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We have a continuing requirement for human bodies for the purposes of anatomical examination, education, training and research and are greatly indebted to the public-spirited individuals who bequeath their bodies in this way.

We use the human bodies that are bequeathed to us to teach anatomy to around 2,000 medical, dental and science students each year.

We hold an annual Service of Thanksgiving in memory of those who have bequeathed their bodies to the University in the previous academic year. The service is unrelated to the final committal or funeral service of any individual and is intended as an opportunity for the generous actions of the donors to be acknowledged.

How to bequeath your body

Bequeathing your body is not the same as donating organs for transplantation. If you wish to donate organs for transplantation, you should carry a donor card, available from your GP, some hospitals and chemists.

If you carry a donor card, you can still bequeath your body for teaching and research. If organs are removed for transplantation at the time of death, however, this may preclude acceptance of the bequeathal.

It is important that, if you wish to bequeath your body, you should discuss your wishes with your relatives or executor(s). You have the right to withdraw your donation at any time by contacting us at the address/telephone number on the bequeathal form.

Forms for bequeathal can be obtained from the Bequeathals Administrator.

Bequeathals Administrator
3.614 Stopford Building 
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PT

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5241