The impact your gift can make

How your gift can help change lives and leave a lasting legacy

You are important to our future. Our next steps depend on you.

A gift in your Will is the most significant gift you will ever make and should reflect the things that matter to you the most. That is why if you decide to make a gift in your Will. We will work with you to ensure your wishes are met.

Building for a better future

The University was honoured to receive a significant legacy from Reginald J Hewson, which has enabled us to create and offer a new undergraduate architecture course for 2017/18.

The £2.5 million gift is the largest the University has ever received, and has allowed us to create an innovative course that is grounded in early real-world experience and  practical applications. The course was created as a direct response to the changing needs of architectural practice. It is one of only a select number of BArch degrees in the country, which brings together elements of a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science to allow creativity to flourish with a sound technical understanding.

This gift has also allowed us to transform the Keith Green Building into a stunning devoted home for the new subject area. Refurbished labs in the building will be named the ‘Hewson Laboratories’ in recognition of his gift. The course will be part of the new School of Civil and Building Engineering, which has been renamed the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering.

Being part of a multidisciplinary school, the course will benefit from added value and unlimited potential, covering building science, business acumen, and digital design and fabrication, in addition to architectural discipline.  Hewson’s legacy is helping to shape and expand Loughborough’s offering to future students and will enable us to train the next generation in exciting subjects.

Strengthening an essential service

Donations from gifts in Wills were used to fund training, recruitment and raise awareness of the Nightline service. The confidential, non-advisory listening and information service, that is run for students by trained student volunteers from the University, used the financial
support to recruit and train 88 new volunteers, who went on to volunteer a total of 3,922 hours across 130 shifts. The service, which has been running since 2015, was first established thanks to funding from donors. In addition to a listening ear, the team also run various other initiatives connected to student safety and welfare, including a Nightline Bus during term time which takes students safely home for free after a night out, puppy petting sessions and panel discussions for students about wellbeing and self-care.

Supporting future generations of students in need

''Words cannot explain how honoured I am to receive this Scholarship. I do believe that this will change my life. The Scholarship will help me lighten my financial burden which I will face as a student. This will allow me to focus more on achieving the highest award I can in my degree and becoming the professional designer I have always dreamed of being since I was a little boy. Your family’s generosity has inspired me. We are all human, but sometimes we don’t get the same opportunities as others. Thank you.''

Connor, Industrial Design and Technology, Ethel Bradley Reynolds Scholar

Legacy left by a donor in memory of his mother

Get in touch

If you would like to talk about leaving a gift in your Will, please feel free to get in touch with a member of our team.

Free Wills Month - March 2022

Free Wills Month offers members of the public aged 55 and over the opportunity to have their Wills written or updated free of charge in areas of England, Scotland and Wales. 

To find out more about the charities and solicitors involved, please click here.