The Gift

of Education

Chancellor, Dame Anne Rafferty, with Professor Roach’s godchildren at the ceremony to posthumously admit him into the University’s Roll of Benefactors.

John Roach

Professor John Roach

John Roach (1920–2015), an eminent and much-loved Professor of Education, left over £750,000 to the University in his Will. His gift will be used to support students through The Roach Scholarships, named in his honour. They are expected to benefit over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate students over the next 20 years.

Professor Roach was himself the recipient of a scholarship to attend university in 1938. His studies were however disrupted by World War II. He spent three years as a prisoner of war on the infamous Burma-Siam death railway. In 1965, after 16 years teaching at Cambridge, he was appointed Director of the Institute of Education and Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield.

My gratitude is immeasurable. As a working-class lad from Lancashire, having the chance to study at an institution such as this is something my parents and grandparents could only have imagined in their wildest dreams.”
Liam Hulmes, recipient of a postgraduate Roach Scholarship


Create a legacy of your own

To talk through your ideas in confidence or to request a copy of our Legacy brochure, please contact: David Meadows, Development Officer for Legacies, Development, Alumni Relations & Events, The University of Sheffield, 40 Victoria Street, Sheffield, S10 2TN,

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 1073,


The University of Sheffield is an exempt charity X1089

A very generous legacy.

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