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Charitable status

The University of Manchester’s status as an exempt charity is derived from the Charities Act 2011. We are responsible to the Office for Students, which is charged, as our principal regulator, with monitoring its 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".

  • Download our statement on public benefit (PDF document, 392KB), extracted from the financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2017.

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 2017.

Trustees of the University

The trustees of the University as at 1 September 2018 were as follows:

Category 1, ex officio members (2) 

  • Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, DBE, DL, BSc, PhD, DSc, FRS, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP (Hon), FRSA, President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Ms Fatima Abid, BSc (Hons), General Secretary of the Students’ Union  

Category 2, lay members (14) 

  • Mr Edward M Astle, MA, MBA, Chair (2019)
  • Mrs Ann Barnes, BA (Hons), Diploma IHM (2020)
  • Mr Gary Buxton, MBE, BA (Hons.) MIoD (2021)
  • Mr Michael Crick, BA (2021)
  • Mr Colin Gillespie, BSc, FCA (2020)
  • Mr Nick Hillman, MA (2020)
  • Mrs Bridget Lea, BA (Hons) (2020)
  • Mr Paul Lee, DL, MA, LLM (2019)
  • Dr Neil McArthur, MBE, CEng, FIMechE, FIET (2019)
  • Mr Robin Phillips, BA (Hons) (2020)
  • Mr Andrew Spinoza, BA, MCIPR (2021)
  • Dr John Stageman, OBE, PhD, CChem, FRSB (2020)
  • Mr Richard Solomons, BA (Econ) (Hons), ACA (2021)
  • Mrs Alice Webb, MEng, Hon DA (2021) 

Category 3, members of the Senate (7) 

  • Professor Aneez Esmail, PhD, MRCGP, MFPHM, FRCP (2020)
  • Professor Danielle George, MBE, BSc, PhD , FIET (2019)
  • Dr Reinmar Hager, MSc, PhD (2020)
  • Dr Steven Jones, PhD, PFHEA (2021)
  • Professor Silvia Massini, Laurea, MSc, PhD (2019)
  • Professor Nalin Thakkar, BDS, MSc, PhD, FRCPath (2020)
  • Dr Delia Vazquez, BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD (2021) 

Category 4, members of staff other than academic or research staff (2) 

  • Mr Shumit Mandal, BSc (2019)
  • Ms Rosalyn Webster, BA MA (2019) 

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

NameTrusteeships
Ms Fatima Abid Trustee, University of Manchester Students’ Union
Mr Edward Astle Vice-Chair, Shannon Trust 
Mrs Ann Barnes Trustee and Chair, Kinder Children’s Choir
Professor Aneez Esmail Trustee, Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust
Professor Danielle George Trustee, The Institution of Engineering and Technology 
Mr Nick Hillman Trustee, Nfer
Mr Paul Lee
Chairman, Opera North
Chair of Feoffees (Trustee), Chetham's School of Music
Trustee, Access Sport
Dr Neil McArthur
Chairman, Trustee, Hamilton Davies Trust 
Chairman, Trustee, Manchester Tech Trust
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell Trustee and member, UK Dementia Research Institute
Mr Richard Solomons Trustee, Mission Motorsport
Dr John Stageman Chairman of Trustees, LifeArc
Mrs Alice Webb Trustee, BBC Children in Need
Ms Rosalyn Webster Trustee, Burnage Academy for Boys

Linked charities

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.

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