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Leaving a legacy

Are you thinking about making a gift to your University in your will?

Legacy gifts can have a truly transformative effect on the opportunities future students have. You will be able to plan the kind of gift you want to make and enable us to plan long term. 

By making a gift now, you can ensure our students continue to succeed on their way to becoming tomorrow’s leaders and teachers – all because of your support.


Leaving a gift to the University in your will is straightforward and our status as an exempt charity (No. XN80515) means the gift may reduce the amount of inheritance tax that your family may be called upon to pay after your death.

For more information, you can request a legacy brochure. There are two versions: one for Queen Mary University of London alumni and one for Barts and The London alumni. To obtain your copy, please email or telephone 020 7882 6429.

Beatrice's story

For Beatrice Worthing, coming to study at Queen Mary was a life-changing adventure, far removed from her upbringing in a mining village in 1920s South Wales.

Although she had a burning ambition to become a journalist, the outbreak of the Second World War meant that teaching became her first career priority. After the war, she did a PhD in Belgian literature. Travelling through war-torn Europe in pursuit of her research gave Beatrice the insight and determination to succeed in a long career, which included writing for Reuters and France Press, as well as publishing.

Sadly, Beatrice passed away recently and left a gift to help students in financial hardship. She told us: ‘Queen Mary gave me everything. I want to give something back to help young people achieve their ambitions, as I did mine.’

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