Staffordshire University is a Higher Education Corporation by virtue of the Education Reform Act 1988. The University’s full legal name is Staffordshire University and the correspondence address is:
College RoadStoke-on-TrentStaffordshireST4 2DE
Under Section 124(1) of the Education Reform Act 1988, the University has power to:
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.
The University’s primary constitutional documents are:
(i) the Instrument of Government of Staffordshire University dated 5th March 1993 creating the Higher Education Corporation in accordance with section 124(3) and (4) and Schedules 7 and 7A of the 1988 Education Reform Act. The Instrument of Government details the constitution of the Higher Education Corporation including the responsibility of the Board of Governors.
(ii) the Articles of Government of Staffordshire University which came into operation on 22nd June 1994 and superseded the previous articles. The Articles of Government contain details of the internal structure and running of the Higher Education Corporation. In addition, at its meeting held on 22nd March 2005 the University’s Board of Governors approved the following Statement of Primary Responsibilities for the Board in accordance with the guidance issued by the Committee of University Chairmen – Governance Code of Practice and General Principles:
Section 3(i) of the University’s Instrument of Government states that the Board of Governors shall be responsible for:
In particular the Board will:
As a Higher Education Corporation, the University is listed as an exempt charity under Schedule 2 to the Charities Act 1993. This means 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), as principal regulator, is responsible for ensuring that those English universities that are exempt charities fulfil their obligations under charity law.
The members of the Board of Governors, who include the Vice-Chancellor and staff and student members, are the trustees of the charity. The names of the trustees as at 31 January 2017 are listed below, together with the names of any other charities of which each member is also a trustee.
For a detailed overview of income sources and expenditure as well as other financial information visit our Financial Statements page.
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