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Regulatory and charitable information

The Clerk to the Board of Governors oversees the functioning of the Board and its sub-committees in accordance with the Instrument|, Articles of Government| and the Committee of University Chairs and has responsibility for compliance with standards of best practice in corporate governance.

The university is a Higher Education Corporation by virtue of the Education Reform Act 1988. The university's full legal name is De Montfort University Higher Education Corporation but it operates under its preferred name 'De Montfort University'.

Powers of the Higher Education Corporation

Under s.124(1) of the Education Reform Act 1988, the university has the power to:

  • Provide higher education
  • Provide further education
  • Carry out research and publish the results of such research

Section 124(2) of the Education Reform Act 1988 permits the university to do anything which appears to the trustees to be necessary or expedient for the purpose of providing higher and further education and research. In addition, there is a general power to do anything incidental to the conduct of an educational institution providing higher or further education, including the giving of prizes, grants and scholarships.

Charitable status

As a Higher Education Corporation, the university is listed as an exempt charity under Schedule 2 of the Charities Act 1993. This means that for its charitable activities the university benefits from the status of a charity but it is not registered with the Charity Commission. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is responsible for ensuring that those English universities that are exempt charities fulfil their obligations under charity law.

Effectiveness of the governing body

The Governance Code of Practice published by the Committee of University Chairs recommends that universities evaluate the effectiveness of their governing bodies not less than every 5 years. The findings of our most recent review can be viewed here|.

The university's trustees

The Board of Governors of the university is its trustee board and the Governors are the university's trustees. A full note on members of the university's Board of Governors can be viewed in our Board of Governors gallery|. A note of the other charity trusteeships held by members of the Board of Governors is provided below.

Governor trusteeships
Name of Governor Organisation 

Trustee since

Lord Waheed Alli

Elton John AIDS Foundation               

Family Planning Association 

Naz Foundation

The Albert Kennedy Trust 

Miss Christine Hancock  House of St Barnabas  2007
Mr Mike Kapur 

Leicester Sports Partnership Trust

De Montfort Students' Union Limited




Ms Suzanne Overton-Edwards Leicester Arts Centre 2013
Mr Ian Warrington De Montfort Students' Union Limited  2012
Ms Hilary Carty Horniman Museum 2011


To view the full register of interests of the Board of Governors, please click here|.

Constitutional documents

The university's primary constitutional documents are:

(i) The Instrument|; and
(ii) The Articles of Government|

The university also operates in accordance with the Statement of Primary Responsibilities|.

Code of Practice between De Montfort University and De Montfort Students' Union Limited

Section 22(3) of the Education Act 1994 requires Universities to have a Code of Practice| detailing how it will ensure that its Students' Union operates in a fair and democratic manner and is accountable for its finances.

Financial statements

The Annual Report| contains the most recent published statement of the university's annual accounts.

The Vice-Chancellor is also committed to publishing details of his personal expenses, you can view a breakdown of all expenses from July 2010 to November 2011| and December 2011 to June 2013|.


The contact address for the university is:

De Montfort University
The Gateway

Queries relating to the charitable status of the university should be addresses, in the first instance, to the Head of Governance and Legal Affairs at the above address. 

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