23 May 2005

New University history launched

Steel City Scholars

On Friday 6 May the new University Centenary History, Steel City Scholars, was launched at a special reception in Firth Hall.

More than 250 invited guests gathered to hear the story of how Steel City Scholars was put together. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Boucher, praised this new account of the University's first 100 years, produced to the highest standards of scholarship and readability. Unlike previous histories, Steel City Scholars is based on many personal accounts and memories of hundreds of staff and former students.

Amongst the guests at the launch was one of the University's most well-known graduates, the Rt Hon David Blunkett. He took time out from his busy post-general election schedule to share with the audience some of his own memories of his time as a student at Sheffield, before leaving for Westminster, where he was later announced as the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

To order a copy of Steel City Scholars, please download the form as indicated on the right.

Helen Mathers and David Blunkett at the book launch