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You can help us make the difference

How can my legacy make a difference?

A gift in your Will means you can have a transformative impact on our University for generations to come, be it helping to develop our campus and infrastructure, providing opportunities to develop our outstanding research, or supporting our students.

You may already have an idea of what you would like to do with your gift, or you may simply want to give back. A legacy can be for the general benefit of the University, which is especially valuable as it allows us to channel resources to areas where the need is greatest.

Your legacy can also be directed to a specific area of the University which you hold dear; for example, a specific subject, department or research project. Click on the options below to read more about the areas where your legacy can make a huge difference.


To find out more please click on the options below or to download the Legacy brochure please click here.

Inheritance Tax

The University of Northampton is a charity and is registered as such with HM Revenue and Customs. Leaving a legacy to the University can reduce the Inheritance Tax that may otherwise be payable on your estate, as legacies left to a charity such as the University in your Will are free from Inheritance Tax. In addition, if you leave 10% or more of your net estate, after certain deductions, to a charity like the University, a lower rate of inheritance tax will apply to your taxable estate which can further reduce the overall tax bill. For more information on Inheritance Tax please go to https://www.gov.uk/topic/personal-tax/inheritance-tax. Your legal or financial advisor is the best person to talk to about any tax benefits available to you.



How to leave a legacy

It is simple and quick to do, whether or not you already have a Will. To make sure that the University is properly identified in your Will, all you need is our full name and address, which we recommend that you take with you to your solicitor when you go to have your Will drawn up or to change your existing Will:

The University of Northampton, Park Campus, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL

We recognize that your Will is confidential and very personal and that your first priority is to provide for your loved ones. Many people, though, find that even after they’ve done this they feel able to leave something to an institution or a cause they cherish. Making any changes to your Will can be a big decision and we want you to make it in your own time so be assured we will never put you under any pressure. However, it helps us to know your intentions so if you decide to leave a gift in your Will and you would like to let us know, then please do so using the options below. Of course, even if you tell us you have included a legacy to the University in your Will, this is not legally binding and you can still change your mind at any time by changing your Will.

If you don’t have a Will

Your Will is a legal document which sets out who you would like to inherit your assets when you pass away. If you die without a Will, laws called the “intestacy rules” determine who will receive your assets and it may not be the people that you intend. Writing your Will gives you peace of mind that your assets will go to those you love, and more people are choosing to leave a legacy to something that is close to their heart.

As a Will is a legal document, we would recommend using a solicitor to write your Will. The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners has an online directory as does The Law Society to help you find a qualified practitioner in your area.

If you decide to leave a gift to the University, we would be grateful if you would consider completing the Legacy Pledge Form as we would like to thank you properly and keep you up to date on the areas of the University which may be of interest to you.

What types of legacies can you leave to the University in your Will?

  • An amount of money (Pecuniary Legacy): If you want to leave a fixed sum to the University, you just specify that amount in your Will.
  • A share of your residuary estate (Residuary Legacy): Your residuary estate is what is left over of your estate after deduction of your debts, funeral expenses, inheritance tax and certain other items and after payment of any pecuniary or specific legacies and so on (the 'residue'). You can leave the whole or a share e.g. percentage of your residue to the University of Northampton
  • A specific item (specific legacy): such as a work of art, a property, or stocks and shares. The wording for this is the same as a Pecuniary Legacy except that the gift is an item rather than a figure or percentage.
  • A reversionary bequest means that you can allocate all or part of your estate to a beneficiary (such as a spouse) for use during their lifetime, and once that person has passed away the remainder of the funds would pass to the University of Northampton.

Recognizing your Generosity

Your generosity can have a valuable and lasting impact not only on our students, but also on our pioneering research, or the development of the University’s campus. Your legacy can support the University’s values of innovation, enterprise and social impact; facilitate new interactive learning practices; and provide a transformational student experience. We cannot do this without your support, and we are grateful for every gift, no matter what size.

To show our gratitude, we have created a number of ways to recognize your support:

All donors/investors will receive a personal thank you letter. They will also receive a copy of our annual news magazine with their names and the amounts they donated listed.

People who pledge to leave legacies to the University will be listed as members of the 2005 Club and will be invited to the Annual Garden Party and other events at the University. They will also receive regular updates on the progress of the University in delivering its mission of Transforming Lives + Inspiring Change

I'd like to support the University with a legacy, but my family and friends come first. How can I still make an impact?

We understand that you want to take care of your loved ones first and we always encourage all of our supporters to ensure that their family and friends are carefully provided for before even considering leaving a legacy to the University.

