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Alumni and supporters

Giving a gift

Your gifts support our ambitious and bright students to achieve their very best, provide the equipment and facilities required by staff to progress our vital research and provide a sustainable future for the University that means we can achieve our ambitious strategy to change the world.

Alumni and supporters like you are making a real difference by donating to a range of projects at the University. Discover our fundraising priorities below.

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Cancer Immunology Centre building

Cancer Immunology

Following on from our successful £25 million campaign to build the UK’s first Centre for Cancer Immunology, we have developed the Cancer Immunology Talent Fund to drive forward our life-saving research

Female student at laptop surrounded by classmates.

The Ignite Programme

The Ignite Programme provides talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with the chance to succeed at University and achieve their ambitions.

Formula Student

Student Excellence

We are dedicated to helping ambitious students make the most of their time at university, to achieve their full potential and contribute to our mission to change the world for the better.

Special Collections

Parkes Institute

The Parkes Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations. We are a unique community of scholars, archivists, librarians and students.

Conducting research

Gift of Sight

The Gift of Sight Appeal was established with the aim of funding world-class research into the prevention and treatment of blindness.

John Hansard Gallery

John Hansard Gallery

Discover world-class contemporary art at John Hansard Gallery. An innovative education and public programme is accompanied by special community-focused projects.

Southampton giving circles

The Southampton Giving Circles

Our Giving Circles recognise the total lifetime giving of our donors and those who have chosen to leave a legacy to the University.

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Other ways to give

Gift Aid your donation

Our charitable status means that we can claim Gift Aid and make your donation go further. If you are a UK taxpayer, don't forget to tick the 'Gift Aid' box or fill in a Gift Aid form to enable us to receive £1.25 for every £1 you donate.

Find out more about our charitable status and Exempt Charity Number.

Give by post

You can use a gift form to make a single gift or set up a regular direct debit. If you choose to donate £1,000 or more a year you will become a member of the Hartley Circle.

Using our gift forms, you can donate by cash, cheque, or use a Charity Aid Foundation (CAF) voucher.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Development and Alumni Relations Office will be unable to process any cheque donations for the foreseeable future. To make your gift online instead, please visit our donation pages. You can contact a member of the team about your gift by emailing We are happy to help or answer any questions you may have and thank you for your support.

Become a fundraiser

Choose to raise awareness or funds for one of our research areas or projects by taking part in, or planning a fundraising activity or event.

Contact us if you would like to raise funds for us or are already planning a fundraising activity, so that we can provide additional information and support. You can get in touch via email at or phone us on +44 (0)23 8059 9079.

Making a gift from the USA

Make a donation to the University of Southampton from the US by donating to the British Schools and Universities Foundation (BSUF). By stating a preference to the university through the recognised charitable organisation you may qualify for a tax deduction.

Make a donation to the BSUF via:

A cheque made payable to ‘British Schools and Universities Foundation’ sent with the Donor Transmittal Form to: British Schools and Universities Foundation, 575 Madison Avenue, Suite 1006, New York, NY 10022-2511, USA.

An online credit card payment to the BSUF here.

Please note: Donor preferences are respected by the BSUF but all grants are made at its sole discretion, as required by the IRS.

Even more ways to give...

If you are interested in tax-effective ways of making a one-off or regular donation then one of the following methods might be for you.

  • Payroll giving is a pre-tax deduction which may reduce the amount of income tax you pay. Ask your employer for a Charity Nomination Form to fill out (usually obtained from payroll) and your employer can make sure your donations come out of your wages. Next, fill out and post our payroll giving form, which means we can ensure your donations are used according to your wishes.

  • Gifts of shares enable you to give or sell shares to the University. This can reduce your income tax bill, and Capital Gains Tax (CGT). If you are interested in this kind of gift then we advise you speak to your financial advisor, and/or contact us (+44 (0)23 8059 9079) for more information on the benefits and how to set this up.

  • Gifts of land or buildings will reduce your income tax and exempt you from Capital Gains Tax. The market value of the land or property will be deducted from your Income Tax Liability.
  • Also, if you are a higher rate taxpayer (paying 40% or more income tax) then you can claim back the difference between the basic rate of tax (20%) and your highest rate of income tax by completing a tax return on your Gift Aid donation.
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