Sheffield Hallam University

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Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is a university in Sheffield, England. It is based on three main campuses, one at Pond Street in Sheffield city centre and two (Psalter Lane and Collegiate Crescent) along Ecclesall Road in southwest Sheffield. It is one of the largest universities in England. The University Chancellor is Professor the Lord Robert Winston [1] (http://www.dodonline.co.uk/engine.asp?lev1=4&lev2=38&menu=81&biog=y&id=2182).

With more than 24,000 students, over 3,000 staff and 650 courses, the University is the country's sixth largest. The British press place Sheffield Hallam among the leading modern universities. Research, too, is highly-rated—an official assessment (the Research Assessment Exercise) in 2001 placed SHU joint top among modern universities.

The e-learning system at SHU is one of the most extensive, and among the most advanced, at any university in the country.

One of the University's top priorities is promoting regional wealth creation through enterprise and knowledge transfer. This commitment is represented at strategic level via the Sheffield First Partnership – a high-level public, private and voluntary sector partnership which exists to develop and implement economic and social strategies for the city.

One of SHU's leading researchers and scientists is Prof. F.B.Pickering, the famous metallurgist.

History

In 1843, as the industrial revolution gathered pace and Sheffield was on the verge of becoming the steel, tool and cutlery making capital of the world, Sheffield School of Design was founded. After a distinguished history as one of Britain’s top schools of art and design for more than a century, it became one of the colleges that merged with the city’s College of Technology in 1969 to form Sheffield Polytechnic—one of the first polytechnics in the United Kingdom.

In 1976, the Polytechnic was renamed Sheffield City Polytechnic when it absorbed the city’s two teacher training colleges, one of which was itself founded back in 1902. Along with all other British polytechnics, Sheffield City Polytechnic became a university with the right to award its own degrees in 1992, and thus became Sheffield Hallam University.

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