Create a Lasting Legacy

Throughout the history of UCD, philanthropic support from alumni has had a profound effect on future generations of students and has made UCD what it is today. We know that it takes a combination of the best students, teachers, state-of-the-art facilities, world-class programmes and technology to be a truly leading university. We hope you have enjoyed many years of happy attachment to your University, your life having been enriched by your time in UCD. 

Legacy gifts, big and small, are very important to the University, strengthening UCD’s ability to grasp emerging opportunities and respond to evolving needs and priorities as we work towards our long-term vision.

We ask you to please consider leaving a gift to UCD in your Will so that you can leave an enduring legacy that will help to shape tomorrow’s world, and extend your charitable giving beyond your lifetime.

Legacy at UCD
Information Brochure

A guide to leaving a gift to UCD in your Will (including frequently asked questions).


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Support your Passion

A Legacy donation in your Will can reflect your personal interests or the areas of University life that you particularly wish to support. You may wish to establish a scholarship, support a particular school or college, or fund an area of research close to your heart.  Perhaps you want to enhance the experience for all in the University by supporting the continuing development of the campus. By leaving a planned gift in your Will, you are making a lasting difference to the future of the University, ensuring your legacy is secured.

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1 A Gift for Future Generations
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2 A Gift for Life-Changing Research
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3 Reimagining Our Campus

Donor Story: Lorna Keegan-Pettifor

My husband, Kelvin, and I made a decision in the last couple of years to leave a legacy donation in our Will to UCD, and specifically to support students in UCD School of Veterinary Medicine. We are both retired from farming and are passionate about animal welfare and the preservation of rare breeds, farm animals and threatened species. Looking back, I am proud of what I have done in my life. My husband and I live on our smallholding in beautiful County Tipperary, where I work as an animal portrait artist and care for our Anglo-Nubian goats, Leghorn hens and seven cats.  

I would have loved to study to become a veterinarian but financial support was an obstacle for me. I left school at 16 to work and did not have the opportunity to go to university. As my legacy, I would like to give others the opportunity that I did not have.

Our legacy gift will provide financial support to veterinary students who experience financial hardship during their time at university. I understand the difficulty of balancing study with working, as I worked nights while taking classes to become a beauty therapist and Electrolysist, later a Lecturer in that subject and running my Clinic in advanced Electrical Epilation. Providing students with financial support so that they can concentrate on their studies is very important to me.

My passion for animal care stayed with me and I was asked to develop a City & Guilds course in animal handling and care. I tutored young people towards their careers working in all areas of animal care – farming, dog grooming, refuges, veterinary practices, pet shops, fisheries and general care at home – and I saw how additional support could help build their confidence. Our legacy gift will also support students wishing to specialise in their chosen field; for example, in the advancement of treating wild and endangered species.”

“We sincerely hope that our testimonial will aid people from all walks of life to consider giving a legacy gift to deserving students, after all young people are the future everywhere.”


Speak to our team about Legacy Giving at UCD

Should you wish to talk to us in confidence about including a legacy donation in your Will to UCD, we would be delighted to help.

Sheena McLoughlin
Sheena McLoughlin
Associate Director, Strategic Projects
Sheena McLoughlin is responsible for managing a variety of strategic projects and ...
Sheena McLoughlin
Sheena McLoughlin
Associate Director, Strategic Projects

Sheena McLoughlin is responsible for managing a variety of strategic projects and developing philanthropic relationships with UCD.