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Charitable status

The University of Manchester's status as an exempt charity is derived from the Charities Act 1993. We are responsible to HEFCE, which is charged, as our principal regulator, with monitoring our compliance with charity law obligations.

The University is aware of its responsibilities as a charity to act for the public benefit and has had due regard to the Charity Commission’s public benefit guidance. The objects of the University, as set out in the Royal Charter awarded in 2004, are “to advance education, knowledge and wisdom by research, scholarship, learning and teaching, for the benefit of individuals and society at large".

Corporate documents

Download the University Charter (PDF document, 21KB) or visit our corporate documents page to download our full financial statements, up to and including the year ended 31 July 2013.

Trustees of the University

The trustees of the University as at 1 September 2013 were as follows:

  • Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, FRS FMedSci, President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Ms Grace Skelton, General Secretary of the Students’ Union
  • Mr Anil Ruia, OBE, JP, DL, Chair of the Board of Governors
  • Mr Robert E Hough, DL, Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors
  • Mr Michael Crick, BA
  • Mr Stephen Dauncey, BSc, FCCA
  • Dame Susan Ion OBE, BSc, PhD, Feng, FIMMM, FINucE
  • Councillor Mohammed Afzal Khan CBE
  • Mr Paul Lee, DL, MA, LLM
  • Mrs Christine Lee-Jones, JP, DL, MA
  • Dr Neil McArthur MBE
  • Mr Neville Richardson, BA, FCA
  • Dr Brenda Smith, BA, MBA, Dlitt, ACA
  • Mr Andrew Spinoza, BA, MCIPR
  • Dr John Stageman, OBE, PhD
  • Dr Angela Strank
  • Professor Collette Fagan, PhD
  • Professor Maggie Gale, MA, PhD
  • Professor Andrew Gibson, MEng, PhD, DSc, FIET, SMIEEE, CEng
  • Dr Reinmar Hager, MSc, PhD
  • Dr Caroline Jay, BSc, PhD
  • Professor Chris Taylor OBE, BSc, PhD, FREng
  • Professor Pamela Vallely, BSc, PhD
  • Ms Iram Kiani, BA
  • Dr Pamila Sharma, BSc,MSc, PGDip, PhD, MBiol 

The following members of the Board of Governors have declared trusteeships as follows:

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor Member, Manchester International Festival Board
Professor Rod Coombs, Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor  Non Executive Director, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Colette Fagan Elected office, Chair of Board of Governors, Chorlton Church of England Primary School
Mr Robert E Hough Trustee, The Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust
Mr Paul Lee Chairman, Royal Exchange Theatre

Feoffee (Trustee), Chetham's School of Music
Mrs Christine Lee-Jones

Non-Executive Director, Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Foundation Trust

Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Charity

Henshaw Society for the Blind

Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Trust 

Dr Brenda Smith Non Executive Director, Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust
Ms Grace Skelton Trustee, University of Manchester Student’s Union

The University of Manchester completed a review of linked charities in 2011. The review resulted in the declaration in the financial statements of one linked charity – The Friends of the Whitworth. Further information is available at

The correspondence address of the University is:

The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL