We've collated common questions below, but if these don't answer yours then please get in touch with our Alumni Giving Manager, Rebekah Spencer by calling +44 (0)115 95 13997 or emailing

We also have a range of useful documents to help you:



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 kinds of gifts can I leave in my will? 

There are two main ways to leave a gift to Nottingham in your will.

You can leave a specific cash amount, for example £1,000, which is known as a pecuniary gift. Or you can leave a proportion of your estate, such as 10%, which is known as a residuary gift.

You can also leave specific items, such as shares, or property, but would suggest in this case you seek legal advice first.


Are there any tax benefits to leaving a legacy to The University of Nottingham?

Yes. As an exempt charity, any gift to the university left in your will is exempt from tax. Additionally, if you were to leave more than 10% of your net estate to charities, including the University of Nottingham, you can reduce your overall inheritance tax bill from 40% to 36%. This could substantially reduce the overall bill, and ensure more money goes to good causes, and less to the tax man.


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 become a Guiding Light. You’ll be listed as a Guiding Light on our donor roll of honour, receive invitations to events that have been specially curated for you and receive communications on how legacy giving is making a crucial difference at Nottingham. If you would prefer not to be listed as a Guiding Light 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 Rebekah Spencer by calling +44 (0)115 95 13664 or emailing


Can I leave a gift in my will in memory of a loved one?

Yes, you can definitely leave a gift in your will in memory of a loved one, or of yourself! It can be a really special way of commemorating a life.

If you’re interested in doing this, please contact Rebekah Spencer by calling +44 (0)115 95 13664 or emailing

What if I already have a will, can I change it to include the University of Nottingham?

You can change an existing will with a document called a codicil. We would suggest that you contact the solicitor that drew up your original will to request the amendment.

Alternatively, you are always able to draw up a new will as circumstances change. You could do that through a known legal expert. There is also the option to write your will for free with our partners Octopus Legacy - find out more here.
What information do I need to leave a gift in my will to the University?

To include a gift to the university in your will, all you need is the amount you wish to give, our name and address, and our exempt charity reference number. All of this is below:

Name: The University of Nottingham

Exempt Charity Reference: X15294

Address: University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD


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 Officer
Campaign and Alumni Relations Office,
Ground Floor, Pope Building,
The University of Nottingham,
University Park,

If you have any questions relating to will payments, please email