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THE Awards 2021 Winner in Outstanding Entrepreneurial UniversityWe have just been named University of the Year by Educate North, who also recognised us for our work on Social Mobility. This comes after already being named University of the Year at the UK Social Mobility Awards in 2021.

We were named Outstanding Entrepreneurial University at the Times Higher Education Awards 2021. This award recognises our strategic programme which embeds entrepreneurial principles throughout the whole university, including curriculum, regional partnerships and research.

We already know that our students rate our teaching highly. In 2020 we were the Times and Sunday Times University of the Year for Teaching Quality in recognition of our consistently high student satisfaction scores as measured by the National Student Survey (NSS).


We have also been awarded five stars in the latest QS Stars international rating system. QS Stars is a rating system that provides a detailed look at higher education institutions across the world, focusing on specific topics such Quality Standard Stars rating system 5 gold stars as teaching strength, graduate employability, research strength, inclusiveness and innovation.

But this isn’t enough: we’re ambitious for the next steps in a programme of work which will make Hallam a world-leading centre for advanced applied learning. We will achieve this using our award-winning employability strategy to create a comprehensive portfolio of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Two people in a room working on art and designOur commitment in Transforming Lives is that students will leave us as world-ready citizens with skills and knowledge which reflect cutting-edge understanding in their subject, and able to use these creatively to solve tough problems. We want all our students to be inspired and enthused by the transformative learning experience that we provide through the consistently excellent provision of an innovative and applied curriculum. We want them to have an edge in a rapidly changing world, able to thrive in their work and to make constructive contributions.

Our commitment to applied learning and teaching means:

  • We are one of the biggest trainers of healthcare staff for the NHS in the country
  • We train around 1,000 teachers a year (across degree stages) - with around 600 entering the workforce each year (60% of which in Sheffield City Region)
  • We are home to the largest modern business school in the country, with more than 7,000 students from 100 countries, studying at five locations around the globe.
  • Our National Centre of Excellence for Degree Apprenticeships has the biggest portfolio of degree apprenticeships in the UK
  • We provide around 14,500 health and social care placements a year with local NHS institutions and more than 4,500 per year in education settings
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