The University as a Charity

Being a Higher Education Corporation created by the 1988 Education Reform Act as amended by the 1992 Act, the University of Hertfordshire is an exempt charity as defined under the various Charities Acts.

The University of Hertfordshire has due regard to the Charity Commission's guidance on the reporting of public benefit, and particularly its supplementary guidance on the advancement of education, in accordance with the requirements of HEFCE, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, as the principal regulator of English higher education institutions under the Charities Act 2006.

The powers granted to the University are set out in the Instrument of Government and the Articles of Government and include to:

  • provide Higher Education.
  • provide Further Education.
  • carry out research and publish the results of the research.

We also have powers to fund scholarships and to make grants and give prizes.

The University has entered an agreement with the Office of Fair Access (OFFA) to demonstrate that access to programmes of full time undergraduate education should not be limited on grounds of individual financial circumstances.

We engage in an extensive programme of community engagement and activity. For more information see our:

Taken together these powers and activities clearly demonstrate the University's public purpose and role in society.

The Board of Governors acting collectively performs the role of trustee.

Members of the Board of Governors hold a number of other trusteeships (DOC - 0.04 Mb)

The correspondence address of the University is:

University of Hertfordshire
AL10 9AB