Charitable status

The University of Manchester’s status as an exempt charity (exemption number: XR82062) is derived from the Charities Act 2011. We are responsible to the Office for Students, 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 this extract (PDF document, 392KB) from the financial statements for the year ended July 2019 for further information on how the University fulfils its public benefit responsibilities.

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 2019.

Trustees of the University

The trustees of the University as at 1 September 2019 were as follows:

Category 1, ex officio members (2) 

  • Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, DBE, DL, BSc, PhD, DSc, FRS, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP (Hon), FRSA, President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Mr Kwame Asamoah Kwarteng HND, BSc, MSc General Secretary of the Students’ Union  

Category 2, lay members (13) 

  • Mr Edward M Astle, MA, MBA, Chair (2021)
  • Mrs Ann Barnes, BA (Hons), Diploma IHM (2023)
  • Mr Gary Buxton, MBE, BA (Hons) ACC (2021)
  • Mr Michael Crick, BA (2021)
  • Mr Colin Gillespie, BSc, FCA (2022)
  • Mr Nick Hillman, MA (2022)
  • Mrs Caroline Johnstone BA, CA (2023)
  • Mrs Bridget Lea, BA (Hons) (2023)
  • Dr Neil McArthur, MBE, CEng, FIMechE, FIET (2022)
  • Mr Robin Phillips, BA (Hons) (2020)
  • Mr Andrew Spinoza, BA, MCIPR (2021)
  • Mr Richard Solomons, BA (Econ) (Hons) (2021)
  • Mrs Alice Webb, MEng, Hon DA (2021) 

Category 3, members of the Senate (6) 

Category 4, members of staff other than academic or research staff (1) 

  • Ms Rosalyn Webster, BA MA (2022) 

Category 5, student member (1) 

The following members of the Board of Governors have declared trusteeships as follows:

Professor Claire Alexander Trustee and Vice Chair, Stuart Hall Foundation
Trustee of the Active Communities Network
Mr Edward Astle Trustee and Chair, UpREach
Mrs Ann Barnes Trustee and Chair, Kinder Children’s Choir
Professor Danielle George Trustee, The Institution of Engineering and Technology 
Mr Nick Hillman Trustee, Nfer
Mr Kwame Asamoah Kwarteng Trustee Board Chair, University of Manchester Students’ Union
Dr Neil McArthur
Chairman, Trustee, Hamilton Davies Trust 
Chairman, Trustee, Manchester Tech Trust
Mrs Alice Webb Trustee of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Ms Rosalyn Webster Trustee, Burnage Academy for Boys

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