Legal Status and Statutory Information

Legal status

The University of Cumbria is a company limited by guarantee (registered company number 06033238) and is also an exempt charity under the terms of Charities Act 2006. Its correspondence address is as follows:

University of Cumbria
Fusehill Street

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

The latest Annual Review and Financial Statements chart progress for the year against the Vision and Strategy.

The University Board is the governing body of the university, which consists of 15 Directors, and has overall responsibility for the strategic direction, mission and educational character of the university. More information on the list of University Board members is available on this site. 

As well as being Trustees of the University of Cumbria, many Directors are also Trustees of other charities. You can download a list of University Board Trusteeships.

Registers of Interests

Members of the University Board and University Executive Group complete a register of interests on an annual basis. For further information, please contact Administration & Governance Manager – Vice Chancellor’s Office.

Students' Union

Information about the Governance of the Students' Union, including the SU Code of Practice, is available from the Students' Union website.

Freedom of Speech

In accordance with statutory requirements and general duty of care to students, staff and visitors, the university has a Freedom of Speech Code of Practice which has been approved by the University’s Academic Board and University Board of Directors.

The Code of Practice sets out the University’s obligations and responsibilities, together with procedures for applying its principles.