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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 2016.

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 2016.

Trustees of the University

The trustees of the University as at 1 September 2016 were as follows:

  • Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, FRS, FMedSci, President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Ms Naa Acquah, General Secretary of the Students’ Union
  • Ms Dapo Ajayi, BPharm
  • Mr Edward M Astle, MA, MBA, Chair
  • Mr Gary Buxton, BA, MBE
  • Mr Michael Crick, BA
  • Mr Colin Gillespie, BSc, FCA
  • Dame Susan Ion, OBE, BSc, PhD Feng, FIMMM, FINucE, Deputy Chair
  • Mr Paul Lee, DL, MA, LLM
  • Dr Neil McArthur, MBE, CEng, FIMechE, FIET
  • Ms Isabelle Perrett, MA
  • Mr Robin Phillips, BA
  • Mr Andrew Spinoza, BA, MCIPR
  • Dr John Stageman, OBE, PhD
  • Dr Angela Strank, BSc, PhD
  • Mr Nick Hillman, MA
  • Professor Colette Fagan PhD
  • Professor Danielle George, MBE, PhD
  • Dr Caroline Jay BSc, PhD
  • Professor Silvia Massini, PhD
  • Professor Cathy McCrohan, MA, DPhil
  • Dr Christine Rogers, PhD
  • Professor Chris Taylor, OBE, BSc, PhD, FREng
  • Mr Shumit Mandal
  • Ms Rosalyn Webster




    Ms Naa Acquah

    Trustee, University of Manchester Students' Union

    Mr Edward Astle

    Vice-Chair, Shannon Trust

    Mr Paul Lee

    Chairman, Royal Exchange Theatre Feoffee (Trustee), Chetham's School of Music

    Dr Neil McArthur

    Chairman, Trustee, Hamilton Davies Trust

    Dr John Stageman

    Chairman of Trustees, MRCT

    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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