The University of Sheffield contributes toward a record £1 billion in UK university donations

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Philanthropic donations to UK universities have reached record levels surpassing the £1 billion-a-year milestone for the first time in 2015-16.

The University has seen a 26% increase in philanthropic income against a 23% national average from the 110 universities participating in the annual Ross-CASE survey on higher education giving in the UK. The total donated to The University of Sheffield was over £9,500,000 for 2015/16 (over £1.3m more than in 2014/15).

The philanthropic support of our global family of alumni, friends and other supporters including numerous charitable trusts and foundations has a transformational impact. Here are just some of the results of your generosity:

  • £540,000 has allowed us to award over 150 undergraduate scholarships giving these students the gift of a first-class education
  • £180,000 has enabled us to award 36 postgraduate scholarships, allowing talented graduates to continue their education
  • £160,000 has been awarded to University departments, allowing them to improve learning and teaching facilities and fund a range of innovative projects across the campus.
  • A record 70 grants were awarded to student clubs and societies, helping these groups to grow and boost the extra-curricular activities of Sheffield students.

Miles Stevenson, Director of Advancement at The University of Sheffield said,

“We are continuously amazed and awed by the generosity of our supporters, both individuals and organisations. Simply put, without your continued support the University of Sheffield would not be able to help as many students as we do to reach the heights we know they are all capable of, and to experience university life to its fullest.”

Trends in philanthropic support for UK higher education

The report was compiled by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Europe. Tricia King, Global Vice President (CASE) said,

“philanthropic giving is now at the heart of UK university culture. It provides vital funds to enable the nation’s universities to invest in new ground breaking research that pushes back the boundaries of knowledge, improves social mobility by widening access to degree study and builds world class facilities.

“University fundraising is dependent upon building long term relationships with donors and their investment over time demonstrates a powerful belief in the capacity of universities to tackle world problems. It’s particularly pleasing to see that our alumni make such a major contribution. It’s clear that they, more than anyone, have experienced the benefits of university study and its gratifying that they want to give back.”

For more information about the impact of philanthropic gifts given to The University, please read the latest issue of Your Gift, our annual donor magazine.

If you would like to make a single or regular gift to the University please visit our Donations web pages.

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