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The University's Charitable Status

The University of Reading is an independent corporation with charitable status established by Royal Charter granted in 1926. Its objects, powers and framework of governance are defined in the Charter. The Privy Council approved a revised version of the University Charter in 2015. The University is an exempt charity (reference X 8145) under the Charities Act 2011 and as such is a charity within the meaning of Para 1 of Schedule 6 to the Finance Act 2010. It is not required to be registered with the Charity Commission but is however subject to the Charity Commission's regulatory powers which are monitored by the Office for Students.

The Council is the governing body of the University and in exercising its role and powers undertakes to meet the obligations placed upon the University by the founding Charter. The Council has responsibility for the conduct of all of the affairs of the University and for the achievement of its mission of educating talented people well, conducting outstanding research, and promoting the responsible application of new knowledge. The Council sets the University's strategic direction, ensures compliance with statutory requirements and approves constitutional changes.

Full name:

The University of Reading

Preferred name:

University of Reading

Royal Charter:






The University Calendar documents the University's Charter and Ordinances (and Statutes when appropriate) for the past seven years.

Members of the Council and Trusteeships

Financial Statements

Ways of giving to the University