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Leaving a gift in your will

Gifts and legacies transform our university.

Gifts and legacies are funding scholarships and supporting life-changing research. With your help, we can support more talented students and world-class researchers as they reach their potential and change the world.

A legacy is the greatest donation anyone can give. A gift in your will can make a significant impact and a lasting contribution for generations - With your support, there are no limits to what the University of York can achieve.  

We are proud of our past and we are ambitious for our future. Join us in a mission to shape and influence global developments over the next millennium. Wherever your passions lie, you can choose how your gift will be used to create your lasting legacy. 

I see a university such as ours as a lifeline to the future. The brightest students from all over the world will come to York long after I’m gone to study subjects we haven’t yet dreamed of in ways we can’t even imagine. It is for these students that I’ve made a bequest to York in my will.

Felicity Riddy, Legacy donor

Tax Benefits

The University of York is an exempt charity under Schedule 3 of the Charities Act 2011. As such, any gift within your will falls outside of inheritance tax. Giving as part of your will planning can help to reduce your estate’s inheritance tax bill.

As one of the first undergraduates, I am greatly appreciative of the opportunities that I was afforded and concerned about the costs for present-day students. I would like to think that a modest legacy, combined with some regular giving in the meantime, might go some way to repaying the debt I feel I owe the University and help the present generation of students.

David Jennings, English and Social Science, 1963-66

Heslington Circle

We are delighted to recognise the generosity of those who pledge their support to the University in their will, through membership of the Heslington Circle. As a member of the Circle you will be invited to an annual reception and other events and be kept informed of developments within the University.

Areas you could support

Gifts that allow the flexibility to be used where the need is greatest are especially valuable. They allow us to support areas including: 

How you can help

  • helping to fund scholarships to attract the best students, regardless of background
  • supporting our world-leading research
  • contributing to our growing library and archives
  • providing vital medical training and research.

For more information or a confidential discussion about leaving a legacy to York, please contact Kalli Keramari, (kalliopi.keramari@york.ac.uk) Legacies Officer.