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University of Sheffield

Prizes and achievements
Their university has a rich record of achievement, from six Nobel Prize winners to four Queen's Anniversary prizes.

Their students, research teams and staff members have also won numerous awards for their innovations in teaching and research, and their contribution to the life of the University and city. Their staff and students achieve great things.

Their six Nobel Prize winners

Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016

Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart (ICI Research Fellow then Lecturer 1970-1978; Reader in Chemistry 1981-1990) shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2016 with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Bernard L. Feringa for the design and synthesis of the world's smallest molecular machines, which are a thousand times thinner than a strand of hair. Their work has dramatically changed the way in which chemists can prepare complex assemblies of individually simple components so that useful functions emerge on a tiny scale. This will have a fundamental role to play in the future development of nanotechnology.

Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart
Sir Harry Kroto, FRS The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1996

Sir Harry (BSc Chemistry 1961, PhD 1964) shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley for discovering a new form of carbon, known as "buckminsterfullerene", which stands alongside the two other well-defined forms, diamond and graphite.

Sir Richard Roberts, FRS
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1993

Sir Richard (BSc Chemistry 1965, PhD 1968) shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1993 with Phillip Sharp for their discovery of "split genes", thereby disproving the long-held theory that genes in plants and animals were made up of continuous segments of DNA. This has important biological, medical and evolutionary consequences.

Lord Porter of Luddenham, OM, FRS
Sir Harry Kroto, FRS The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1967

Lord Porter (Professor of Physical Chemistry 1955-66) shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1967 with Ronald Wreyford for their discovery of flash photolysis, a technique which enabled chemists for the first time to measure the speed and mechanism of certain reactions that occurred too quickly for detection by conventional methods.

Sir Hans Krebs, FRS
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1953

Sir Hans (Lecturer in Pharmacology 1935-45, Professor of Biochemistry 1945-54) was a German-born physician and biochemist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1953 with Fritz Lipmann for his discovery of the citric acid cycle, since named the Krebs Cycle, which explains how life-giving energy is set free in cells by oxidation of glucose to carbon dioxide and water.

Howard Florey, Baron Florey of Adelaide and Marston, FRS
Sir Harry Kroto, FRS The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1945

Lord Florey (Joseph Hunter Chair of Pathology 1932-35) was an Australian pharmacologist and pathologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Sir Ernst Boris Chain and Sir Alexander Fleming for the discovery of penicillin and its curative effect in various infectious diseases. Florey is regarded by the Australian scientific and medical community as one of its greatest scientists. Rankings for the University of Sheffield. We're a member of the Russell Group of leading UK research universities. Their outstanding performance for excellent teaching and research, as part of a genuinely global community, is consistently confirmed by international independent assessment

QS World University Rankings
The University is rated 75th in world – a rise of seven places on the previous year – and 13th in the UK in the 2019 QS World University Rankings.
QS World University Rankings - topuniversities.com Times Higher Education World University Rankings The University is ranked 106th in the world and 12th in the UK according to the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
They also came in at number 42 out of 200 universities in Europe and they are in the top 50 most international universities in the world, with a ranking of 42 out of 800 leading universities worldwide.
They are 11th out of 250 universities in Europe in the first international ranking to measure the quality of teaching across the world, the Europe Teaching Rankings.
Times Higher Education World University Rankings
Times Higher Education best universities in Europe
Times Higher most international universities in the world
Times Higher Europe Teaching Rankings
Research Excellence Framework
The most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014 confirmed their place as a world-leading university. The results demonstrated their research excellence across a range of disciplines, putting them in the top 10 percent of all UK universities. Research Excellence Framework 2014 A Russell Group university
The University is one of the 24 universities that make up the Russell Group. Members of this group are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 99 percent of their research was assessed as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised. They are top 10 in the Russell Group for research outputs.
Russell Group
Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey – top five
In the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018, they were voted top five nationally for providing the best overall student experience, with our Students' Union voted best in the UK for the tenth year in a row.
Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018
The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies
The University is ranked at number 25 in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2017. We're the only university to be featured in this ranking of Britain's happiest and most motivated workforces.
The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies rankings 2017
Why the University of Sheffield is a remarkable place to work

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