Pat Rossington

Transforming lives through a gift in your will

An honorary Sheffielder, Pat Rossington (BA General 1950, DipEd 1953) has donated the largest legacy gift in the University’s recent history.

Pat moved to Sheffield from Arbroath as a child, and the contrast of our industrial city was quite a change from the fresh air and farmland of Scotland. However, Pat grew to love the steel city. After attending school and university here, she moved to London where she spent the remainder of her working life, but her heart never truly left Sheffield.

Both Pat and her late husband Peter were grateful for the excellent education that they received in Sheffield. They wanted to say thanks to the University that meant so much to them – and give others the same opportunities they had. Pat’s time in the Department of Geography inspired her to follow a career in education, rising to become a deputy head teacher, where she further saw the power of education.

The largest part of Pat’s gift has established the Rossington Scholarships to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. A proportion of her gift has also ensured that students who use the University’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Service can receive additional support.

The magnitude of Pat’s gift means that hundreds of students for years to come will benefit from her foresight and generosity and, most importantly of all, be able to achieve their potential and fulfil their ambitions.

Student working at a desk

Access valuable support

“We are extremely grateful for this generous legacy. We have used the funds for diagnostic assessments for students who are likely to be on the autism spectrum. These are available via the NHS but the waiting list is very long. For students, this can often mean that they have left university before they have been assessed. The students benefit enormously. Some of them have been struggling all their lives prior to these assessments and are then able to go on to access a variety of valuable support.”

Bryan Coleman
Head of Disability and Dyslexia

Gemma Staniforth

What it means for me

“I am a mature student with three children. My partner works full time; however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he has been on furlough multiple times. This scholarship has been so beneficial to me already. I have purchased multiple books and resources to aid my studies, which, without the scholarship, I would have struggled to budget for.”

Gemma Staniforth
Speech and Language Therapy student


Create a legacy of your own

If you are considering leaving a legacy gift to the University in your Will, David Meadows, our Philanthropy Manager, can talk through your ideas in confidence and ensure your wishes are realised.

Contact David:
+44 (0)114 222 1073

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