The University is an exempt charity. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) was the “principal regulator” for charity law purposes of those English universities which were exempt charities between 1 June 2010 and 31 March 2018. Since 1 April 2018 HEFCE has been replaced by the Office for Students (OfS) as the principal regulator, however the new regulatory framework does not come fully into force until 1 August 2019. The University continues to be an exempt charity under these new regulatory arrangements.
The OfS set out a number of information requirements on institutions with exempt charity 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
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.
The University Council has proposed a number of further changes to the Charter and Statutes which will be considered by the Privy Council in February 2019.
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 2019 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 2018 is available on the Trustees web page.
|Member of Council||Charities of which Members are Trustees|
|The Pro-Chancellors:||Chair: Sir David Normington||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||The Faraday Institute; University of Warwick Foundation Trust|
|Up to four academic members of the Senate, appointed by the Senate:||Professor Daniel Branch|
|Dr Dave Britnell|
|Professor Andrew Lockett|
|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:||Anita Bhalla||Children's University; Saintbury Trust|
|Dr John Ferrie|
|Noel Gordon||Free Me; User Voice|
|Dr Deborah Keith|
|Adrian Penfold||Design South East|
|Neil Sachdev||Imperial College Students' Union|
|The President of the Union of Students:||Liam Jackson||Warwick SU|
|One student elected by the Union of Students:||Ben Newsham||Warwick SU|