Sheffield is formed from 50 academic departments which are organised into five faculties and an international faculty. The university is one of the original red brick universities , a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the Worldwide Universities Network , the N8 Group of the eight most research intensive universities in Northern England and the White Rose University Consortium. Sheffield has been ranked as top university in the world by QS for last fifteen years. There are 8 Nobel laureates affiliated with Sheffield and six of them are the alumni or former long-term staff of the university. In , the General Infirmary was opened, becoming the first hospital in the city. Because of the apprenticeship-type training, the medical education at that time was largely unstructured.
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It forms the principal area as Isle of Anglesey and historic county of that name, which includes Holy Island to the west and some islets and skerries. The largest town is Holyhead on Holy Island, whose port handles over 2 million passengers a year to and from Ireland. From to Anglesey formed part of Gwynedd. There are numerous megalithic monuments and menhirs on Anglesey, testifying to the presence of humans in prehistory. Plas Newydd is near one of 28 cromlechs that remain on uplands overlooking the sea.
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Although called a tram , in many ways it more closely resembled a conventional railway line, and paved the way for the passing of the Light Railways Act The Great Eastern Railway GER promoted the idea of a tramway between Wisbech and Upwell, and permission to construct the line was obtained by W L Ollard in , but he failed to raise the finance to build it. As well as carrying passengers, it was always intended as a freight line as well, and to this end it was built to standard gauge, with bull-head rails, rather than the tramway rails favoured by many British tramways. This allowed standard goods wagons to run along it, without the need to tranship goods into wagons suitable for operating on tramway rails.