Many of our alumni and friends consider leaving a gift in their will to Aston University and being part of our future. These gifts are an important way of continuing to provide life-changing educational experiences and supporting innovative research which makes a real and lasting impact on society.

Making a will is one of the most important considerations of our lifetime. It is a time to reflect and consider what means most to us now and in the future, and an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the people and causes closest to us. 

By planning ahead you can make sure your wishes are fulfilled. Your gift will transform the lives of future generations. Thank you.

Why make a will?

Making a will is one of the most important things we can do - after all it determines how our most personal possessions and hard-earned savings will be shared.  It is often a simple and inexpensive process. But failure to make a will can pose major difficulties for those left behind, for instance, by paying more tax than necessary. Your estate - money, other assets and possessions - could be distributed according to the law rather than your wishes. It is particularly important to leave instructions if you own property. 

Information about making a will is available from the Law Society of England and Wales, the Law Society of Scotland and the Law Society of Northern Ireland. If you are resident outside the UK, we recommend that you seek advice from the relevant professional body in your home country. 

We recommend that you consult a solicitor or professional advisor in the drafting or amending of your will. Some solicitors offer a free service in return for a donation to charity, for instance, those participating in Will Aid during November. 

Peter Roberts

Peter N Roberts

Peter's Story

Peter entered Aston University via a non-traditional academic route and he was also the first in his immediate family to attend a university. His preference would have been to study Electrical or Electronic Engineering but circumstances necessitated him accepting sponsorship for a Mechanical Engineering course. He faced some academic challenges but he persevered and graduated in 1968.


After he graduated, changing market requirements for his employer meant that Peter was able to move slowly into his preferred field of Electronic Engineering. Peter went on to enjoy a multifaceted forty year career in the aerospace industry, both here in the U.K. and then subsequently in Canada where he now lives.  In 2010 he established the Peter N Roberts Bursary to help support students who share his passion for engineering.

Woodcock Society

If you are planning to leave a gift to Aston in your will, we would be delighted to welcome you as a member of the Woodcock Society – a group of pioneer alumni and friends who want to build a living legacy for future generations of Aston students.