Legal and Charitable Status of the University

The institution was incorporated as a Higher Education Corporation (HEC) on 21 November 1988 by virtue of the Education Reform Act 1988 (ERA) (Commencement No. 2) Order 1988. The Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (section 77) enabled Higher Education Corporations who were Polytechnics to change their name to University and on 16 June 1992 the Privy Council gave its consent to the new name of the Corporation, and our official, and preferred name, The University of Huddersfield.

University of Huddersfield

As a higher education corporation, the University is not registered with Companies House and does not have a company registration number.

For further information, including the University’s Instrument and Articles of Government please view the University of Huddersfield's governance web pages.

Charitable Status

The University has charitable status as an exempt charity under Schedule 3 of the Charities Act 2011. It is therefore subject to charity legislation 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.

In 2010, the Higher Education Funding Council for England took over as the ‘Principal Regulator’ for the institutions it funds, and now has a general duty to promote compliance with charity legislation. This does not affect the University’s status as an exempt charity.

University Council and Committee members

The University Council is the principal decision-making body in the University, please click here to view the Council and Committee member profiles

Other Charities of which Council members are Trustees

Council MemberOther Charitable Trusteeships
Mr Bernard Ainsworth (Co-opted Committee Member)  

Kirkwood Hospice

Mr Robert Cox

The Guide Association

Professor Bob Cryan CBE DL FREng

Peter Jones Foundation


Mr Mark Fisher CBE

Clore Social Leadership Foundation

Mrs Virginia Lloyd DL Henry Watkinson Educational Trust
Baroness Kathryn Pinnock

Yorkshire Water Community Trust

Scholes Village Shelter

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Professor Isobel Pollock-Hulf OBE

Women's Engineering Society

Mr Richard Quayle

York St John Students' Union

Mrs Helen Thomson DL

Sue Ryder

Mr Jonathan Thornton

Colne Valley Museum

Huddersfield Mrs Sunderland Music Festival

One Community Foundation

Professor Tim Thornton

Millenium History Fellowship

Grants of the Société Jersiaise

University Financial Statements

Feel free to view our full audited consolidated financial statements for the latest financial year, or even view our previous years accounts, at our Financial Statements page.

Modern Slavery Statements

Please click on the following link for the University's current Modern Slavery Statement

Previous years' Statements are listed below:

Modern Slavery Statement 2017

Modern Slavery Statement 2016