A gift in your will

Leaving a legacy is a precious gift. After you have provided for your loved ones, it helps to ensure that the things you are passionate about can continue to be supported, long into the future.

We are grateful to everyone who has joins our 1966 Society by leaving a legacy to the University. Donors like Brian and Margaret Roper, long-time supporters and friends of the University, whose contribution was literally set in stone with the naming of the Roper Student Services Centre.

The Roper Legacy

It’s the first time that we have named a part of the University after an individual donor, which reflects the lasting impact they have both made. Brian and Margaret’s philanthropy is truly exceptional, with wide-ranging gifts of over half a million pounds. So far, their scholarship fund has supported 166 students from low income backgrounds and the Ropers have taken a personal interest in each and every one.

“I remember asking Brian why he strove to help others and his answer was simply, ‘Why not?’. Meeting the Ropers and seeing how modest they are has taught me to fully appreciate all the opportunities I receive.”

Rebecca Whysall, Roper scholar

Brian set up his company, Roper Rhodes Ltd, in Bath in 1979. The company became the UK’s leading independent supplier of bathroom furniture and Brian became well known locally as one of Bath’s major employers. He received an MBE in 2008 for the support he gave to a wide variety of local charities, and in 2009 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration by the University.

Sadly, Brian passed away in May 2014 and is greatly missed by everyone who knew him. The Roper Student Services Centre will ensure his, and Margaret’s, legacy lives on at the University.