After you've made such provisions, you may feel able to leave a legacy to the University. Every legacy to the University, of whatever size, makes a difference. For example, even a gift of modest percentage of the residue of your estate will make a considerable difference to the University.

I'm not wealthy. Can I still leave a legacy?

Each and every legacy can have a tremendous impact on our teaching and research activities, and on the students who will benefit from them. Any gift, large and small, is of great value to the University. For example, smaller gifts could be used to provide one-off bursaries to students in financial need, travel grants or student prizes and can make a big difference.

If you would like your legacy to be invested in perpetuity, you may like to consider contributing to an existing endowment that supports students, in relation to which every gift, of whatever size, makes an invaluable contribution.

How can I include the University of Northampton in my Will?

For more information regarding this, .

We can't offer you any legal or financial advice on making a Will or estate-planning, or recommend solicitors or professional Will writers, but we strongly advise you to consult your solicitor before drafting a new Will or updating an existing one.

If you do not yet have a solicitor, you can find information on how to choose one on the The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners or The Law Society websites.

I already have a Will. How can I include the University of Northampton?

You can add a legacy to the University by simply making a Codicil, which is a simple legal document which changes your existing Will. Your solicitor will help you to change your Will if you wish to do so.

What types of legacy are there?

If you decide you would like to leave a legacy to the University, there are several types of legacy that you can leave to the University in your Will:

  • An amount of money (Pecuniary Legacy): If you want to leave a fixed sum to the University, you specify that amount in your Will.
  • A share of your residuary estate (Residuary Legacy): Your residuary estate is what is left over of your estate after deduction of your debts, funeral expenses, inheritance tax and certain other items and after payment of any pecuniary or specific legacies and so on (the 'residue'). You can leave the whole or a share, such as a percentage, of your residue to the University of Northampton.
  • A specific item (specific legacy): such as a work of art, a property, or stocks and shares. The wording for this is the same as a pecuniary bequest except that the gift is an item rather than a figure or percentage.
  • A reversionary bequest means that you can allocate all or part of your estate to a beneficiary (such as a spouse) for use during their lifetime, and once that person has passed away the remainder of the funds would pass to the University of Northampton.

Can I specify which part of the University I would like my gift to benefit?

You may already have an idea of what you would like to do with your gift, or you may simply want to give back. A legacy can simply be for the general benefit of the University. This type of gift is especially valuable as it allows us to channel resources to areas where the need is greatest.

You can choose to leave a legacy for a specific area of the University with which you have a strong affinity; for example, a subject, department or research project. The following areas are examples of where your legacy can make a difference, click on the options below to read more.

To allow us to make best use of your legacy it is preferable if, in your Will, you simply express a (non-binding) wish or request that we use your legacy for that specific area of the University. The University will always try to follow your wishes if at all possible.

However, if you are keen to support a specific area of the University and want that to be binding on us, it is helpful if you could speak to us first so that we can talk further about what you would like to support and how best to achieve this in your Will.

Are there any tax benefits to leaving a legacy to the University of Northampton?

The University of Northampton is a charity and is registered as such with HM Revenue and Customs. Leaving a legacy to the University can reduce the inheritance tax that may otherwise be payable on your estate, as legacies left to a charity such as the University in your Will are free from Inheritance Tax . In addition, if you leave 10% or more of your net estate, after certain deductions, to a charity like the University, a lower rate of inheritance tax will apply to your taxable estate which can further reduce the overall tax bill. For more information on Inheritance Tax please go to https://www.gov.uk/topic/personal-tax/inheritance-tax, however we do recommend you talk to your legal or financial advisor as well as they are the best person to advise on any tax benefits available to you.

How will Scottish Law affect my legacy to the University of Northampton?

Some areas of the law relating to Wills are different in Scotland so we recommend you seek advice from your solicitor to find out more if you think that Scottish law applies to you/your estate.

How will my gift be recognised?

All donors/investors will receive a personal thank you letter. They will also receive a copy of our annual news magazine with their names and the amounts they donated listed.

People that pledge to leave legacies to the University will be listed as members of the 2005 Club and will be invited to the Annual Garden Party and other events at the University.

Contact Us

Thank you for considering a gift to University of Northampton in your Will. Should you have any other questions, wish to request a legacy pack, sample wording for your Will, or discuss your options in person, please contact us.

Disclaimer: This information contained on this website is intended to help you to have an understanding of leaving a legacy to The University of Northampton. The University of Northampton is not responsible for and does not provide and does not hold itself out as providing legal advice of any kind and accepts no responsibility for the legal contents herein. You should seek your own legal advice from your solicitor.