Make a gift in your Will

Leaving a legacy is the greatest donation you can make – and the only one that will not reflect in your bank account during your lifetime.

Many of Bristol's past achievements, and those we hope to celebrate in the future, have been made possible by the legacies of our generous alumni and friends.

Everyone can leave a legacy

Sheila Anderson (LLB 1956) left a legacy in her Will to create a permanent scholarship fund for students in need of financial aid. Having been awarded a State Scholarship when she came to Bristol, Sheila knew the life-changing impact it would have on students like Akosua-Rose Oppon. 

'I am tremendously grateful to have received a scholarship. Not only has it taken a huge burden of debt off my shoulders, but it has also instilled a confidence in me to do well on behalf of the university and Sheila Anderson. I hope to do justice to her legacy by excelling in my prospective field as a law student.'

Anne Morris (BA 1952) left a legacy to the South West Dementia Brain Bank to support Bristol's pioneering research into causes and preventions of dementia. Pat Kehoe, Professor of Translational Dementia Research and co-director of the South West Dementia Brain Bank, said:

Dementia affects one in 14 people over the age of 65 and research into both treatment and prevention continues to be crucial. Anne's legacy has taken our research to the next level by providing us with more advanced technology for preserving and studying brain tissue so we can help patients and families, and identify new ways to treat the disease. 

Any gift – large or small – can have a tremendous impact on  the University, and you can be very specific about how your legacy will be spent. 

Every situation is unique, so if you're interested in finding out more, or would like us to send you a legacy pack, please get in touch with our Planned Giving Officer, Nicola Giblin, on +44 (0)117 428 4411 or by email

Of course, if you've already named the University in your Will, please let us know by filling in our Legacy pledge form (PDF, 65kB) we want to be able to thank you properly.

Frequently asked questions

Get in touch

Thank you for considering a gift to Bristol 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 Nicola Giblin, Planned Giving Officer, on +44 (0)117 428 4411 or by email: