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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 and the Articles of Government, which came into operation on 21 September 2015; previous versions of the Instrument and Articles can be located here. The Clerk is responsible for compliance with standards of best practice in corporate governance as detailed within the Committee of University Chairs’ Higher Education Code of 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  (charity number XN85208) . 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 Higher Education code of Governance published by the Committee of University Chairs recommends that universities evaluate the effectiveness of their governing bodies not less than every four 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
Mr Mike Kapur 

De Montfort Students' Union Limited


Ms Suzanne Overton-Edwards Leicester Arts Centre 2013
Ms Hilary Carty Horniman Museum 2011

View the full Register of Interests of the Board of Governors.

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

See the university's most recently published statement of 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, December 2011 to June 2013July 2013 to June 2014 and July 2014 to August 2015.

VC travel and hotel costs 2013-14

Financial performance information for students for the year ending 31 July 2015

Executive Board expenses for 2013/14 and 2014/15

Slavery and Human Trafficking

Read our Slavery and Human Trafficking statement.


Read our Counter-Extremism strategy.


The Transparent Approach to Costing (TRAC) , formerly known as the Transparency Review is a government initiative introduced following the comprehensive spending review (CSR) in 1998. 


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 Legal Services at the above address. 

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