The University of Wolverhampton

The University as a charity

From incorporation in 1988 the University of Wolverhampton has been an exempt charity 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 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.

The university is required to publish the following information on its website:

  1. The legal name and correspondence of the institution

The legal name is: University of Wolverhampton

Our correspondence address is: Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1LY, United Kingdom

  1. The main constitutional documents of the institution

These documents can be found on our governance pages.

  1. The names of its trustees, together with relevant information, a list of charities of which they are trustees, disclosure of any payments made, related party transactions

Information about our governors can be found here.

  1. The full audited consolidated financial statements from 2009/10 onwards.

Our financial statements 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."