Leave a gift in your will

A gift for the future

The University of Plymouth has long been a place of learning and research. The lives of over 100,000 students have been enriched since our founding in 1862. The effects of our world-class research stretch far beyond the shores of the south west, with our medical and engineering innovations driving advances globally.

A lot may have changed in the world since 1862, or since the days you studied here. But the University maintains the same commitment to education, and to enriching peoples’ lives.

The funding landscape has certainly changed. And now, by making a gift in your will, you can have a transformative effect on the University and generations of students.

Whatever you want your legacy to achieve at Plymouth, from supporting our medical research to alleviating student hardship, your gift will continue to make the difference.

Some things may change over time, but by leaving a gift in your will you can ensure that talent and ambition may always thrive.


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Leaving a legacy

We are grateful that you are considering leaving a legacy to the University of Plymouth. For many people, a gift in your will is a way to make a significant and lasting contribution. It may cost nothing in your lifetime, yet provide much satisfaction and peace of mind.

As the University of Plymouth is a registered charity, a legacy will normally reduce the tax payable on your estate. In the legacy information pack, there are suggested wordings for a gift in your will to the University of Plymouth.

We always recommend that you seek advice from a solicitor to make or amend a will.

1862 Society

Everyone who makes a pledge in their will is invited to join the 1862 Society.

We would like to recognise and thank everyone who chooses to remember the University by pledging a legacy. We recognise that leaving a gift in your will is a personal decision, but if you choose to inform us of your intentions you will be invited to join the 1862 Society, named after the founding year for the University.

As a member of our 1862 Society, you are a friend of the University. As such we will send you updates from the University as well as inviting you to special events.

Our history

1862 was the founding year for the University as a School of Navigation. Across the centuries since, our journey has seen expansion into new faculties and facilities, with the influence of our students, alumni and research impacting across the world.

Leaving a legacy is an enduring gift which continues your connection to the University.

Whatever your reason for wanting to support the University of Plymouth, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Original Compass and case from Plymouth School of Navigation

Original compass and case from Plymouth School of Navigation

Frequently asked questions

How do I leave a legacy gift to the University?

Writing a will often isn’t particularly expensive but it is essential to make sure your estate is taken care of and goes to help the friends, family and causes that you care most about. In every case we recommend that you consult a solicitor when making or updating your will to ensure it is in line with current legislation.

Our legacy giving pack provides more information about how to leave a donation in your will. If you’d like us to send one in the post, please let us know. 

The pack contains suggested wording and the relevant forms to send to us and your solicitor (or whoever holds your Will).

If you are considering leaving a legacy, or would like to discuss the difference you want to make in more detail, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Can I choose what my gift supports?

Yes, of course. Your gift will be directed according to your wishes. By giving an unrestricted legacy, you are maximising our opportunity to put your donation to immediate use, to benefit those who need your support the most.

However, we understand that you may wish to direct your legacy gift to an area that is important to you. Such as our medical research, arts programmes, or student support. Please get in touch with us to discuss the legacy you want your gift to leave.

What are the benefits of becoming an 1862 Society member?

For many people, a gift in your will is a good way to make a significant and lasting contribution. It may cost nothing in your lifetime, yet provide much satisfaction and peace of mind. Donating to the University in your will can also help to reduce inheritance tax liability to the beneficiaries of your will.

As a member of our 1862 Society, you are a friend of the University. As such we will send you updates on the University as well as inviting you to special events. If you would like your gift commemorated in a particular way,please get in touch to discuss this with us.

Can you offer legal or financial advice?

The downloadable legacy pack contains information on how to make a gift in your Will, however, we always recommend you seek advice from a solicitor.

Is the University a registered charity?

The University of Plymouth is an independent Higher Education Corporation established under the terms of the Education Reform Act 1988. We are also an exempt charity under the terms of the Charities Act 2011. The Office for Students (OfS) acts as the principal regulator for universities that are exempt charities.

The exempt charity number is XN80875.

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