfully contained blasts in a series of controlled explosions in the luggage hold of a Boeing ...
Scientists move a step closer to understanding species distributions in the face of climate change
A team of international researchers, led by the University of Sheffield, has moved one step closer to discovering how physiological attributes allow some plants to thrive in a variety of conditions - something that could ...
Why Japan can't (or won't) stop using fossil fuels any time soon
The G7 leaders' pledge to eliminate the use of fossil fuels as an energy source by century's end could be the most significant outcome of the most recent meeting. It also reinforces German host Angela Merkel's claim to be ...
Nanotechnology helps protect patients from bone infection
Leading scientists at the University of Sheffield have discovered nanotechnology could hold the key to preventing deep bone infections, after developing a treatment which prevents bacteria and other harmful microorganisms ...
Leaky pipes can allow contaminants into our drinking water
Leaking water pipes can allow potentially harmful contaminants into our drinking water, new research has shown.
Majority of people in Britain harmed by other people's drinking
A new report from the University of Sheffield Alcohol Research Group and the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) has revealed more than half of Scots and three-quarters of people from North West England are harmed by another ...
New evidence links Arctic warming with severe weather
Professor Edward Hanna and PhD student Richard Hall, from the University of Sheffield's Department of Geography, are part of a select group of international climate scientists investigating links between Arctic climate change ...
Opinion: It's important to understand why some people support capital punishment
After eight years on death row, Yakub Memon, who was convicted in 2007 for his role in financing the deadly 1993 Mumbai bombings in which 257 people died, was hanged at a prison in Nagpur, India.