Leave a gift in your Will
A legacy is often the most significant gift a person ever makes. Since the earliest days of the University of Nottingham, legacy gifts have been an important part in helping us become the world-leading institution we are today. By choosing to remember the University of Nottingham in your Will, you can make an impact and become part of the Nottingham story for generations to come.
Why remember Nottingham?
The University of Nottingham holds a special place in the hearts of many. Whatever your connection to Nottingham, by choosing to remember the University in your Will, you can ensure your legacy will live on.
There are many areas in which your legacy can make an impact at Nottingham. Below are some of the main areas in which legacies make a real difference.
Supporting bright young minds
Your legacy could ensure that the brightest and best students can benefit from Nottingham's first class teaching, whatever their circumstances, by providing scholarships, grants and awards for academic excellence.
Changing lives through brilliant research
We're researching some of the most pressing human concerns and global social challenges - including health issues such as cancer and dementia, global food security and sustainable energy. Your legacy could help us find the answers.
Our beautiful campuses
Our grounds are among the most beautiful in the UK and a central part of the Nottingham experience. Those who have enjoyed our campuses often feel an affinity with them, and your legacy could help to preserve and develop our environment for future generations.
Leaving a legacy
If you intend to leave a legacy to The University of Nottingham, you can complete a legacy pledge form (PDF) to share your intentions with us. This isn't a legally binding document but it means we're able to thank you for your legacy pledge during your lifetime and communicate appropriately with you in future.
How to leave a gift in your Will
We've produced some suggested wording (PDF) for your Will or Codicil to help you leave a legacy gift to the University. We also ask that within the wording, you include our Exempt Charity reference and address, which ensures that any sum left to the University is free of inheritance tax.
Our Exempt Charity reference is X15294 and the address is:
Campaign and Alumni Relations Office, Ground Floor Pope Building, The University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Adding a gift to an existing Will
If you have already made a Will, you can add a legacy to the University by adding a Codicil form (PDF) to an existing Will. Take a look at our suggested wording (PDF) to help you.
Whenever you write or update your Will, we strongly recommend that you seek professional advice from a legal advisor before completing the process.
The gift of Education
During her lifetime, BEd alumna Janet Conners was particularly interested in a project which the University’s Cascade fund helps to supports. Project Limpopo was a project where Architecture students successfully designed and built a nursery in the South African village of Calais in the Limpopo region. It was a simple, environmentally friendly design which has been transforming the lives of children in a rural part of the country for the last few years.
Janet left a generous gift in her Will to the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, to be used, in her words, 'to fund student-led design and build projects in Africa benefitting the education of the local population.'
Further information and support
For more information about leaving a legacy to the University, please take a look at our new Legacy Brochure. You can either download our new legacy brochure, or request to receive a copy by post by filling in our online enquiry form
Download our new legacy brochure
For many of us a gift in your Will to the University is a way of leaving our own special mark on its future, one that will make an impact on generations to come.
If you'd like any further information, or to discuss your legacy, please contact Simon Buttenshaw, by calling +44 (0)115 951 3664 or emailing LegacyEnquiries@nottingham.ac.uk
Legacy pledge form
Complete a legacy pledge form to share your intentions with us if you plan to leave a legacy to the University of Nottingham.
Codicil form (PDF)
Use our Codicil form to add a gift to the University of Nottingham to an existing Will.
Suggested wording for your Will or Codicil (PDF)
Use our suggested wording to help you add a gift to the University in your Will.
Frequently asked questions
Can I specify in my Will which part of the University I would like to benefit from my legacy?
Yes, we welcome donations to specific areas of the University’s work that interest you. Whether it’s scholarships for talented students or breakthroughs in MRI brain-imaging, we'll ensure that your donation makes a positive impact on the things you care about most.
What types of legacy are there?
We have summarised the different types of legacy in our suggested wording (PDF). We suggest you seek legal advice on which would be most appropriate for you.
Are there any tax benefits to leaving a legacy to The University of Nottingham?
Yes. As a result of the UK Charities Act 1993, the University of Nottingham is conferred charitable status. Although outside the jurisdiction of the Charity Commission, it is subject to the usual legal rules applicable to charities in English Law and to the general provisions of the Charities Acts.
If you leave a gift to the University in your Will, its value will be deducted from your estate (your money, possessions and property) before Inheritance Tax is worked out.
Furthermore, Inheritance Tax has been reduced from 40% to 36% for individuals who leave at least a tenth of their estate to charities such as the University of Nottingham.
For further information on the tax benefits of leaving a gift in a Will to a charity please see the HMRC website.
The University’s Exempt Charity reference is X15294. This should be included in all Will wording.
How will my legacy pledge be recognised?
If you plan to leave a gift in your Will to the University of Nottingham, we'll invite you to join the Revis Circle
. You'll be listed as a member of this Circle on our donor roll of honour, receive invitations to attend special events and receive communications on how legacy giving is making a crucial difference at Nottingham. If you would prefer not to be listed as a member of the Circle we will of course respect your wishes.
I would like my legacy to be invested in perpetuity as an endowed gift. How can I do that?
Making an endowment gift is one way of ensuring that your donation will make an impact on people's lives for many generations to come. Because your gift is invested, the capital of your gift will remain untouched, and the interest it generates will be used to continue your legacy indefinitely for the future.
Even today, a bequest made by W.H. Revis in 1924 continues to provide financial support to our postgraduate students. Your bequest can have the same lasting impact.
If you would like to discuss any specific legacy intentions relating to endowments, please contact our Legacy Development Manager by calling +44 (0)115 951 3664 or emailing LegacyEnquiries@nottingham.ac.uk
How can I make a gift in memory of a loved one?
Making a donation in memory of a loved one is a positive way of commemorating a life, while helping us to pioneer new medical breakthroughs, find sustainable solutions and nurture the talents of new generations of students.
To find out more about making a gift in memoriam please contact our Legacy Development Manager by calling +44 (0)115 951 3664 or emailing LegacyEnquiries@nottingham.ac.uk
I am an executor and there is a bequest to the University of Nottingham in the Will. How should I pay the money to you?
Please send all correspondence and cheques payable to ‘the University of Nottingham’ to:
Legacy Development Manager
Campaign and Alumni Relations Office,
Ground Floor, Pope Building,
The University of Nottingham,
If you have any questions relating to Will payments, please contact our Legacy Development Manager by calling +44 (0)115 951 3664 or emailing LegacyEnquiries@nottingham.ac.uk