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Charitable status

The information listed below relates to the University's charitable status and is required by our regulator, the OfS (Office for Students).

Exempt charity

As a Higher Education Corporation, the University is an exempt charity for the purposes of the Charities Act 1993. As a result, the University is not required to register with the Charity Commission and so has no registered charity number.

With the implementation of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017, the OfS became the principal regulator under charity law for the University. In turn, the OfS is responsible to the Charity Commission for the regulatory duties it undertakes in relation to the Charities Act. The University is not a charitable company.

Legal title

The University’s correct legal title is University of the Arts London. It is usually abbreviated in legal documents to simply UAL. University of the Arts London's full correspondence address is:

University of the Arts London
272 High Holborn

Please note that the University has six constituent Colleges as follows, but they do not have separate legal status:

Camberwell College of Arts
Central Saint Martins
Chelsea College of Arts
London College of Communication
London College of Fashion
Wimbledon College of Arts

The governing body

University of the Arts London is a corporate body created by statute. Its governing body is called the Court of Governors. Key reference documents about the University's legal status and governing body are available to read via the public information section of our website or via  the governance pages. Here you can also find information about becoming an external member of the University's governing body. Governors are the University's trustees.

We publish a list of the Membership of the Court of Governors (PDF 136KB) which includes a list of other trusteeships held by UAL's governors. Further biographical details about our governors can be found on the Governors: Who's Who page.