17 November 2003

English Literature textbooks in memory of Tom Butcher

Photo: Mr and Mrs Tom Butcher

All first-year students of English Literature will benefit from easier access to core texts, thanks to a gift of £5,000 made in memory of 1949 graduate Tom Butcher.

Mr Butcher expressed a wish to support the University of Sheffield in his Will. To honour this intention, his family have generously given £5,000 to the University in memory of their father.

With the agreement of Tom's son, Andrew Butcher, the English department will use a large proportion of this gift to provide additional copies of core textbooks for the first year of the course, including texts for a special course on English and Amercan poetry. Each book will carry a bookplate paying tribute to Tom Butcher's commitment to the University and its students.

"Sheffield University changed my father's life and he was so grateful for all he learnt there" said Andrew.