Leave a legacy

Leave a legacy

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A gift in your Will can open a door into learning for future generations

Leaving a gift in your Will is a generous and enduring way to help ensure that our belief in education for all continues into the future. It’s easy to do and doesn’t cost you anything during your lifetime. After you have remembered your loved ones, pledging a gift to The Open University allows you to pass on the gift of education to others.


How to leave a legacy


Whether you are making or updating your Will your solicitor will be able to help. You can leave a gift in your Will in two main ways:


  • A Pecuniary Legacy – leaving a specified amount (e.g. I shall give £1,000 to The Open University)
  • A Residuary Legacy – leave all, or a percentage of, your estate (e.g. I shall give 10% of my estate to The Open University)


If you are interested in supporting us this way and would like to discover first-hand the positive impact legacies make to our work, or discuss how your gift could help, please call Emily Portch in the first instance. You can call Emily on +44 (0) 1908 659 141 or email her at emily.portch@open.ac.uk


Simply letting us know if you have remembered, or intend to remember, The Open University in your Will lets us look to the future with greater confidence. It’s also wonderful to be able to thank you for thinking of us in this way.

Suggested wording

If you’re considering leaving a legacy, view our suggested wording for remembering The Open University in your Will.

In memoriam giving

A donation in memory is a positive way to remember and celebrate the life of someone close, and we can help.