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, The University of Huddersfield.
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.
The University operates under an Instrument of Government approved by the UK Privy Council Office on 10 November 1993 and amended on 22 February 2012. The Instrument of Government governs the membership and constitution of the Board of Governors (known as the University Council).
The ERA stipulates that any HEC should be conducted in accordance with articles of government, approved by the Secretary of State. The Instrument and Articles of Government for the University were approved by the Privy Council on 10 November 1993. The articles set out the regulations for the internal management of the University.
The University is a recognised body under section 216(1) of the Education Reform Act and the Education (Recognised Bodies) (England) Order 2007, which means that the University can offer degrees pursuant to its own degree awarding powers.
Issued by the Office of the University Secretary