University of Sheffield ranked among world’s best for arts and humanities

4th November 2021

The University of Sheffield has been named as one of the best universities in the world for teaching and research in the arts and humanities, according to new subject rankings published today (3 November 2021).

The 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject has ranked Sheffield among the top 100 universities in the world for arts and humanities subjects.

One of the most renowned university league tables, the rankings highlight institutions that are leading in subjects such as languages, literature, linguistics, history, philosophy, music, architecture and archaeology.

Sheffield has been ranked 67th out of more than 600 universities worldwide.

Professor Susan Fitzmaurice, Vice-President for Arts and Humanities at the University of Sheffield, said: “I am very pleased and proud that the arts and humanities have maintained our global standing at a time of rapid change and considerable challenge throughout society. This success is thanks to the vigour, vitality and resilience of our staff and students.

“As we look for a way out of the pandemic, the arts and humanities are more important than ever. Some of the biggest challenges and divisions we are facing across the UK and the rest of the world have human behaviour at their heart - for example, rising Covid-19 cases, the climate crisis, plastic waste, racism, discrimination, international co-operation, cultures and identities - they are all issues in which human behaviour is key. The arts and humanities play a crucial role in helping us understand this. We can’t address the challenges and divisions we are facing without people educated in the arts and humanities sharing their critical reflection, analytical skills, knowledge and understanding.”

The University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities explores what makes us human through the study of languages, cultures, histories and ideas.

Sheffield’s arts and humanities faculty is renowned for its interdisciplinary approaches, innovative learning and teaching practices and its extensive engagement with partners and communities throughout the South Yorkshire region, the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. The faculty has a track record for research excellence that attracts students from all over the globe.

Work undertaken in the faculty is at the heart of understanding human society with the view that an understanding of people's lives, experiences, beliefs and values - both past and present - is absolutely vital when tackling the greatest issues facing humanity today.

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