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The University of Sheffield named University of the Year

Our University has been named University of the Year in the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards.

Beating off competition from five other shortlisted universities, the University was rewarded for its many imaginative and innovative initiatives as well as exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance.

Judges said the University had “stood out as a result of a strategy based on its values and rooted in its founding principles” and praised the institution’s “determination and grit” in focusing on its local community.

University Registrar Philip Harvey and Students’ Union President Thom Arnold received the award at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, on Thursday (24 November 2011).

Vice-Chancellor Professor Keith Burnett said: “This is wonderful news for everyone; to be chosen for such an honour is a powerful tribute to the hard work, dedication and ability of our staff, students, graduates and partners.

“At a time of real challenge for quality, access, and the funding of universities, the University of Sheffield has drawn particular inspiration from our founding principles as a civic university established by public subscription and the donations of ordinary working people.

“This has become a unifying passion for all of us, to put knowledge to work in tangible ways, ranging from advanced manufacturing to translational neuroscience to what is perhaps the country’s most ambitious programme of student and staff volunteering.”

The ceremony was attended by more than 1,000 members of the higher education community from around the United Kingdom.

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