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 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 2015.

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 2015.

Trustees of the University

The trustees of the University as at 31 January 2016 were as follows:

  • Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, FRS, FMedSci, President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Ms Naa Acquah, General Secretary of the Students’ Union
  • Mr Anil Ruia, OBE, JP, DL, Chair of the Board of Governors
  • Dame Susan Ion OBE, BSc, PhD, Feng, FIMMM, FINucE, Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors
  • Ms Dapo Ajayi, BPharm
  • Mr Edward M Astle, MA, MBA
  • Mr Gary Buxton, BA, MBE
  • Mr Michael Crick, BA
  • Mr Colin Gillespie, BSc, FCA
  • Mr Paul Lee, DL, MA, LLM
  • Mrs Christine Lee-Jones, JP, DL, MA
  • Dr Neil McArthur, MBE
  • Mr Andrew Spinoza, BA, MCIPR
  • Dr John Stageman, OBE, PhD
  • Dr Angela Strank
  • Professor Colette Fagan, PhD
  • Dr Caroline Jay, BSc, PhD
  • Professor Cathy McCrohan, MA, DPhil
  • Dr Christine Rogers, PhD
  • Professor Liz Sheffield, BSc, PhD
  • Professor Chris Taylor, OBE, BSc, PhD, FREng
  • 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:

Mr Anil Ruia Non-Exec Director, Central Manchester Foundation Trust (CMFT)
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 Neil McArthur Chairman, Trustee, Hamilton Davies Trust
Dr John Stageman Chairman of Trustees, MRCT
Ms Iram Kiani Trustee, Whalley Range High School
Ms Naa Acquah Trustee, University of Manchester Students' Union

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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