If you wish to tell us that you have remembered the University in your will, we would love to hear from you in order to thank you properly and keep you informed of how gifts in wills are impacting our students and staff through our annual Impact Report. As a small way of saying 'thank you' for your generosity we have established the Rowbotham Fellowship for anyone who has remembered the University in their will.
The Rowbotham Fellowship
In 1946, Birmingham dignitary Sir Samuel Rowbotham passed away leaving the bulk of his wealth to the University of Birmingham. Sir Samuel was the son of Thomas Rowbotham, whose construction company won the contracts to build most of the University’s red-brick campus at the turn of the 20th Century. Indeed, these contracts made Thomas Rowbotham wealthy enough to buy the chiming mechanism for Old Joe as a gift to the University. In recognition of Sir Samuel’s support, we have created the Rowbotham Fellowship. This is a special group for anyone who has remembered the University in their will. Members are invited to an exclusive reception on our beautiful Edgbaston campus, which usually coincides with the Baggs Happiness Lecture.
The Register of Bequests
If you have currently included the University in your will, we would be delighted to include your name in our leather-bound Register of Bequests. The Register, updated annually, is kept on permanent display outside the Great Hall and provides an excellent opportunity for us to raise awareness about legacy giving amongst the 80,000 visitors who pass by every year.