How old is The University of Sheffield? Historical note...

— 10.02.16

by Jody Dalton

Today, The Times Higher Education published the Top 25 universities over 400 years old, marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The UK tops the list with the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh claiming the first three places. You can read Top 25 article here.

But we wondered if you knew the answer to:

“How old is The University of Sheffield?”

The University of Sheffield was granted its Royal Charter on 31 May 1905 and in July of the same year, the new Firth Court Building on Western Bank was opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. At the time of its foundation there were 114 full-time students reading for degrees in Arts, Pure Science, Medicine and Applied Science.

The mile-long 'campus' now stretches almost unbroken from St George's Square in the city centre into Crookesmoor, with a student population of over 27,000 today including students from all over the world.

Pictured below (clockwise) from TUOS archives: Mappin Hall, Gymnasium 1935, Women’s common room, Edgar Allen Library showing War Memorial 1935

Read more about the History of the University here.


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