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Professor George E Holmes DL | President & Vice Chancellor
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Ellisse Vernon | BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
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As a higher education corporation, the university is a statutory body established under the provisions of the Education Reform Act 1988 and enjoys charitable status as an exempt charity under the Charities Act 2006. The university’s legal name is The University of Bolton higher education corporation and its correspondence address is: The University of Bolton Deane Road Bolton BL3 5AB
The Board of Governors, who are the trustees of the charity, have paid regard to the Charity Commission’s public benefit guidance, particularly the supplementary guidance on the advancement of education. The guidance is also included in the induction packs for new board members. As a Higher Education Corporation (HEC), the university’s objects are derived from the powers of an HEC, as set out in section 24 of the Higher Education Reform Act 1988, and Part II of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. The university’s charitable objects are: provide higher education and carry out research and knowledge exchange.
The Board of Governors considers that they have complied with Section 17 of the Charities Act 2011 with regard to the guidance on public benefit published by the Charity Commission. The paragraphs below demonstrate the public benefit arising through the university’s activities. The university continues to demonstrate the public benefit and civic impact through its core activities as well as through connected initiatives, projects and activities:
The university is regulated by the Office for Students (OfS); the OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England. The OfS’ regulatory framework published in February 2018 will not come fully into force until 1 August 2019. The secondary legislation that enacts the Higher Education and Research Act 2017 (HERA) makes provision for the powers and duties of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992) and the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education (under the Higher Education Act 2004) to be exercised by the OFS until all of its new powers are commenced. This means that providers will be funded and regulated by the OFS from 1 April 2018 to 31 July 2019 through a combination of the powers and duties ‘carried forward’ from the previous legislation and the new HERA powers and duties. This is called the ‘transition period’. The OfS’ terms and conditions of funding set out the requirements placed on higher education institutions (HEIs) under the ‘carried forward’ powers.
Members of the Governing Body are also trustees and have the responsibilities and potential liabilities that go with trustee status. Those charitable trustees who served at any time during a financial year and until the date the Financial Statements are formally approved as those members of the Governing Body listed in the relevant Financial Statements.
The names of the trustees on 31 January 2021, together with a list of all other charities (if any) of which each trustee is then also a trustee.
Name of Governor & Trustee & other charities (if any)
Professor HH W Morris
Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth
Mr S Conn
Ms R Hannan
BA (Hons) BPS Level A & B
Mr A Fawcet
Mrs K Flood
MBA PgDip Management Studies HNC Total Quality Management
Mr A Roberts
The Whitehorse Project
The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Mary Rawtenstall
Dr Uday Nayak MBA
Dr H Bharaj
Prof R Lewis
BA (Hons) MA BPhil PGCE MEd
Georgian Society for East Yorkshire
Friends of Beverley Minster
Professor G E Holmes DL
BSc (Hons) MBA PGCE FInstD PhD
Mrs Anna Fitzpatrick
BSc (Hons) PC-HE MSc MCSP SRP Senior Fellow
Mr Ansh Sachdeva
Bolton University Students’ Union
Miss Cassie Short
Dr Carl Austin-Behan OBE DL
The Running Bee Foundation
Fighting with Pride
Ms Sam Johnson
The university is satisfied that it has had due regard for the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit. Professional fundraisers and commercial participators do not carry out fundraising activities for the university. Instead, the university is preparing the ground for fundraising by raising its profile, building an excellent reputation and increasing the number of its friends.
Every six years the university publishes its Strategic Plan, outlining its goals and strategic vision for the future.
Each year the university publishes its annual audited Financial Statements. The university’s current Financial Statements (and including those of previous years) are available via the Finance website.