Leave a Gift in Your Will

Leaving a gift in your Will is a meaningful way to create a lasting legacy.

If you are considering leaving a gift to the University of Adelaide in your Will, we will work closely with you to ensure your intentions and wishes are fulfilled. Perhaps you would like to enrich future student experiences, establish a scholarship fund or invest in cancer research.

Your bequest can be: 

  • a residual amount (for example, a share or percentage of your estate)
  • a specific dollar amount
  • a piece of personal property

Celebrating legacies

A legacy of support for women and music

Mrs Doris West graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Arts in 1921. She was particularly concerned with the interests of women graduates, both nationally and internationally. A keen music lover, she frequently attended Elder Hall concerts.

When Doris died in 1990, she left a bequest of approximately $750,000 to the University.

Her legacy enabled the establishment of the "Doris West Postgraduate Scholarships for Women", which provide opportunities to high-achieving female students across all disciplines at the University.

Doris' legacy also supports the Elder Hall Lunchtime Concert series, keeping admission prices for the concerts to a minimum and maintaining the extraordinary quality of artists and concerts. The popularity and prestige of this series plays a vital role in representing the University of Adelaide to the wider community.

Celebrating Sir Thomas Elder

Sir Thomas Elder was one of our founding donors. He made a number of gifts across his lifetime and a final gift in his Will.

Although Sir Elder died in 1897, the impact of his generosity is still felt today across the School of Medicine and the School of Music. The Elder Conservatorium of Music was named in his honour in 1898.

In 1883, Sir Thomas also established a scholarship for South Australian students at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London.  Further monies were donated to the University from various donors to support the student in receipt of the Scholarship at RCM.  This fund is known as "The Elder Overseas Scholarship", and continues today as one of the University's most prestigious music scholarships.

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  • Hughes Society

    The Hughes Society is named in honour of one of the first donors to the University, Sir Walter Watson Hughes. We created the Society to acknowledge our generous benefactors who continue this tradition.

    The Society brings together members for a wide range of social, cultural and academic occasions. It offers opportunities to meet like-minded people and engage a dynamic community of students, staff, alumni and donors.

    If you have planned a gift to the University in your Will, we encourage you to let us know so that we have the opportunity to:

    • recognise your intended support during your lifetime
    • invite you to Society events 
    • keep you informed about your areas of interest

    It also gives us the opportunity to thank you for your generous support which will contribute to ground-breaking research, and will help prepare our students to become the inspiring leaders of tomorrow.

    For a confidential, obligation-free discussion about leaving a gift in your Will to the University, please contact our Development team on +61 8 8313 5800 or development@adelaide.edu.au

  • Suggested wording for your Will

    When considering making a gift to the University in your Will, we recommend that you seek independent legal advice. The following guidelines may be helpful for you, used in consultation with your advisers when drafting your Will.

    Unrestricted bequest

    I give [my estate] or [portion/the residue of my estate] or [the sum of $____] to the University of Adelaide for its general purposes. I declare that the receipt of the authorised officer of the University for the gift shall be sufficient discharge to my trustees.

    Specific purpose bequest

    I give [my estate] or [portion/the residue of my estate] or [the sum of $____] to the University of Adelaide and I express the wish without creating a binding trust that the funds be used and applied for the purposes of ________ or if the purpose no longer exists then for a similar purpose at the discretion of the Council of the University of Adelaide and I declare that the receipt of the authorised officer of the University for the gift shall be sufficient discharge to my trustees.


    For more information contact our Development team on +61 8 8313 5800 or email development@adelaide.edu.au.

  • Get in touch

    My legacy intentions

    If you are considering making a gift in your Will, we encourage you to have a confidential discussion with us about your philanthropic interests and intentions to support the University of Adelaide. You can reach our Development team on +61 8 8313 5800 or development@adelaide.edu.au.

    Your information is treated in the strictest confidence and does not imply a legal commitment of any kind.

    You are not required to complete every section of this form and any intentions you specify are not legally binding.