Sheffield’s research
and its impact

With over 115 years’ experience as a leading global university, we have a history of changing the world for the better. From the first documented use of penicillin as a therapy in 1930, a drug that has gone on to save more than 82 million lives worldwide, to building Europe’s largest research-led manufacturing cluster, home to Rolls- Royce, Boeing and McLaren Automotive, our inventive spirit, and top-quality research environment is what sets Sheffield apart.

Put simply, our research changes lives and advances our understanding of what it means to be human.

We work with other leading universities, governments and multinational companies to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. We’re focused on the biggest issues in climate, energy, health and social justice. We’re also protecting and promoting the arts, culture and heritage.

Our flagship research institutes bring together experts from a range of disciplines to understand and tackle challenges related to food sustainability, energy, healthy lifespans and neuroscience.

We’re continuing to develop new interdisciplinary strengths in globally significant areas including energy and the environment, healthcare across the disciplines and digital technologies.


Top 10% of all UK universities for research.


92% of our research is classed as world leading or internationally excellent by the Research Excellence Framework 2021