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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. 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 3 of the Charities Act 2011 (HMRC 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 the 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. Further details about the university's Board of Governors can be viewed in our Board of Governors gallery. Details of other charity trusteeships held by members of the Board of Governors is provided below.

Governor trusteeships
Name of Governor Organisation Trustee since
Mr Alan Charlton Educa 2017
Mr Mike Kapur Warning Zone 2015

View the full Register of Interests of the Board of Governors and the university's Executive Board.

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

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

See the university's most recently published statement of annual accounts:

The Vice-Chancellor is also committed to publishing details of his personal expenses, view a breakdown of his expenses for the academic year 2015/16.

The cost of the Vice-Chancellor’s international travel for the academic year 2015/16.

Executive Board expenses for the academic year 2015/16.

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.

De Montfort University's Access Agreements

Any university or college in the UK that charge tuition fees for home/EU undergraduates, must have an access agreement approved by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). Access agreements cover full-time students and (from 2012-13) part-time students studying at an intensity of at least 25 per cent of a full-time course.

An access agreement sets out a university or college’s fee limits and the access measures it intends to put in place e.g. outreach widening participation work and financial support packages.  

De Montfort University’s 2018-19 Access Agreement has now received approval from the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). 

You can find a full record of previous De Montfort University’s Access Agreements on the OFFA website.


The contact address for the university is:

De Montfort University
The Gateway

Queries relating to the charitable status of the university should be addressed, in the first instance, to the Head of Legal Services at the above address. 

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