The University as a charity

University of Wolverhampton logo on the side of the Harrison Learning Centre, City Campus.

From incorporation in 1988 the University of Wolverhampton has been an Exempt Charity at Law and since its earliest days in the mid 19th Century, the University and its forebears have had a purpose to provide the benefits of further and higher education to as many people in the community having the motivation and academic ability to do well.

The provision of such opportunities overall has public benefit in terms of contributing to the economic and social well-being of all the communities the University serves.

The Charities Act 2006 requires charities to include in their Financial Statements a report of the public benefits derived from its activities.

The University of Wolverhampton is a Higher Education Corporation incorporated under the provision of the Education Reform Act 1988. Section 124 of the Act confers the powers of the University to provide higher and further education, the conduct of research and anything necessary or expedient in the exercise of those powers. Members of the Board of Governors are the Trustees of the University as an exempt charity. A list of the University’s Governors (Trustees) and details of their other charity trusteeships can be found here.

Benefits to the public

The Public Benefit derived from our mission may be summarised as follows, although these are illustrative examples and not an exhaustive list.

Our mission

In setting the character and mission of the University of Wolverhampton within those powers, the Board of Governors have adopted the following mission statement:

"We are a learning community promoting excellence, innovation and creativity. We are committed to being:

  • An agent for social inclusion and social change
  • An arena for the development of ideas and critical thinking
  • A strategic force driving educational and cultural strategy for the City and the region
  • An educational hub supporting the economy through employment, entrepreneurship, creativity, knowledge transfer, research and development.

Through knowledge, innovation and enterprise we aim to transform the lives of those who engage with us."