Recognising our donors

Our Tradition of Giving

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 year. Your Gift will give you in an insight into just some of the ways in which your donation has impacted the life and work of academics, students and the wider University community. Every donor who wishes to be is 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, taken from the City of Sheffield and University crests.

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 in our state-of-the-art Diamond building.

President & Vice-Chancellor’s and Chancellor’s Lists

The President & Vice-Chancellor’s List and the Chancellor’s List recognise generous gifts of £25,000 or more and £100,000 or more respectively. This incredible generosity plays a vital part in realising the transformative power of higher education at the University through scholarships, for research or to enhance and improve the campus and its facilities.

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 President & 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.