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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.
Governors 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].
Finance 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.
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 2022 is available above.

Changes since 1 February 2023

  • Miss Izzy Page, the 2023/24 Students’ Union President, joined the Board on 1 July 2023.
  • Miss Gemma Hopwood completed her term as the Students’ Union President in June 2023 and stepped down from the Board of Governors at that time.
  • Mr Sarkis Mazmanian joined the Board as an Independent Governor on 21 March 2023 and will serve on the Finance & Resources Committee.
  • Mrs Cathy Stone was appointed as Deputy Chair of Governors in March 2023, having joined the Board in May 2021.
  • In March 2023 Mr Ian MacTavish was appointed as the Senior Independent Governor, having joined the Board in January 2020.  He stepped down as Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee and as a member of the Remuneration Committee and instead joined the Audit Committee.
  • Mr Ben Jones was appointed as Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee in March 2023, having joined the Board in February 2021.

Contact information

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

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

Email: s.freshville@chi.ac.uk

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Church Independent Governor
Church Independent Governor
Independent Deputy Chair of Governors and Chair of the Remuneration Committee
Church Independent Governor
Students' Union President
Non-Teaching Staff Governor
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Independent Governor
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