Your student days were perhaps some of the most formative of your life. If you reflect on the years following your graduation, it’s likely that your career, interests and friendships found their origins at Leeds.

If you feel that the University of Leeds has enriched your life and you would like to give something back, a legacy could be a wonderful way to show your appreciation and support future generations of Leeds students, teachers and researchers.

By including a gift to the University in your Will, you could help us to nurture the people, generate the ideas and make the discoveries that will change our world for the better.

Leeds was founded upon the generosity of individual benefactors. For more than a century, legacies have helped shape it. The monetary value of these gifts runs into millions but their true value is incalculable: they have enabled talented students to come to Leeds and achieve their potential, pushed forward research that will help people around the world, and enhanced our library and art collections for the benefit and enjoyment of generations to come.

Recognising the important role legacies have played in the development of the University, we have created a leather-bound, handwritten Remembering Leeds book listing legacies received over many years, from the first recorded gift in 1878 to the present day. The book is displayed in Parkinson Court and there is also an online version too

Your legacy to Leeds, whatever its size, could leave a lasting mark too – perhaps on your former department, an area of research that is of special interest to you, or a student following in your footsteps.

Whether you choose to support a particular area, or prefer to instruct the University to use your gift where it is most needed at the time, you can be assured that your entire legacy will benefit the chosen purpose – none will be spent on administration. We place great importance on the careful stewardship of gifts, working with family members, Executors and our colleagues within the University to ensure that legacies are spent fittingly and according to donors’ wishes.

Our Remembering Leeds booklet provides further information about how legacies are benefiting the University of Leeds.

Learn how a trust set up in memory of Yorkshire mum Ella Dickinson is supporting cancer research at Leeds.

Contact details:

If you would like to find out how your legacy could make a difference, we would be pleased to provide further information. Please contact: Caroline Bartholomew, Alumni & Development Team, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2347,

A legacy to Leeds is an investment in the future. With your support we can ensure that the University remains the vibrant and ambitious community it needs to be in order to attract the next generation of bright and enquiring minds.

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Making a World of Difference


Dr Moses Batwala – legacy pledger

Emma Atkinson – legacy pledger

Helen Robertson – legacy beneficiary

Ian Slinger – legacy pledger

Steve Martin

Steve Martin (Geography 1978) talks about his time studying at Leeds - and about why he has chosen to leave a legacy to the University to support students from less privileged backgrounds. He also discusses why changes to inheritance tax have made leaving a legacy an attractive option for donors.

Tea and Treasures

Members of the Brotherton Circle - our exclusive group for those who have pledged a legacy to the University of Leeds - gather for a special social event, where they were shown some of the amazing treasures of the University's Brotherton Collection.

Hilary Spurrier

(History 1972)

talks about her time at University – including a memorable partnership with the great Don Revie – and why she now chooses to support the University, both through gifts to support students and through a legacy

David Budworth

(Physics and Astronomy 1955)

arrived at University during the great fog of 1952. Here he recalls his time as a student at Leeds, where he was to stay for nine years as an undergraduate and postgraduate student – and talks about the decision made with his late wife Kathleen, to leave their collection of paintings to the University gallery

Amy Woodward

(Graphic and Communications Design 2017)

talks about the scholarship she has received to study at Leeds following a legacy left to the University by a former student