Legacies

 

Leaving a gift in your will is a wonderful way to support the University of West London

A legacy gift is one of the most personal and significant gifts that you can make to the University of West London. By remembering UWL in your will, you can make an invaluable and lasting contribution that will transform the lives of our students for generations to come. No matter how big or small, all legacy gifts to the University provide crucial support and enable you to play a part in shaping our future.
We are truly grateful to all our alumni, staff and friends who have already chosen to remember UWL in their will.

How to remember the University of West London in your will 

It is recommended that you seek the advice of a solicitor before making a will or amending an existing one.  If you would like more information on leaving a legacy gift please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations who will be happy to discuss your options with you.
If you have already made a will, it is easy to make us a beneficiary.  Simply adding a codicil to your existing will enables you to make a gift to the UWL without changing the main provisions.  
A codicil must be witnessed, but can easily be arranged by your solicitor.  
We would be delighted to hear from you if you have already remembered UWL in your will.  Letting us know your intentions will enable us to discuss any specific wishes with you and ensure that we are able to fulfil them.  
Any information regarding legacies will be treated confidentially and places you under no obligation.

Types of Legacy gifts

There are a variety of ways to remember the University of West London in your will; all of them will have an inspiring impact on our future.

  • Pecuniary gifts are a specified sum of money. 
  • Residuary gifts consist of everything left in your estate after you have made provision for your family and friends, liabilities, funeral expenses, tax and legal costs.
  • Reversionary gifts enable you to pass your estate, or specific assets of your estate, to named individuals who will benefit throughout their lifetime after which the assets are then passed to the University. 
  • Items of value: Gifts made to the UWL in your will do not need to be monetary; items of value or interest to the institution can also be bequeathed. If you are considering leaving items to UWL please contact us to discuss housing and maintaining the items.
  • Endowed gifts: :  It is possible to endow some gifts made to the UWL, either in perpetuity or with provision for the capital to be spent.  Endowed gifts can be allocated in several ways – such as supporting our most excellent students via scholarships, invested in future capital projects, or placed in the University of West London endowment fund, to be spent at the Vice-Chancellors’ discretion on projects that meet the day to day needs of the institution as they arise.

If your assets are outside of the UK 

The laws relating to making a will and inheritance tax vary outside of the UK.  If your assets are outside of the UK, you should seek the advice of a local solicitor before making a gift to UWL in your will.   

Inheritance Tax

The University of West London is an exempt charity; therefore any gift left to the University in a will reduces the taxable value of your assets.

For further information on how to leave a legacy gift to the University or if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.