Alumnus Dr Neil Cross is the first donor to contribute towards the match-funding scheme.

Exeter receives large legacy

The University of Exeter has received one of its biggest ever legacy donations from a Devon resident. 

Carlota Palmer left £881,000 to the University following her death at the age of 99. Although she had not had the opportunity of attending an institution of higher learning, she had always placed a high value on education. She was aware that the University was an institution local to her with high standards and an excellent reputation and she wished to make a difference to society through supporting able graduates to higher attainment in postgraduate studies and research in maths and the sciences over the years to come. 

The University has also devised a match-funding scheme for aspects of the scholarship programme, which is open to all alumni and supporters to contribute towards and will ensure the generous legacy benefits even more people in the future.

Alumnus Dr Neil Cross FCIS (Chemistry 1966 - pictured) is the Chairman of BMT Group Ltd and with a gift of £40, 000 is the first donor to contribute towards the programme.

“As an alumnus I wanted to give something back to Exeter, something which would also make a difference to society in the future. I am delighted to be able to help support future generations of talented postgraduate researchers,” he said.

“I was attracted to the match-funding opportunities available through the Carlota Palmer Legacy Fund because combining our resources will make an even greater difference.”  

University of Exeter Provost Professor Janice Kay said: “The generosity of Carlota Palmer and the match-funding from Neil Cross means we can support even more postgraduates here at Exeter. Our research is among the best in the world and our postgraduate researchers are helping to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time.” 

The first PhD students to receive support from the legacy will start at the University during the 2015/16 academic year.

Find out more about leaving a legacy to Exeter.  

Date: 22 January 2015

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