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 celebratory 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.

Our recent Thank You Evening was held on 29 March 2019. The event was hosted by Professor Mike Hounslow, who welcomed over 100 alumni and friends of the University to thank them for their generosity over the past year, either by volunteering or through philanthropic support. Current students, Joseph Kealy, BSc Economics (left), and Salma Ghafoor, MBChB (middle), each gave a speech about their student experiences, and the University of Sheffield Saxophone Group (right), who had been awarded a grant by the Alumni Foundation, performed on the evening. To read about our 2018 Thank You event, click here.




Alumni Volunteer Award

The Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award is presented at the annual Thank You Evening. Nominations 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 2019 shortlisted alumni were nominated for their support of volunteering activity that predominately took place during the 2017-18 academic year.

The 2019 Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award winner was Susan Belcher, Business Studies, 1985 alumna. Susan was nominated for her consistent support of City Connections events and for her contribution as a member of the Alumni Board. The 2019 shortlist included: 

  • Andy Marsh, Business Studies, 1991
  • Guilherme GuimarĂ£es, MSc Sports & Recreation Management, 2009
  • Peter Shonfield
  • David Naylor-James, BEng Chemical Engineering, 2010

Click here to read about the 2018 Volunteering Award Winners.

Click here to read about the 2016 Volunteering Award Winners.

Click here to read about the 2015 Volunteering Award Winners.

Nomination information

  • The nomination form is available here.
  • The nominations must be relating to activity that has predominantly taken place during the 2018-19 academic year.
  • Supporting documents, such as photos, can be sent to
  • 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 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 next Alumni Volunteers Thank You Evening

The deadline for nominations for the 2020 award will be published soon.

Nomination form

Our next Thank You Evening will be held in March 2020 - the date will be announced soon!

Alumni Volunteer Conference

Read all about our first Alumni Volunteers Conference

In October 2016 we held a conference for our alumni volunteers.

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 2017/18 we are proud to announce that the following alumni volunteers are members of the Steel Circle:

2018/19 Steel Circle Members (for volunteering activities over the 2017/18 academic year):

Susan Belcher, BA Hons Business Studies, 1985, Alumni Board, City Connections
Susan J Bird, BA French, 1982, eMentor
Peter G Bryans, MEng Mechanical Engineering, 1999, eMentor
Christopher Cuninghame, BA English Literature, 1979, PGCE, 1980, eMentor, City Connections
James K C Dash, MPhys Physics & Astrophysics, 2012, eMentor
Pulasta Dhar, MA Broadcast Journalism, 2012, eMentor
Robyn Friesner, BA Landscape Architecture with Planning, 2011, MLA Landscape Architecture, 2013, eMentor

Peter C Hubbard, PhD Animal & Plant Biology, 1994, eMentor
Jack P Hunnaball, BA Politics, 2017, eMentor
David M Fryer, LLB Law, 1983, eMentor
Flora Rong Hu, MA Architectural Design, 2015, eMentor
Rasshad Khan, MA International Studies, 2011, Pioneering Alumni Award nominee
Vishal Krishnan, MSc Structural Engineering, 2010, eMentor
Lucy J Lovell, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, 2012, eMentor
Richard Mayson, BA Geography, 1983, Alumni Board Chair, Big Walk
Kerry I Noble, BSc Genetics, 1998, eMentor

Stephanie Nuttall, BA English Language & Literature, 2001, eMentor
Lee Parks, DipLSc Landscape Architecture, 1998, BSc Landscape Design & Plant Science, 1996, eMentor
Jack Raven, MChem Chemistry, 2013, eMentor
Nitin Ramachandran, MSc Software Systems & Internet Technology, 2012, eMentor
Barry Reeves, BSc Psychology, 1972, eMentor
Trevor Richards, BSc Chemistry, 1977, PhD Chemistry, 1983, Alumni Board, Director of TUoS in America, Austin Alumni Mixer host, Big Walk
Katherine L Ritchie, BA Economics & Geography, 2011, eMentor

Thatchanamurthi Selvarajan, MEng Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry, 2016, eMentor
Mark J Stein, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, 2008, eMentor
Andrew G Stuart, BSc Computer Science, 2000, eMentor
Emmanuel Varouhas, MSc Information Management, 1993, eMentor
Chris Welch, MSc Psychotherapy, 2013, eMentor
Andrew Williams, BEng Hons Metal Science & Engineering, 1989, Alumni Leadership Award winner
Mary Wright, BSc Psychology, 2005, eMentor

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