Legacy & Remembrance

Leaving Abertay a legacy means you continue to empower talented minds for future generations.

Some people leave us a gift in their Will, some bequeath awards or bursaries. Whatever you and your family decide, you can be certain it will make a big difference to our students' lives.

In all cases, we appreciate that this is a delicate subject, so please to contact us if you need to discuss it. We are here to help, and understand the sensitivity involved in making these decisions.


"In 1968 I graduated with BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering from the Dundee College of Technology, now Abertay University.  Having gone on to a highly rewarding career of some 50 years as a Chartered Civil Engineer working on many successful mega-projects…I plan to leave a financial gift to the University. I sincerely hope that my legacy, when realized, will help support Abertay to continue to develop its significant contribution to society in the education of its undergraduates.”  Ian M. Thoms


Non-specific legacy gifts are the greatest help. This means we have the funds to support students through ever-changing priorities, such as COVID 19. Or you may want to direct your legacy to:

  • Awards or prizes.

  • Outreach/widening access activity.

  • International activities including travel bursaries and study trips.

  • Academic investment such as sponsoring a specific area of research.

  • Improving the University buildings or specific areas of the campus. 

What type of gifts can you leave in your Will?

Obviously we cannot give you advice about writing your Will. We advise you to speak to a qualified legal professional. But here are the kind of gifts you may want to consider.

A pecuniary gift - a fixed sum of money such as £5,000.

A specific gift - a valuable item like property, jewellery or even shares.

A residuary gift - a share of your estate such as 5% of your total wealth.

If you would like to include - or have already included - a gift in your Will for Abertay, we would be very grateful if you would tell us (assuming you feel comfortable to do so). This means we can thank you and communicate appropriately. Please contact us for more information.


Some people donate scholarships in their name. Please get in touch if you would like to do this.

The Bill Taylor Scholarship

BEAR Scotland created this scholarship in memory of their Chairman Bill Taylor. Bill was a Dundee Institute of Technology graduate in civil engineering (before Abertay became a University). Find out more about the Bill Taylor/BEAR Scholarship.


Some families and friends fundraise in the memory of someone they have lost. Here are some examples.

The Sarah Fletcher Memorial Prizes

Sarah Fletcher studied mental health nursing at Abertay. In her Nursing practice she was always provided warm, compassionate care. The prizes, inspired by her active commitment to quality mental health care, are funded by donations from her loved ones.  

The prize for Compassionate Practice is awarded to a final year BSc Mental Health Nursing student who has demonstrated compassion at the core of their professional practice. 

The Exceptional Commitment to Counselling prize is awarded to a final year MSc Counselling student who has shown commitment to going above and beyond the expectations of the theoretical, practical, and personal aspects of the course.  Find out more or make a donation

The Jody Gallagher Scholarship

This scholarship is in memory of Abertay alum Jody Gallagher, who studied Computer Arts here before working in the games industry in Dundee. The scholarship was set up to ease the financial burden for students striving towards a career in computer games.

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