Supporting research at Sussex

Your legacy to Sussex could enable world changing research

RM Phillips portrait

Reginald Phillips (1887–1977) was a self-made man who built an innovative property development business in London’s West End during the inter-war years.

He took great interest in the establishment of the new University of Sussex, which he had heard much about through being a Brighton resident and a friend of the University’s first Pro-Vice-Chancellor (and later Vice-Chancellor) Lord Asa Briggs.

He established the RM Phillips Charitable Foundation, and upon his death, gave his entire estate to the University. 

Reginald’s interest in scientific research led to the creation of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at Sussex, now a world-leading department that advises governments in countries across the world. He also invested heavily in technologies for the education of deaf, blind and partially-sighted children and donated towards research into Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Reginald Phillip’s far-sighted generosity and commitment to research continues to fund activities at Sussex. For example, the RM Phillips Charitable Foundation has made many generous investments in the School of Life Sciences, helping to purchase powerful state-of-the-art microscopes and other equipment essential for our scientists to work on new treatments and therapies for diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.


I am extremely grateful to the R M Phillips Charitable Foundation. This is not just an investment in equipment, it is an investment in the development of early treatments in life-saving drugs for people around the world.” Professor Laurence Pearl
Former Head of the School of Life Sciences

Sharing your vision

If you are considering providing, or have already decided to provide a gift to Sussex by way of a legacy, we would be grateful if you could take a moment to print out and fill in our pledge form [PDF 894.11KB]. This is by no means legally binding, but offers us vital assistance with our long-term financial planning and also allows time to make sure that any wishes you have can be fully implemented long into the future.

You might also be interested in: