Sheffield University bags hat trick of top awards

Sheffield University has picked up a hat-trick of top awards at a national celebration of excellence in higher education.

The university was in the limelight at the Times Higher Education Awards 2014 for providing exceptional support for international students, young researchers and students from all backgrounds.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, vice-chancellor, said: “To win all three awards is a wonderful achievement and a fantastic way to end such a successful year.”

Sheffield was praised for its efforts in highlighting contributions made by students from overseas in a campaign which has gained national recognition.

Sir Keith said: “International students are vital to our universities, to our research, to our communities. They are innovators and friends. Three-quarters of the British public say they agree with us – counting students within immigration targets is wrong and damaging.”

A second award recognised the university’s programme which has recruited 250 apprentices at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Training Centre to help them pursue careers with top companies.

The third praised support in place for young researchers beginning their academic careers.