University College Birmingham Governance
University College Birmingham is an independent corporation established as a Higher Education Corporation under the terms of the Education Reform Act 1988 and of an Instrument of Government approved by the Privy Council in April 1993. The University is an exempt charity within the meaning of the Charities Act 2011. Its powers are set out in the Act; its framework of governance is set out in the Articles of Government, which was approved by the Board of Governors in November 1995. The current version of the Articles was approved by the Privy Council in September 1995. Since June 2010, and in accordance with the Charities Act 2006, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has been responsible for ensuring that those universities that are exempt charities fulfil their obligations under charity law.
The University’s main charitable purpose is the advancement of education. This purpose is expressed in the University’s mission, which is: to transform the prospects of individuals, employers and society through excellence in practice-based education, research and knowledge exchange.
As well as meeting its main charitable purpose, the University makes a significant contribution to the following charitable purposes identified in the Charities Act 2011:
- The advancement of health or the saving of lives
- The advancement of citizenship or community development
- The advancement of arts, culture, heritage or science
- The promotion of equality and diversity
- The advancement of environmental protection or improvement