Gifts in Wills

Since the earliest days of the University, gifts left in Wills have had a transformative effect on University life. By choosing to remember us in your Will, you weave your name into fabric of the University and become part of the Nottingham story for generations to come. 

Remembering Nottingham 


The University of Nottingham holds a special place in the hearts of many. There are many ways in which your gift can make a real and lasting 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 

Discovery is in our DNA. There are pressing issues facing societies around the world that cannot be ignored. Our researchers are focused on finding solutions to the global challenges of today - and tomorrow. Your gift could help to find the answers. 

Our beautiful campuses 

Our grounds are among the most beautiful in the UK and a central part of the Nottingham experience. Your gift could help to preserve, safeguard and develop these stunning natural environments for future generations. 

How to leave a gift in your Will


If you would like to leave a gift to support our work, please complete a legacy pledge form (PDF) to share your intentions with us. This isn't a legally binding document but it means we can thank you for your pledge during your lifetime.  

How to leave a gift in your Will

We've produced some suggested wording (PDF) for your Will or Codicil to help you. We ask that you include our our Exempt Charity reference and address, as this 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, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD 

Adding a gift to an existing Will 

If you already have a Will, you can still make a gift to the University by adding a Codicil form (PDF). Here is 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


The gift of education 

Though successful businessman Kevin Malone missed out on experiencing University personally, his generosity throughout his lifetime and subsequent gift in his Will, have given hundreds of talented students like Charlotte (Sociology, 2006), the chance to study and excel. 

"I needed to pay my way through my studies, so I lived at home and held down three jobs", explains Charlotte. "My Kevin Malone scholarship was a huge help - I'm dyslexic so being able to afford photocopying helped me to retain information. It also meant I didn't have to work as many hours during exams, which made life more manageable.

"Today, I'm Sales Director of Boardwalks, an educational publisher in the USA. If it wasn't for people like Kevin, those willing to share the fruits of their success with others, then University would have been a very different experience for me. The fact that the Ethel and Kevin B Malone scholarship will continue to help young people for years to come, all thanks to a legacy gift, is a truly wonderful and inspirational thing."  


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 fill in our online enquiry form to receive a copy by post.

Download our new legacy brochure

A gift in your Will to the University is a way of leaving your own special mark on its future, one that will make an impact on generations to come.

If you'd like any further information or support, please contact Andrew Wright by calling +44 (0)115 95 13664 or emailing

Useful documents 

Complete a Legacy pledge form to share your intentions with us if you plan to leave a legacy to the University of Nottingham. 

Use our Codicil form to add a gift to the University of Nottingham to an existing Will. 

Suggested wording for your Will or Codicil - 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 Andrew Wright by calling +44 (0)115 95 13664 or emailing


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 Andrew Wright by calling +44 (0)115 95 13664 or emailing


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,
University Park,

If you have any questions relating to Will payments, please contact Andrew Wright by calling +44 (0)115 95 13664 or emailing