1862 Society

A gift for the future

For 150 years the University of Plymouth has been a place of learning and research and by making a gift in your will, you can have a transformative effect on the University for years to come. Whatever you want your legacy to achieve at Plymouth, from supporting our medical research to providing student bursaries, your gift will continue to make the difference.

"Those who came before leave us the world we live in. Those who come after will have only what we leave them. It is for this reason that I chose to remember the University of Plymouth in my will. 
Because of the power of our lives and the legacies we leave, it is a great responsibility to choose to leave a positive legacy."


Mark Taylor, member of the 1862 Society, University of Plymouth graduate

Leaving a legacy

We are grateful that you are considering leaving a legacy to the University of Plymouth. For many people, a gift in your will is a way to make a significant and lasting contribution. It may cost nothing in your lifetime, yet provide much satisfaction and peace of mind.

As the University of Plymouth is a registered charity, a legacy will normally reduce the tax payable on your estate. In the legacy information pack, there are suggested wordings for a gift in your will to the University of Plymouth.

We always recommend that you seek advice from a solicitor to make or amend a will.

1862 Society

Everyone who makes a pledge in their will is invited to join the 1862 Society.

We would like to recognise and thank everyone who chooses to remember the University by pledging a legacy. We recognise that leaving a gift in your will is a personal decision, but if you choose to inform us of your intentions you will be invited to join the 1862 Society, named after the founding year for the University.

As a member of our 1862 Society, you are a friend of the University. As such we will send you updates from the University as well as inviting you to special events.

Our History

1862 was the founding year for the University as a School of Navigation. Across the centuries since, our journey has seen expansion into new faculties and facilities, with the influence of our students, alumni and research impacting across the world.

Leaving a legacy is an enduring gift which continues your connection to the University. 

Whatever your reason for wanting to support the University of Plymouth, we would be delighted to hear from you.



Some frequently asked questions

1. How do I leave a legacy gift to the University?

The information pack provides more information about how to leave a donation in your will. Please feel free to contact us on the details provided.

2. Can I choose what my gift supports?

Yes, of course. Your gift will be directed according to your wishes. By giving an unrestricted legacy, you are maximising our opportunity to put your donation to immediate use, to benefit those who need your support the most. 

However, we understand that you may wish to direct your legacy gift to an area that is important to you. Such as our medical research, arts programmes, or student support. Please get in touch with us to discuss the legacy you want your gift to leave. 

3. What are the benefits of becoming an 1862 Society member?

For many people, a gift in your will is a good way to make a significant and lasting contribution. It may cost nothing in your lifetime, yet provide much satisfaction and peace of mind. Donating to the University in your will can also help to reduce inheritance tax liability to the beneficiaries of your will.

As a member of our 1862 Society, you are a friend of the University. As such we will send you updates on the University as well as inviting you to special events. If you would like your gift commemorated in a particular way,please get in touch to discuss this with us.

4. Can you offer legal or financial advice?

The downloadable legacy pack contains information on how to make a gift in your Will, however, we always recommend you seek advice from a solicitor.

5. What is the University of Plymouth’s charitable status?

Read about the University’s governance and our charitable status.