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Leaving a Legacy to Merton

Since its foundation, Merton has benefited greatly from the generosity of alumni and friends who have left gifts in their wills. These special contributions have enabled us to support students in need, construct new buildings, preserve the Tutorial System, and much more.

We are very grateful to our growing community of over 160 legators, who are planning to remember Merton in their wills with gifts of all sizes. We hope that you will join them in making a bequest. A legacy costs nothing in your lifetime but has the power to make a significant impact on the College’s future. It could also benefit your family by reducing the overall tax burden on your estate.

To thank our legators, we have created the Founder’s Society, a dedicated group of supporters named in honour of our founder and great benefactor, Walter de Merton. The Society organises exclusive lunch and speaker events for legators on a regular basis.

“There are so many reasons, not least gratitude for what Merton has given me, that I have chosen to leave a legacy to the College. Merton’s commitment to the pursuit of excellence in teaching and research has benefited generations of Mertonians and has contributed much of value to the world outside its walls. Through supporting the College, I believe I help to make a difference in changing the world.”
Michael Edwards (BA Philosophy, Politics, Economics, 1956)

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your plans in confidence, please get in touch with the Development Office at development@merton.ox.ac.uk or call +44(0)1865 286314. Further information about leaving a legacy to Merton is available in our legacy brochure.

If you have decided to remember Merton in your will, we would be very grateful if you might inform us through one of the channels below. Any information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not commit you in any way.

We strongly recommend that you consult a solicitor when making or changing your will; see our guidance on appropriate wording for your will under English law. For information regarding making bequests from other countries, contact the Development Office.