The University of Sheffield was established by Royal Charter in 1905. In common with many other universities it is an exempt charity. The University's charity number is X1089.
As such, it is required to have charitable purposes and apply them for the public benefit. It must comply with the general law of charity. Members of its governing body, the Council, are charitable trustees - see Register of Interests 2015-16 (PDF, 566KB) for more information.
Exempt charities benefit from the same tax advantages as all charities, and have the same obligations to comply with tax law.
Under the Charities Act 2006, the Higher Education Council for England (HEFCE) acts as the principal regulator for universities that are exempt charities, and has a duty to 'promote compliance by charity trustees with their legal obligations in exercising control and management of the administration of their charities'.
Legal name and correspondence address:
The University of Sheffield
Sheffield S10 2TN