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 Since 1 April 2018 HEFCE has been replaced by the Office for Students (OfS) as the principal regulator, however the new regulatory framework does not come fully into force until 1 August 2019.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. The Charter, and accompanying Statutes, set out the powers and purpose of the University and define how it is governed. The Charter and Statutes also form the basis of the University’s Ordinances and Regulations, which set out, in detail, the rules of conduct for University business.
The Charter and Statutes are maintained by the Council and any amendments require the approval of the Privy Council (a formal body of advisers to the Sovereign of the UK).
The current version of the Charter and Statutes were amended with effect from 13 February 2019. The amendments followed a review of the University’s Governing Instruments in 2018/19, which aimed to modernise and simplify the University’s governing documents. The current version of the Charter and Statutes can be found here.
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 can be found below, together with information on the other charities (if any) of which they are also trustees.
|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
|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|