Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK's most progressive and innovative universities. We pride ourselves on making a difference - to our students, our staff and to the businesses we work with. Our research and business ideas, alongside our sought after graduates, contribute to the economic and social development of both our region and to the UK as a whole. Our teaching is first-rate and is supported by our world-class applied research.
Our students are a diverse group and benefit from a tailored approach that helps them to get the most from their studies. We offer top quality teaching and learning facilities and the ability to learn flexibly in a way that best suits their needs. For example, we are one of the UK's leading universities in e-learning and offer a range of distance learning and part time courses as well as the more traditional full time courses. Our industry partners choose Sheffield Hallam because of our flexible, business led approach and our high quality research, facilities and students. Our partners include Sony, BP, NHS, Network Rail, Cisco, SAP and Microsoft. Our facilities are state-of-the-art and we have invested heavily in new technology to ensure that our technological capability matches the cutting-edge approach of our teaching. We are recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning, e-learning and employability. Sheffield Hallam plays a key role in the city and region in which it operates. We are located in both heart of Sheffield and its leafy suburbs and our 30,009 students add to the vibrancy and diversity of the city.
Sheffield Hallam University traces its roots back to 1843, when Sheffield School of Design was founded. It had a distinguished history as one of Britain's top schools of art and design for more than a century. In 1905 The City of Sheffield Training College on Collegiate Crescent admitted its first 90 students. This teacher training college would also go on to become part of Sheffield Hallam University. In 1969 the Sheffield School of Art and Design and the city's College of Technology merged to become Sheffield Polytechnic. In 1976 the Polytechnic was renamed Sheffield City Polytechnic when it absorbed the city's two teacher training colleges. In 1992, the City Polytechnic earned the right to the title of university and the right to award its own degrees and became Sheffield Hallam University. Sheffield Hallam University can boast a host of influential alumni from throughout its many incarnations, but recent notable alumni include Nick Park CBE (Animator, creator of Wallace and Gromit), Richard Caborn MP (former Minister of Sport) and David Mellor (International designer and cutlery-maker).