Legacy giving

Since Henry Robinson Hartley made a bequest in 1852 and founded the original Hartley Institution, a tradition of patronage has shaped the University and has enabled it to become a leading teaching and research institution with a global reputation for cutting edge-research and teaching.

Legacies have supported the development of new buildings; the expansion of library facilities; the funding of numerous teaching and research posts; as well as providing important student support via bursaries and scholarships. The University is benefiting today from the generous pledges made years ago by alumni and supporters.

The University is very grateful for the legacies it receives, especially since we appreciate that the decision to include a bequest to Southampton is very considered and personally significant. In most cases, it allows individuals to make a contribution at a level that accurately reflects their fondness for the University which they perhaps are unable to do during their lifetime.

The University of Southampton is an ‘Exempt Charity’, meaning that all legacy gifts can be made tax-effectively. The University pays no tax on donations made in your lifetime or after your death. Leaving a legacy to Southampton can also reduce any tax payable by your estate.

Every legacy gift makes a real difference to students and academics at the University. When you make your legacy to the University, you can be secure in the knowledge that you gift will be used in full accordance of your wishes.

We will be happy to talk to you about any ideas you have, or any areas of the University that are of particular interest to you, in order to ensure that we can best meet your wishes in the future.

It is very useful to the University to have any information on legacy pledges so please do get in touch if you intend to include the University in your Will. You can contact a member of the Office of Development & Alumni Relations on either +44 (0)23 8059 7156 or supportus@southampton.ac.uk

Related pages:

How to make a gift, How to leave a legacy to Southampton, Tell us about your legacy, Specifying where your legacy will go,

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