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Thomas John Holland graduated from Queen's in 1952 and was instumental in establishing the Jack Kyle (pictured) Bursary Fund. As a final act of kindness he left a gift in his will to support the fund.

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As executors of their parent’s will, the family of a late graduate decided to vary the terms of their parent’s will to leave £60,000 to establish the first Centre for Dentistry Legacy Scholarship at Queen’s.

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Many people choose to make charitable gifts in their wills. This is not only an amazing way to support the charities you value, but it can also reduce the inheritance tax (IHT) paid on your estate when you die, from 40% to 36%.

Marwan has been a regular donor to Queen's since graduating, and has chosen to support Queen's through pledging a gift in his will. Learn more about his reasons why.


A legacy gift of £184,000 received in 2021, will springboard research carried out by Dr Denise Fitzgerald and her team in the Wellcome Wolfson Centre for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s.

14 April, 2021

The Development and Alumni Office at Queen’s has teamed up with Bequeathed, a free will writing service, to make it as easy as possible to leave your legacy gift to Queen’s and make a difference.

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17 May, 2020

Lorna Sloan, who began her studies in Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast in 1973, travelled to South Africa on her elective – an experience that has left an indelible mark on her ever since. This is her legacy story…

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3 December, 2020

Professor Dame Ingrid Victoria Allen, a distinguished medical graduate, Honorary Graduate, Professor Emerita and Honorary Professor of Neuropathology at Queen’s University Belfast, passed away aged 87 on 21 April 2020.

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3 December, 2020

Peter Derby graduated from Queen's in 1961 with a 1st Class honours in Mathematics. He joined Scottish Widows in Edinburgh and qualified as an actuary in 1965, becoming only the second known actuary from Northern Ireland.

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3 December, 2020

Thanks to a legacy gift from University alumna Menda Lambrinudi, the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s has initiated a project to create an immersive space to research and treat mental health problems.

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24 September, 2020

Thanks to a legacy gift from a Queen’s University alumnus, seven major cancer research projects which were put on hold due to grant cuts, are able to restart.

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2 September, 2020

Aussie alumnus supports future generations of engineers

18 May, 2020

Thanks to an unrestricted legacy gift from University alumnus Alexander Leckey from Belfast, a team of researchers at Queen’s University Belfast has initiated a leading-edge research project to address how COVID-19 affects children.

19 May, 2020

A diverse range of applications were received in January 2020 for the Jean Crawford Cochrane Scholarship Award, with the panel eventually deciding on Dearbhile Livingstone from Belfast as the successful applicant.

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Throughout an exceptional career as a distinguished Arctic scientist, Moira Dunbar broke through barriers traditionally placed on her gender and blazed a trail for women in science and research.

19 May, 2020

A hugely generous legacy gift from graduate, Carol Crozier from Carrickfergus, is supporting ground-breaking cardiovascular research at Queen’s.