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The University's Charitable Status

The University is an exempt charity. Since 1 June 2010, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) was the “principal regulator” for charity law purposes of those English universities which are exempt charities. Since 1 April 2018 HEFCE has been replaced by the Office for Students (OfS) as the main regulator, however the new regulatory framework does not come fully into force until 1 August 2019.

The HEFCE set out a number of information requirements on institutions with this status and this information is provided as follows:

1. Name and Address

The legal name and correspondence address of the University of Warwick is as follows:

University of Warwick
Coventry
CV4 8UW

2. Charter and Statutes

The University's legal status derives from a Royal Charter originally granted in March 1965. Its objects, powers and framework of governance are set out in the Charter and supporting Statutes. The Charter and Statutes have not been amended since those in force in 2009-10, and can be found at Charter and Statutes.

Changes to the Charter and Statutes

The University submitted a request to the Privy Council to make revisions to its Charter and Statutes, including the abolition of the Court and removal of the Statute on the University Librarian. The Privy Council with the Queen in session granted final approval of the proposed amendments on 15 October 2009 and these changes are incorporated in the version available above.

3. Financial Statements

The University's financial statements can be found on the Statutory Accounts web page. The University's public benefit statement is included in the financial statements.

The financial statements include information in relation to the University's linked charity, University of Warwick Foundation Trust. Further information about the University of Warwick Foundation Trust is also available on the Warwick Foundation web page.

4. Governing Body

The governing body of the University is the Council and its members, who are its trustees, on 31 January 2018 can be found below, together with information on the other charities (if any) of which they are also trustees. The membership of the Council as at 31 January 2017 is available on the Trustees web page.

  Member of Council Charities of which Members are Trustees
The Pro-Chancellors: Chair: Sir David Normington National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; University of Warwick Foundation Trust
  Vice-Chair: Viki Cooke The Climate Group; Hubbub Enterprise; Hubbub Foundation
The Vice-Chancellor and President: Professor Stuart Croft University of Warwick Foundation Trust
The Treasurer: Keith Bedell-Pearce University of Warwick Foundation Trust
The Provost: Professor Christine Ennew  
The Pro-Vice-Chancellors: Professor Christopher Hughes  
  Professor Simon Swain University of Warwick Foundation Trust
  Professor Pamela Thomas Alan Turing Institute; University of Warwick Foundation Trust
Up to four academic members of the Senate, appointed by the Senate: Professor Daniel Branch  
  Professor Aileen Clarke  
  Professor Laura Green  
  Professor Lesley Roberts  
One member of the non-academic staff of the University appointed by the Senate: Andrea Pulford  
Such other persons not being members of the academic staff or salaried officers or students of the University and not exceeding 11 (such that the total independent representation, including ex-officio membership, shall not exceed 14 in all), appointed by the Council: Dr Neil Bentley  
Anita Bhalla Children's University; Saintbury Trust
Dr John Ferrie  
Kamini Gadhok  
Noel Gordon Free Me; User Voice
Paul Kehoe  
Dr Deborah Keith  
Joan MacNaughton The Climate Group; James Hutton Institute
Adrian Penfold Design South East
Neil Sachdev Imperial College Students' Union
Gail Tucker  
The President of the Union of Students: Hope Worsdale Warwick SU
One student elected by the Union of Students: Michael Kynaston Warwick SU