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How legacies make a difference

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Whether you are an alumnus, a former member of staff or a friend of the University, by choosing to remember Surrey in your will you can help to enrich the lives of students and support ground-breaking research.

Large or small, your gift matters. While the University has been lucky to receive substantial bequests in the past, smaller amounts can also make a big difference, for example by helping to alleviate student financial hardship.

Leaving a legacy is a truly personalised and versatile form of giving. Many alumni, staff and friends have a strong link with a specific area of the University; their former department, a sports team, the library, medical research, scholarships or student hardship support. Your experiences and memories of the University can help you decide how you want to support the next generation of students and staff.

"People might think that a legacy has to involve a phenomenal amount of money but if a number of people leave a little, then it soon becomes a lot. Surrey has helped us have a very good life and, if we can give that back, we will rest very easily." 

Janet Preston (Physics, class of 1978)

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Whatever you want to achieve, we would be delighted to discuss your wishes and help you make the most of your bequest.

If you would like to know more about leaving a gift in your will, please contact Daniel Lawrence, Regular Giving and Legacy Manager (d.k.lawrence@surrey.ac.uk) and he will be in touch. You can also contact Daniel directly by ringing 07772 508325.

If you have already decided to leave a legacy gift to Surrey, we would be grateful if you could let us know. This will enable us to ensure that any aspects of your plans involving the University are understood and achievable. We can also thank you for your support by inviting you to our annual legacy supporters' lunch and keep you up-to-date with the latest University news. 

Leaving a Legacy to the University of Surrey FAQs

Free Will Service

This year, the University of Surrey are delighted to have teamed up with Octopus Legacy (formerly known as Guardian Angel) to offer our Alumni community a free will service.

If you live in England or Wales, you can write your Will online today. It is completely free and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete the online Will which will be checked by Octopus Legacy's legal experts once submitted. You may choose to leave a gift in your Will to the University, but there is no obligation to do so if you wish to use the service.

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Please note: Octopus Legacy is a third party. By clicking on the Octopus Legacy website link, you will be leaving the University of Surrey’s website and will be governed by Octopus Legacy’s privacy and cookies policy. For more information on how the University of Surrey uses your personal data and your rights, please see our Alumni Privacy Notice.

If you have any questions that are not covered in our frequently asked questions, please contact our team at alumni@surrey.ac.uk

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