Remembering Birkbeck: the importance of legacy supporters

Legacy gifts have been important to Birkbeck for many years, and many alumni have chosen to help secure the future of their College in this way.

Are you considering leaving a gift in your will to Birkbeck? Check our list of frequently asked questions to see if we've already answered some of your questions.

If you want to find out more complete this short form, and our team will contact you to talk through your enquiry.

Thank you from David Latchman CBE, Master of Birkbeck

  • We know that thinking about whom to remember in your Will is incredibly personal, and we are very grateful to you for giving this even a tentative thought.
  • Legacy gifts of every size have a lasting impact and help us to ensure that Birkbeck, its powerful values, high-quality teaching and world-class research continue to serve future generations of students.

Why I've chosen to remember Birkbeck in my Will

  • Jane Anderson Craig spent seven years at Birkbeck progressing from a Certificate, to a Bachelor’s degree and finally to a Master's in History and Politics.
  • Jane is a strong supporter of the College and shares why she has chosen to remember Birkbeck in her Will:
    • 'I choose to leave a legacy to Birkbeck to offer opportunities to talented students, who may be barred from higher education due to financial constraints. I believe education is key to improving the life outcomes of individuals and enhancing the wider society.
    • 'Birkbeck is a fantastic institution, which extends opportunities to adults. It is a great comfort to me that, after my death, I will be helping others realise their potential.'

The impact of donations on our students' life

  • Gifts or bequests to the College can provide support that would not otherwise be available to our students in financial need. One student, Dora Jejey, explains the difference this support has made to her education at Birkbeck:
    • 'The donor funding I received alleviated my anxieties and worries and allowed me to give my full attention to my studies. It also gave me the opportunity and confidence to go out and make my contribution to the world, and that is something I do not take lightly.
    • 'The money that donors give to the bursary fund is so much more than money: for someone it is peace of mind, to another a good night's sleep and to another, access to a world otherwise closed to them. It is giving someone a voice and an opportunity to make a difference no matter how small. So thank you.'
    • Dora Jejey, MA Text and Performance