Recognising our donors

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Donations are vital to the University. They create transformative opportunities for gifted students, enhance scholarly research, and allow our student community to thrive. We are truly grateful to each and every person who chooses to donate to the University, and we like to recognise those who do.

By making a donation to the University, you will receive a copy of our donor magazine, Your Gift, each spring. ‘Your Gift’ updates donors on how their gift impacts upon the life and work of academics, students and the wider community. Every donor who wishes to be is also thanked in our Honour Roll, included with the magazine.

We are also pleased to welcome donors into one of our Gift Clubs, which enable us to say an extra special thank you to our supporters who have shown particular commitment in their giving.

Silver Arrows

If you choose to give regularly on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis we welcome you to the Silver Arrows with our Silver Arrows lapel badge. The silver arrows are taken from the city and University crests, and are a reference to the city’s metal-working heritage, both in the manufacture of armour-piercing iron arrowheads in the Middle-Ages as well as the local silver industry.

Firth Circle

Donors making a gift of £1,200 and above in a single year are welcomed into the Firth Circle, created in honour of steel magnate, philanthropist and one of the University’s founding fathers, Mark Firth. Members of the Firth Circle are included on our Benefactors’ Board within the Information Commons or the second board, soon to be installed within the Diamond.

Vice-Chancellor’s and Chancellor’s Lists

The Vice-Chancellor’s List and the Chancellor’s List have been created to recognise generous gifts of £25,000 or more and £100,000 or more respectively, which play a vital part in realising the transformative power of higher education at the University through scholarships for specific research or facility projects.

Roll of Benefactors

The University is honoured to admit its most significant and transformative donors into the Roll of Benefactors, the University of Sheffield’s highest honour for philanthropy. Roll of Benefactors members’ names are inscribed on the exclusive Honour Board at the entrance to the main University building, Firth Court, and members are admitted into the circle through a special ceremony with the Vice-Chancellor.

Heritage Circle

The generosity and foresight of supporters who plan a future gift to the University in their will is celebrated through the Heritage Circle. By joining the Heritage Circle, you ensure a more prosperous and confident future for the University.