The Alumni Fund celebrates it’s 11,000th gift

We are pleased to report that the Alumni Fund has now received its 11,000th donation since it was founded in 2003.

The Fund strives to ensure that all students have access to a first-class education regardless of their financial background, whilst maintaining and improving facilities at the University for current and future generations.

Since the launch of the Alumni Fund in 2003, the generosity of alumni, parents, students, friends, and current and former staff has resulted in almost £2 million being raised. As a result, over 600 individual students have received scholarships; thousands more now have access to enhanced study and teaching facilities; and still more have benefited from grants to their clubs, societies and volunteering activities.

Helen Tordoff (nee Sleight),BA 1993 and Family

“I was thrilled to learn that my gift was the 11,000th donation to be received by the Alumni Fund and hope that donations to such a worthy cause continue. I registered at Sheffield University as a History student in 1990 and went on to do a PGCE. I look back on my time at Sheffield University with great affection because of the wonderful opportunities afforded for my personal development, both academic and social.

I remember in particular being a “Media Runner” when the World Student Games came to Sheffield; singing Vaughan William’s “Sea Symphony” and Mozart’s “Requiem” with the UniversityChoir. I am still in close contact with some of the friends I met on my very first day at Sheffield-even though they are Scientists!

Having benefited greatly from all aspects of University life at Sheffield, I am eager that both present and future students should have access to the University’s excellent courses and facilities and therefore I am happy to continue supporting the Alumni Fund.”

Helen Tordoff (nee Sleight), BA 1993

All gifts to the Alumni Fund really do make a difference – a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the Alumni Fund over the last 8 years. This support has enabled the Alumni Fund Team to continue our commitment to the values rooted in the University’s founding principles - a contributing factor in the University of Sheffield recently being named as UK University of the Year in the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards.

For more details on the Fund or how you can support the University, please visit our webpage at, or contact Ben Wilson, Annual Giving Manager, on (0114) 222 5594 or by email at