Major legacy funds new scholarships

john roachA very generous legacy from former colleague Professor John Roach will fund life-changing scholarships for many years to come.

Professor Roach, who died in July 2015 aged 95, has bequeathed over £800,000 to help us broaden access to higher education.

The Roach Scholarships will provide support to undergraduate and postgraduate students across all subject areas.

Miles Stevenson, Director of Advancement, said: “The generosity of our staff, friends and alumni is instrumental to our most important work. John Roach was a remarkable man who was widely admired and respected. We are deeply honoured that he has left such a large legacy. His generosity will transform the lives of many of our students; legacy gifts leave a lasting impact on our entire community, allowing us to pursue our priorities of world-leading research and excellent student experience.

“Our donors have countless stories about their time spent working and studying here in Sheffield, and their philanthropy ensures these opportunities are available for generations to come.”

Professor Roach began his 20 year career here in 1965, when he was appointed as Director of Education. He brought with him a wealth of experience from his time at the University of Cambridge. Many people were not aware that he had been a Prisoner of War on the infamous Burma-Siam railway.

An active member of our community, Professor Roach stayed involved in University life following his retirement, playing a key role in the University’s Centenary history book Steel City Scholars. His legacy reflects the deep commitment he showed to students throughout his time in Sheffield.

Groundbreaking research, accessible education

Over the last 15 years, our colleagues, friends and alumni have generously supported our University’s future with legacy gifts totalling more than £10 million.

Legacy donations are crucial to some of the most important aspects of University life, from supporting innovative learning and teaching projects to alleviating student hardship. Gifts can be left to benefit a department or cause, or to be used in areas of greatest need. The groundbreaking research and accessible education made possible by these legacies have the real potential to change lives for the better.

Members of staff who choose to remember the University in their wills are invited to join the Heritage Circle in recognition of their special commitment. Among a number of benefits, the Circle receives priority invitations to selected events including the annual Heritage Circle Lunch. Major legacy gifts are also honoured on the benefactors’ board, on the wall of the porch in Firth Court.

Generous alumni and staff have this year also donated over £500,000 to fund 150 new scholarships for disadvantaged students. Beneficiaries will each receive regular awards totalling £3,600, beginning when they join our University in September 2017. Collected by our Annual Fund, the donations have come from supporters across the world who wish to help future students participate fully in university life.

Legacy Giving

If you would like more information about leaving a legacy to the University, please contact Dave Meadows, our Legacies Development Officer on X-21073 or by email:

Regular giving programme

This programme gives alumni, staff and friends of the University the opportunity to support Sheffield students. To date, the programme has received over 20,000 donations, with many donors choosing to give by direct debit on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.

All donations go directly to the cause – providing scholarships to low-income students, awarding departmental grants to learning and teaching projects, and funding student-led projects within clubs and societies.

Regular giving programme (requires University login)