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Leaving a Legacy

By choosing to support St Andrews in your will, you can help to ensure the future of the University no matter what challenges lie ahead.

Tax advantages

A gift of a legacy to St Andrews is tax-free in most instances and may reduce any inheritance tax burden on your estate from  40% to 36%.

The University of St Andrews is a registered charity in Scotland (NO SC013532), regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

Suggested wording

A member of our team would welcome the opportunity to discuss your intentions to ensure that the University will be able to honour your wishes. We recommend you consult a solicitor to draft your will. He/she should be able to adapt the following form of words to suit your needs:

‘I give to the University Court of the University of St Andrews (Scottish Charity Number SC013532), Fife, Scotland the sum of [in words] OR a [in words] percentage share of the residue of my estate OR my [detail your specific item or items] to be used for the general purposes of the University OR to be used for [detail the specific purposes you have] and I declare that the receipt of the Quaestor or other officer authorised by the Principal of the said University shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my Executors and Trustees’.

Add to your existing will


If you already have a will, you can include a legacy to the University of St Andrews by using a codicil which your solicitor can help you adapt to suit your needs.

Getting in touch

• If you would like to discuss your wishes in confidence or would just like further information above leaving a legacy, please contact our team at University of St Andrews, 91 North Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ, Tel: +44(0)1334 462030 Fax: +44(0)1334 462590, Email: legacies@st-andrews.ac.uk 

• If you have left a legacy to St Andrews in your will and wish to inform us, please download our Legacy Pledge Form (PDF, 84 KB) . 

• To show our gratitude to those who have confirmed their legacy pledge, we invite them to join the Chancellor’s Circle.