Sheffield Hallam has been named University of the Year for Teaching Quality by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2020.

The University has received the prestigious accolade in recognition of consistently improving levels of student satisfaction.

Professor Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “I am delighted that we have won this award. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of staff across Sheffield Hallam University to give our students a truly exceptional learning experience.

“It reflects the success of our determination to respond to student feedback to drive continuous improvement.

“Becoming University of the Year for Teaching Quality is a key milestone on our journey to become the world’s leading applied university, achieving outstanding outcomes for our students and our city, showing the world what a university genuinely focused on transforming lives can achieve.”

This year, Sheffield Hallam achieved 86% overall student satisfaction. This is the highest ever student satisfaction score and places the University 28th out of 127 universities in England. Sheffield Hallam is also ranked 4th in the country for satisfaction with opportunities to apply your learning.

Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “One of our big civic universities, Sheffield Hallam is enjoying something of a renaissance. Students have repeatedly given it good ratings for the quality of its teaching, but this year their assessments have propelled the university to a new high. Achieving sustained success in this area is hard, all the more so for a large – rather than niche – institution with 30,000 students. No university of a similar size delivers so well on teaching quality in our latest rankings.

“It has ambitions to be the leading university in the world for applied learning and has embarked on a 15-year campus plan to deliver on that. Rooted firmly in the region it serves, Sheffield Hallam recruits heavily from some of the groups served least well by British universities and ensures they thrive once they enrol.”

Sheffield Hallam was included within the top 10 European universities for both student engagement and environment by the Times Higher Education (THE) Europe Teaching Rankings 2018.

This year the Guardian University Guide ranked Sheffield Hallam 55th in the country overall, up from 70th last year and 85th the year before – which means the University jumped 30 places in just two years.