Engineering at the University of Sheffield is ranked favorite for student satisfaction within the prestigious
Russell Group, the association of leading UK research-intensive universities, consistent with the newest
National Student Survey (NSS).
Engineering achieved an overall satisfaction rate of 90 per cent amongst its students, a 4 percentage
point increase on last year’s figure of 86 per cent. Engineering also achieved over 90 per cent
satisfaction in seven of its disciplines in the high-profile annual census commissioned by the Office for
Students. The positive result places Engineering at Sheffield well above the UK sector average of 79 per
A satisfaction rating of 92 per cent in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering places the subject
number one in the Russell Group and number one nationally for overall satisfaction. At subject level, for
overall satisfaction, Sheffield is also number one in the Russell Group for Artificial Intelligence,
Bioengineering, Medical and Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Materials Technology.
The annual survey asks students for their views on key aspects of their University experience including
learning and teaching, assessments and feedback, academic support, learning resources and the
Responding to the results Professor Mike Houslow, Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of
Engineering at the University of Sheffield, said: “This has been the most challenging year in living
memory for university learning and teaching. I am incredibly proud of the teaching staff who put so much
effort into listening to students so that our degree programs, the teaching and the student experience
meet the needs of future engineers. But talking to students, and seeing these survey results, shows me
how much effort the students also put in. That students and staff were able to do this gives me enormous
confidence in the future. ”
The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield is one of the largest in the UK. With seven
departments and three interdisciplinary programmes covering all the engineering disciplines, over 6,700
students, 1,600 staff and £150m annual research-related income from government, industry and charity,
it is one of the simplest institutions within the world to review or perform research in engineering. In the
past year 200 Sheffield engineering students successfully completed their Year in Industry placement
and 89 per cent of engineering graduates were in professional employment after completion of their
degree according to the latest graduate prospects survey 2020.
The Faculty features a long tradition of working with industry, including Rolls-Royce, Network Rail and
Siemens. Its industrial successes are exemplified by the award-winning University of Sheffield Advanced
Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). Partnered with the Faculty, this collaboration between industry
and academia has become a model for forward-thinking research centres worldwide.