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Jennifer Watson

KE Policy Engagement Lead (Research, Partnerships and Innovation) View website

The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield was founded through the aspirations and financial support of the people of Sheffield. Members of the community gave penny donations to establish a university that would benefit the local economy, public health and their children’s futures. This fostered a deeply ingrained connection to the local region and a sense of pride in our civic values.

Today, our university has over 20,000 undergraduate and 8,500 postgraduate students, representing a global community whose citizenship stretches into more than 150 countries. We collaborate with individuals, businesses and organisations to make a difference locally and globally.

Our social and public responsibility is integral to our university – to our education, research and partnerships. Sheffield is a civic university for the 21st century. Our approach inspires innovative collaboration across subject areas and with individuals, businesses and organisations to solve the more pressing problems we face, both close to home and around the world.

We’re top 10 in the Russell Group for research outputs and top 10 among UK universities for research grant funding. In 2016/2017, our annual income was £623.6 million of which £155.9 million was from research grants and contracts. In the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2019, we were voted top five nationally for best overall student experience, and our Students’ Union has been voted best in the UK for ten years in a row.

We use our power as a research-led university to tackle interlinked social, environmental and economic challenges through ambitious, interdisciplinary thinking. By researching areas such as food, energy, poverty and urban development, and through our operations and the values we instil in our graduates, we’re finding new and innovative ways to contribute to a more sustainable world, as reflected in our newly-launched sustainability strategy.

We have a number of departments and research centres with strong links to policymakers at all levels of government, in the UK and internationally. These include the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI)Grantham Centre for Sustainable FuturesSheffield Institute for International DevelopmentThe Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of PoliticsUniversity of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre; and Sheffield Alcohol Research Group.

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