Over 295 people have given to scholarships and research at Imperial by leaving a gift in their will. Legacy gifts help us to advance at the forefront of research and education and plan for the future with confidence. The support of inspiring donors gives our wonderful staff and students the courage and confidence to achieve excellence.

Why do people leave a legacy gift to Imperial? Many speak of their wish to “give something back” in gratitude for their own experience at Imperial, and the professional opportunities their education opened up for them. Others want today’s young people to be able to afford their university years, without having to worry about money all the time. For many it’s an interest in the science that motivates them to give.

"Why I made a legacy pledge"

Ian Newman talking to a member of Imperial staff

Ian Newman (BSc ARCS Mathematics 1990)

“My time at Imperial was both enjoyable and challenging. I have a feeling of gratitude towards Imperial, and a sense of pride in having graduated from Imperial. I’ve made contributions to Imperial for a number of years, and having reached a stage in life when writing a Will seemed a sensible thing to do, I naturally considered supporting the College with a legacy gift. I very much hope that this gift and my ongoing donations will benefit students struggling with the cost of living in such an expensive city, and will help the College to attract talented individuals who might otherwise look elsewhere for their university education.”

Sean Hackett in the garden at 170 Queen's Gate

Sean Hackett (BSc ARCS Physics 1978)

“My days studying in the Blackett Laboratory and rowing for the College boat club are more than just fond and distant memories. The education and experience I gained at Imperial have remained with me, winning the respect of employers, and helping to shape my career. The education I received was made possible, in part, because of legacy gifts received by the College before I joined. This knowledge motivated me to make provision in my Will so that others may benefit from an Imperial education in years to come. As Imperial enjoys charitable status, legacy giving is an efficient way to make a significant contribution to the College.”