Thank you

Thank you to everyone that has given their time so generously to support current students and the University; your advice, experience and support is incredibly appreciated by all of us at The University of Sheffield.

Volunteer Thank You Event

Each year we hold a celebration event to recognise alumni that have given their time to support the students the previous academic year.

Alumni are able to network with students and staff that have benefited from their support during a drinks reception, enjoy a campus tour, and even find out about upcoming opportunities to stay involved. During the event, the Alumni Volunteer Awards are announced, recognising alumni that have gone above and beyond in their support.

The Mentor and Mentee of the Year Award, recognising alumni and students participating in the Careers Service eMentoring Programme, are also announced at the event.

This year's event was hosted by Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Shearer West on Thursday 6 October 2016. Click here to read more about our 2016 Thank You event.

Alumni Volunteering Thank you event 2015

Alumni Volunteering Thank you event 2015

Alumni Volunteering Thank you event 2015

Alumni Volunteer Awards

The Alumni Volunteer Awards are presented at the annual Thank You Event, and serve to recognise and thank outstanding volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their support.

Alumni volunteers are nominated by staff, students, and other alumni and shortlisted by a panel made up of alumni, student and university representatives.

The 2016 Alumni Award winners were announced at our Volunteers Thank You Event. You can read about the 2016 Volunteering Award Winners here.

The Alumni Volunteer Award categories are:

  • Pioneering Alumni Award 
  • Alumni Leadership Award
  • Sheffield Alumni Volunteer Project of the Year Award
  • Sheffield Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award

Nominations for 2016/17 will open in early summer 2017.

Click here to read about the 2016 Volunteering Award Winners.

Click here to read about the 2015 Volunteering Award Winners.

Pioneering Alumni Award – David Naylor-James

Alumni Volunteer Project of the Year Award – eMentoring Programme

Volunteer of the Year Award – Roy Jeans


Award Categories

Pioneering Alumni Award

We are very grateful to alumni who have graduated from the University recently and come back to support current students, taking time off to volunteer early on in their careers. Recent graduate volunteers have a great impact as current or prospective students can really relate to them and ask about the current job market and securing their first role.

This award will be for a recent graduate (graduated from 2012 onwards) who:

  • Has gone above and beyond their designated role as a volunteer, showing outstanding commitment and enthusiasm.
  • Has had a significant impact (e.g. on students, an activity/project, department or faculty).
  • Has brought in specialist knowledge as a recent graduate to meet individual needs of beneficiaries and/or contribute to the University’s mission, aims or objectives (e.g. student employability).

Alumni Leadership Award

This award is for alumni volunteers that show exceptional leadership skills in their involvement with the University, often juggling personal, professional and voluntary commitments.

This award will be for an alumnus who:

  • Has gone above and beyond their designated role as a volunteer, showing outstanding commitment and enthusiasm.
  • Has had a significant and high-level impact (e.g. acting as an ambassador to promote the institution, sharing networks, opening doors or initiating new activity to support the University) .
  • Has directly contributed to the University’s mission through demonstrable support of individual needs and/or contribute to the University’s mission, aims or objectives (e.g. governance).

Sheffield Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award

This award will be for an alumnus who has demonstrated commitment, enthusiasm, inspired others and gone above and beyond the expected role of a volunteer.

This award will be for an alumnus who:

  • Has gone above and beyond their designated role as a volunteer, showing outstanding commitment and enthusiasm.
  • Has had a significant impact (e.g. on students, an activity/project, department or faculty).
  • Has been instrumental in meeting individual needs of beneficiaries and/or contributing to the University’s mission, aims or objectives.

Alumni Volunteer Project of the Year Award

This award recognises a project, the organisers and alumni volunteers, that have delivered an outstanding project, activity or event. Utilising alumni as an integral element of the project, the award will recognise a shared vision and enthusiasm by all participants in order to meet their objectives.

This award will be for a project that:

  • Has been highly innovative and/or collaborative.
  • Has had a substantial impact on its beneficiaries through exceptional delivery.
  • Has met the individual needs of beneficiaries and/or contributed to the University’s mission, aims or objectives.

Nomination information

  • The nomination form will be available in early summer.
  • You can nominate alumni for more than one category.
  • You can nominate your own project.
  • The nominations must be relating to activity that has predominantly taken place during August 2016-July 2017.
  • Supporting documents, such as photos, can be sent to h.c.bellamy@sheffield.ac.uk
  • If you require any information to support your nomination (degree details, other activities the alumnus has supported with, feedback or impact collected after the activity) please contact e.j.packham@sheffield.ac.uk who may be able to provide further information on your nominee.
  • Nominations will be shortlisted and then be reviewed by a panel.
  • We will let nominees know they have been put forward for an award and entered into the Steel Circle.
  • The winners will be announced at the Alumni Volunteers Thank You Event in October 2017. 
Alumni Volunteer Conference

Read all about our first Alumni Volunteers Conference

This year we launched a brand new conference for our alumni volunteers, held on Thursday 6 October 2016.

The day conference provided volunteers with the knowledge and skills to help them to be even more effective when supporting students and the University in their volunteering roles. It was an opportunity to learn more about the priorities of the University, contribute to their personal development and is also a chance for us to show the impact alumni are having.

What did it involve?

Through a variety of talks, presentations, panels and workshops, delegates had the opportunity to hear from University leadership about the progress of the University, consider key issues for today's students, such as student employability and widening participation, learn more about the campus and history of the University, and develop their skills in mentoring & coaching, presenting for impact, and effective board membership. 

The streamed element of the conference allowed delegates to pick sessions that best met their interests and needs. The conference was an opportunity to meet other volunteers and staff, before joining even more alumni volunteers at the 2016 Alumni Volunteering Thank You Event and Awards in the evening.

Alumni at the Global Engineering Challenge

Alumni supporting students at ThinkCreate 2016

Networking at our City Connections event

The Steel Circle

The Steel CircleThe University of Sheffield's foundations were built on penny donations from the people of the city, building on this spirit and our deep-rooted heritage in the steel industry, the Steel Circle celebrates the unwavering support from the Sheffield alumni community. Alumni give the gift of time to forge strong connections with our students and help establish a solid platform for success.

In recognition of their outstanding contribution to the University in 2015/16 we are proud to announce that the following alumni volunteers are members of the Steel Circle:


Oluwole Afolayan
Mark Appleby
Deborah Baker
Ilan Bass
Heather Bellamy
Sue Bird
Louise Bloomfield
David Clark
Sarah Colley
Jennifer Coppock
Christopher Cuninghame
Heather Davies
Sofia Derossi

Everard Edwards
Susan Fearn
Claire Gaffney
David Gray
Katy Greatbatch
Elias Haddouche
Elizabeth Jarrett
Ciaran Jones
Madhu Kavilikatta
Nick Kennard
Kathryn Lynne
Gorakh Mal
Simon Marchant

Ross Marshall
Claudia Mazza
Neil McLean
Daniel Newberry
Ian Pegram
Georg Peitchev
Joshua Piggott-Smith
Jordan Piper
Jerin Rajan
Catherine Rankine
Trevor Richards
Katherine Ritchie
Richard Roberts

Amy Robson
Mary Snowdon
Andrew Stewart
Vanessa Swift
Cassandra Terry
Natalie Tomlinson
Jane Turner
Sarah Wheater
Paul Wood
Meng Yu

For more information about volunteering at the University of Sheffield, please take a look at our Current Opportunities Web page.