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Charitable Status

Governance, Charity and Constitutional Documents

The University Board is the governing body of the University of Central Lancashire and its business is conducted in accordance with the Instrument and Articles of Government detailed below. It delegates certain parts of its responsibilities to Committees which are serviced and supported by the Clerk to the Board.

Charitable status

The university is an exempt charity as defined in the Charities Act 2011. It is therefore subject to charity law but is not required to register with the Charity Commission and is not regulated by it. As an exempt charity, the University does not have a registered charity number. The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator of higher education institutions that are exempt charities.

In addition to governors' responsibilities under the Instrument and Articles of Government and to the OfS, members of the Governing Body are also charity trustees. The names of our trustees can be viewed on the University Board of Governors’ page.

The charitable purpose of the university is the advancement of education for the public benefit. The statement on public benefit can be viewed within the financial statements on our Financial Information page.

Legal name and correspondence address

The University’s legal name is University of Central Lancashire.

Its principal place of business and address for correspondence is University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE.

The Committee believes that 'Seven Principles of Public Life' should apply to all in the public service.

These are:

Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.

Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.

In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and exampl

  1. To approve the mission and strategic vision of the institution, long-term academic and business plans and key performance indicators, and to ensure that these meet the interests of stakeholders.
  2. To approve and to oversee compliance with key policies and procedures which are reserved for the Board and/or its Committees.
  3. To ensure that processes are in place to monitor and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the institution against the plans and approved key performance indicators, which should be – where possible and appropriate – benchmarked against other comparable institutions.
  4. To delegate authority to the Vice Chancellor for the academic, corporate, financial, estate and human resource management of the institution, and to establish and keep under regular review the policies, procedures and limits within such management functions as shall be undertaken by and under the authority of the Vice Chancellor.
  5. To ensure the establishment and monitoring of systems of control and accountability, including financial and operational controls and risk assessment, and procedures for handling internal grievances and for managing conflicts of interest.
  6. To establish processes to monitor and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the governing body itself.
  7. To conduct its business in accordance with best practice in HE corporate governance and with the principles of public life drawn up by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
  8. To safeguard the good name and values of the institution.
  9. To appoint the Vice-Chancellor and to put in place suitable arrangements for monitoring his/her performance.
  10. To appoint a Clerk to the governing body and to ensure that, if the person appointed has managerial responsibilities in the institution, there is an appropriate separation in the lines of accountability.
  11. To be the employing authority for all staff in the institution and to be responsible for establishing a human resources strategy.
  12. To be the principal financial and business authority of the institution, to ensure that proper books of account are kept, to approve the annual budget and financial statements, and to have overall responsibility for the institution’s assets, property and estate.
  13. To be the institution’s legal authority and, as such, to ensure that systems are in place for meeting all the institution’s legal obligations, including those arising from contracts and other legal commitments made in the institution’s name.
  14. To receive assurance that adequate provision has been made for the general welfare of students.
  15. To act as trustee for any property, legacy, endowment, bequest or gift in support of the work and welfare of the institution.
  16. To ensure that the institution’s constitution is followed at all times and that appropriate advice is available to enable this to happen.

University Board Unreserved Minutes

If you require further information about the work of the Board, please email Ian Fisher or telephone +44 (0)1772 894003 or Deputy Clerk to the Board, Fiona Winters on +44 (0)1772 894002.

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