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 bequest to the University of St Andrews is tax-free in most instances and may reduce any inheritance tax burden on your estate. 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. While we would recommend you consult a solicitor to draft your will, he/she may 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’.

Information for Canadian donors

The University of St Andrews is deemed to be a ‘prescribed University outside Canada’ by the Canada Revenue Agency. This status allows individuals and trusts to claim a non-refundable tax credit for Canadian income tax purposes in respect of donations made to the University. We issue tax receipts for all Canadian donations in a format approved by the Canada Revenue Agency. For more information please visit Canada Revenue Agency.

Getting in touch 

If you would like to discuss your wishes in confidence or would like further information about leaving a legacy, please contact;

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.