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Charitable status

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The University is not a company and is therefore not registered as such.

The University is an exempt charity for the purposes of the Charities Act 2011. This means that, unlike most other charitable trusts, it is not required to be formally registered with the Charity Commission and does not have a registered charity number.

The Office for Students (OfS) became the principal regulator of higher education providers (including those which are exempt charities) on 1 April 2018, taking over from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).


The members of the University’s Board of Governors are also the Trustees of the University for the purposes of charity law. Information about the University’s trustees can be found on the Board of Governors page.

Constitutional documents

The main constitutional documents of the University are:

Published: 26 March 2021