Enhancing the student experience

There is more to life at Sheffield than just academia, and those who have spent time here can attest to the quality of the clubs and societies run by our students. Being a part of a club or society can be hugely beneficial, enabling students to build life-long friendships, and discover and develop new passions. They also offer students the opportunity to gain vital skills and experience– whether it be leading training sessions for new members, learning finance as a club treasurer, or getting an introduction to publicity as a marketing officer, all of which go hand in hand with the skills our students are building through their university work.

That’s why your donations to clubs and societies are so important. 

Wilderness Medical Society


The Wilderness Medical Society takes students based in medical courses, and trains them to use their skills in the outdoors. This includes expedition, polar and environmental medicine, as well as rural general practice and mountain rescue.

Donations allowed the Society to host and plan the national competition to assess clubs from across the country, the first university to host the contest twice.

As well as forming friends and contacts with other medical schools, the group was also able to strengthen their links with the Edale Mountain Rescue Team, something of mutual benefit to the club members and the outdoor community around Sheffield.

Gymnastics Club


Alumni support allowed the Gymnastics Club to affiliate themselves with British Gymnastics, and certify another of their members as a coach to support the training of other members.

This extra coach has allowed the club to increase the amount of training they give to its members in the sessions, as well as developed their leadership and technical coaching skills.

The Club was also able to start addressing the severe lack of adult gymnastics in Sheffield, opening its door to non-students and connecting the club with the local community, while providing qualified coaching to people interested in the support who would otherwise have dropped out.

Cricket Club


A grant of £200 enabled the Cricket Club to purchase a new set of pads and helmets, allowing the club to expand and welcome new players, letting them try and play the sport with the necessary protective kit.

At the start of term when a number of new players are trying out the extra kit gives more students the chance to give the sport a go and see whether it is for them.

The extra kit is also particularly helpful for international students who may already be players, but are unable to bring the bulky gear with them when they come to Sheffield. This club kit allows them to continue with a sport they are passionate in, while also integrating more closely with the Sheffield community.

Your donations also provide grants to Departments, allowing them to implement projects which will benefit students, enhancing their academic studies through practical, hands-on projects which enabled them to put their newly-learned skills into practice, or actively contributing to research taking place at the University.

Landscape Architecture climate change garden at RHS Chatsworth

Landscape at Chatsworth

Landscape at Chatsworth

The Department of Landscape designed a garden for the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show to illustrate key points from a recent report on the impacts of climate change on gardens and other green landscapes.

The garden is designed to illustrate how contemporary garden features and plantings will alter with a changing climate. The design deals with the need to be more flexible with respect to extremes of weather – for example coping with excess rainfall at some periods and drought at other times.

Support from alumni fund enabled the department to give more than 50 undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to help in building the garden and to communicate to the public the research and ideas that underpinned the garden’s design during the show. The build gave students practical experience working with industry, while the show required them to demonstrate and explain the research ideas to members of the public.

“This brings together a range of skills that I have learned on the course; not least putting a lot of theory about climate change and sustainability into a tangible garden that people can relate to.”

Bob Goodman, a Landscape Management Masters student

“This hands on experience cannot be taught in the studio. In particular, the students involved in the build saw first-hand the trials of turning a design into reality having to work outdoors regardless of weather, until the garden was complete.”

Dr Sally O’Halloran, Department of Landscape University Teacher

Landscape at Chatsworth

Ways to make a donation