Ulster University is a registered charity and all donations make a significant impact on our students lives and on our life-changing research.  Leaving a gift in your will allows us to plan for the future and help shape the future of Northern Ireland and beyond.

After making provision for your family and friends, legacy-giving is a very special way to support Ulster University’s students or research long into the future.

We are delighted to offer you, our valued alumni, a complimentary Will Writing Service. Kennedy Burchill, specialists in Will Writing and Estate Planning, will provide this vital service at no cost to you.

Find out more about why it is so important to have a Will and to register for this complimentary service.

If you wish to remember Ulster University in your Will, you can leave a specific amount, or it can be more reassuring to leave a percentage of your estate, after all payments have been made. You can also leave property or other items of value.

For those with larger estates, gifts to charities can reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax payable.

How to leave a legacy to Ulster University in your will

To make or amend your will and indicate your wish to provide a gift to Ulster University, you will need to provide your solicitor with the University’s address and charity number.

Legacy gifts are administered through the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO). Including this information in your Will helps your executors know who to contact.

Ulster University’s address:

Development and Alumni Relations Office
Ulster University
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA

Ulster University is registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and its charity number is NIC100166.

You should then indicate in your will how you wish to support the University.

Ways to leave a legacy gift

There are several ways you may wish to leave a gift in your will to Ulster University.

  • Residuary Legacy - A percentage or fraction of your estate after taxes, charges and other legacies have been settled.
  • Pecuniary Legacy - A cash sum of money. You may wish to discuss with your advisor how to protect the real value of your gift from inflation over time.
  • Specific Gift - A gift of specific property, such as land, buildings, shares, copyrights, paintings or other property.

How to word your gift

The following wording may provide some guidance when you and your solicitor are considering your gift to the University.

In addition to indicating that you wish to support Ulster University you may also wish to identify how you wish your support to be used.

‘I give to Ulster University (Charity Number - NIC 100166), Cromore Road, Coleraine BT52 1SA, the sum of (insert amount in words) pounds (£ insert figure), or (insert percentage in words) percent (insert figure %), for (indicate how you would like the gift to be used*, eg the Medical Education Fund).

Find out more about Ulster University’s current fundraising priorities and if you are considering leaving a gift in your Will to support our work, please contact Nicole Costello (contact details below) to discuss what area you would like to support.

Tax benefits

As an exempt charity, a gift in your Will to the University can be tax-exempt and so could reduce the amount of inheritance tax payable, if the net value of your estate is above the inheritance tax threshold.

Nominating the University as a beneficiary of your pension fund could also provide tax benefits.
We recommend discussing all potential benefits of leaving a legacy gift to the University with your solicitor or financial planner, given that the law varies by country, and inheritance tax is a complex area.