Whole body donations

Donating your body to our medical school is a valuable gift - your donation will become an important resource for training healthcare professionals.

The Medical School entrance

The University of Sheffield is one of a number of establishments which accept whole body donations after death. The majority of donors we accept are from the local area. Our catchment area covers postcodes starting ‘S’ and ‘DN1-13’.

A donated body can be used for a number of purposes, which may include:

  • Anatomical examination – teaching students or healthcare professionals about the structure and function of the human body.
  • Education and training – training healthcare professionals on surgical techniques. 

The anatomy teaching facility is known as the Medical Teaching Unit. It has two large laboratories where undergraduates and postgraduates studying subjects including medicine, dentistry, biomedical sciences and bioengineering study human anatomy.

There are many individual motivations for donation as there are individual donors, but a recurrent theme is a desire to make a contribution to the advancement of medicine and associated professions, and to be 'useful' after death. Body donation is often a family tradition, with spouses or multiple generations having donated. 


Find out more

Wendy Howard
University Bequeathal Officer
Call: +44 (0) 114 222 4642
Email: w.howard@sheffield.ac.uk

Isabelle Heyerdahl-King
University Medical Teaching Unit Manager
Call: +44 (0) 114 222 4631
Email: i.heyerdahl-king@sheffield.ac.uk

Medical Teaching Unit
c/o Department of Biomedical Science
University of Sheffield
Sheffield
S10 2TN

Human Tissue Authority