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Alumni Leaving a gift in your Will

Leaving a Gift in your Will is the opportunity to invest in the future generation of young people and play a vital role in supporting students, research and the wider University.

The impact of legacy gifts

Legacy gifts play a vital role in helping the University to make a difference both locally and internationally and recent gifts have helped to: 

  • double the size of the Strathclyde Law Clinic, which provides support to communities who cannot afford legal aid. It is now the biggest in Scotland
  • provide scholarships for 15 students from low income backgrounds
  • create new PhD scholarships in Marketing and Chemistry
  • support new book purchases and the physical development of the University Library
  • fund leading research into Asperger's syndrome

How to leave a gift in your Will

It is important to seek legal advice to help you to prepare your Will and a solicitor can advise you on the wording. You should also consider what you would like your gift to achieve and might want to consider the following:  

  • supporting an area you are passionate about - a field of study/research, or a particular area such as supporting disadvantaged students.
  • helping the university to respond to the most pressing need by helping where the need is greatest.

There are three main types of legacy gift:

  • a share of your estate (a residuary gift)
  • a fixed amount of money (a pecuniary gift)
  • a particular item left to Strathclyde

The gift that holds its value the most is a residuary one. Giving in this way means inflation doesn't erode the value of the gift in the way it does with cash gifts.

The University of Strathclyde is a registered charity and any legacy gift to a charity is deducted from the value of your estate before inheritance tax is calculated.

Discuss your legacy intention with us