Your centenary memories

We have loved hearing from our staff and students past about their memories of their times here in Sheffield over the last one hundred years. Here is a selection, and if you'd like to add yours, please get in touch at

1957 lawn tennis team

“I very much enjoyed my time in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Outside the classroom I spent most of my time (which was very scarce) in the activities of the Engineering Society and on the University Lawn Tennis team. I played for the tennis team every year, and in 1957, we were fortunate to win the U.A.U. Championship. This was achieved despite the fact that we never had any time to practice, and we only played matches every Wednesday and Saturday. The only time we made the play -offs, where 8 teams qualify, was in 1957. In the play-offs we won all our matches by a 5-4 score with each doubles pairing winning at least one match. It was an incredible performance by the whole team because every member was a major contributor to winning the championship.” 

Brian Rixham - Class of 1957

Mechanicals 1958

“I left Sheffield in 1958 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and engaged to the then Barbara Ball, secretary to Professor Boulton then Dean of the Faculty of
Engineering. I then took a Graduate Apprenticeship with Rolls Royce where I spent my whole career, retiring in 1995 as a Company Executive.

I am still married to Barbara for nearly 58 years. We have a family and keep in good health and retain fond memories of our time at St Georges Square.”

Graham Jolley - Class of 1958