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Governance of the University

Legal status of the University

The University’s legal name and correspondence address are:

Birmingham City University
University House
15 Bartholomew Row
B5 5JU

University Switchboard: +44 (0)121 331 5000

Birmingham City University 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

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Governance arrangements

The University endeavours to conduct its business in accordance with the Seven Principles identified by the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life, which are selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. Its governance, management practices and internal controls adhere to the guidance provided in the Higher Education Code of Governance (December 2014).

The Chancellor of the University is Sir Lenny Henry, who acts as ceremonial head and ambassador at key occasions throughout the year.

The Governors are the charitable trustees of the University. The Board of Governors ensures that the University meets its objectives and exercises its functions in accordance with its academic, legal and charitable obligations. The Governors are responsible for directing the affairs of the University to ensure that it is solvent, well-run and delivering its outcomes. The Board oversees activities, determines future action, ensures constitutional and statutory compliance and takes all final decisions on matters of concern to the University.

The Board meets regularly and comprises members from the private, public and voluntary sectors. There are also a number of committees and subsidiary companies that carry out particular functions. See also: