Leaving a legacy or bequest to Oxford

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Through the centuries, legacies and bequests have played a vital part in Oxford’s success. Many of Oxford’s colleges were founded with the aid of legacies and almost every part of the Collegiate University has benefited from gifts in the wills of alumni, friends and supporters. A gift in your will can help the University continue to lead the world in finding solutions to many of the problems facing humanity.

You can support...

  • a specific Oxford college with funding for scholarships and fellowships
  • academic posts and research programmes in University schools and departments
  • undergraduate and graduate students with bursaries and grants
  • Oxford’s cultural heritage of museums, libraries, music and historic buildings
  • sporting activities, from rowing eights and Olympic champions to track and field.
Or you can support them all by leaving a gift in your will for the area of greatest need.

Making a gift to Oxford

A will is very personal, and we strongly advise you to consult your legal advisor before drafting a new will or updating an existing one. We are always happy to discuss your wishes and intentions but, regretfully, the University of Oxford is unable to offer direct legal or financial advice on will making or estate planning.

The suggested wording for a gift in your will is:

'I give the whole (or a percentage share) of the residue of my estate to'


'I give free of tax the sum of £________ (in figures and words) to…
…The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford to be used for its general charitable purposes, and I declare that the receipt of the Registrar or other duly authorised officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my Executors.'

The University of Oxford has full charitable status. However, it is exempt from the requirement to register as a charity with the Charity Commission, and has a tax-exempt reference number (X7585) with HM Revenue & Customs.

College Gifts

If you would like to leave a gift in your will to a College, the appropriate development contact will be pleased to help.

US Residents

Residents of the USA can find out about planned giving opportunities by visiting our North American office website on Oxford Planned Giving.