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Charity Gateway

The University of Chichester is a higher education institution, a private company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal charity regulator for the higher education sector. In accordance with the funding agreement between the University of Chichester and OfS, this webpage explains how the University demonstrates its charitable status.

Legal name:  The University of Chichester
Correspondence address:  Bishop Otter Campus,
College Lane,
West Sussex,
PO19 6PE
Preferred name:  The University of Chichester does not use a short form of its name and does not refer to itself by any set of initials.
Legal Status  The University of Chichester is a private company limited by guarantee. Its registered company number is 4740553. The registered address is as above. The University is established under the Articles of Association approved by the Board of Governors on 7 July 2020. The previous versions were approved on 30 June 2017 and 11 October 2010.

In accordance with the Articles, membership of the Board of Governors can be between a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 25 Governors. Half the membership must be Independent Governors and, of these, the number of Church Independent Governors and Other Independent Governors must be equal to comply with the University’s designation as a Church of England denominational institution. [Section 66 (4) (a) of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992].


The Financial statements for the last five years are available:






Public Benefit Statement 

The University of Chichester is committed to demonstrating how it provides a benefit to the public in return for its charitable status. It also recognises that this is a requirement of the terms and conditions of the funding agreement with the OfS, under which the University is required to include a report on how the institution has delivered its charitable purposes for the public benefit. The Public Benefit statement is included in the Annual Report and Financial Statements which can be found above. 


Changes since 31 January 2020

The Rt Revd Mark Sowerby left the Board in July 2019. Mrs Jill Cook, Mr Jim Dicks, Mr Terry Hancock, Mrs Nicola Nageon de Lestang, Dr Arthur Naylor, Mr Robin Smith and Mrs Lyn Surgeon left the Board in December 2019.  Mr Michael Olliff, Mr Sohail Raja, Ms Marie Ryan and Ms Annika Small OBE were appointed to the Board in January 2020. Mr Ian MacTavish and Canon Dr Daniel Inman were appointed to the board in March 2020. 

Register of Interests  Each September, members of the Board update their Register of Interests; changes which occur during the year are notified to the University Secretary. 
Related Party Disclosure 

Each year, the Annual Report and Financial Statement includes a section on the Related Party disclosure of members of the Board. The disclosure statement for the year ended 31 July 2019 is available above.

Further information about the University of Chichester can be obtained from:

Sophie Freshville
University Secretary
The University of Chichester
College Lane
PO19 6PE

Tel: (0)1243 816051

Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Church Independent Governor
Independent Governor
Staff Governor
Staff Governor
Student Governor
Independent Governor
Independent Governor and Chair of Audit Committee
Independent Chair of the Board and Chair of Nominations & Effectiveness Committee
Independent Governor
Independent Governor
Church Independent Governor
Church Independent Governor
Independent Governor and Chair of Finance & Resources Committee
Independent Governor and Chair of Remuneration Committee