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Making a difference

Lady Noreen Murray CBE, FRS, FRSE was an honorary graduate of Warwick who was recognised internationally as being one of Britain’s most distinguished and highly respected molecular geneticists, having pioneered the development of recombinant DNA technology.

Warwick can help you leave a fitting legacy to you and your family.

Working with her husband, Professor Sir Kenneth Murray, Noreen developed a vaccine against hepatitis B, the first genetically-engineered vaccine approved for human use. This wife and husband team also recognised the commercial value of genetic engineering and was instrumental in the foundation of Biogen, one of the world’s most successful biotechnology companies.

Before she sadly died in May 2011, Noreen made provision for a legacy gift to Warwick in her will.

In keeping with Noreen’s own passion for academic endeavour, the University has decided to use this gift to support the development of junior researchers (those in their first substantive academic post at Assistant Professor level) by providing funding to support research in the following areas:

  • Microbiology, including the application of novel technologies.
  • Biotechnology related to various biomedical applications.
  • The development of new genetic approaches to studying human disease.

As a direct result of this legacy, outstanding early career researchers will now explore how to better understand campylobacter and e-coli bacteria and investigate how, as we live in an increasingly urban society without exposure to sunlight, we could develop personalised regulation of vitamin D intake.

This competition demonstrates very clearly what a difference a legacy can make. Through this generous gift, Warwick has been able to offer an opportunity to outstanding early career researchers that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible.

Legacy giving presents the opportunity to do something truly exceptional, in a field that matters deeply to you, that you might not be able to do during your lifetime.

Perhaps this article has prompted you to consider how you might want to celebrate your life. If so, please consider including the University of Warwick in your will. Whether it’s to support our work in cancer research, to ensure that all high potential students can access a Warwick education, or it’s the arts that are your passion, Warwick can help you leave a fitting legacy to you and your family.

Once you have provided for family and loved ones, please consider leaving a gift to Warwick in your will. We are very grateful for the gifts we receive (whatever their size), especially since we appreciate that the decision to include Warwick is a very personal one.

In some cases, leaving a legacy allows individuals to make a contribution at a level that accurately reflects their fondness for Warwick which they were perhaps unable to make during their lifetime. For more information, visit or email


Interesting stuff

The genetic revolution: a talk by Professor Peter Donnelly, University of Oxford


What advances has the mapping of the human genome led to? Professor Peter Donnelly visited the Warwick Systems Biology Centre to talk about the way in which developments in genetics and genomics have impacted on human health, and why we’re not as different from chimpanzees as we may have thought.