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Legal Framework – Bath Spa University

Our legal framework

Charitable Status

The University is an exempt charity under the terms of the Charities Act 2011. Its charitable activities are monitored by the Office for Students, which is its principal regulator. The Governors of the University are its charitable trustees. The manner in which the University delivers its charitable purpose within the context of the Charity Commissions guidance on public benefit is outlined in the financial statements for 2011 and subsequent years. The University has no linked charities.

Legal name and correspondence address

Our legal and preferred name is Bath Spa University and our correspondence address is:

Bath Spa University
Newton Park
Newton St Loe
United Kingdom

Instrument and Articles of Government

The Instrument and Articles of Government is the fundamental legal document under which the University is constituted and conducted. It also defines the sources of authority and responsibility within the institution.

The Instrument and Articles of Government were updated following a review of University governance and came into effect on 13 February 2019.

Instrument and Articles of Government (2019)


The Ordinances prescribe the practices and procedures of the University and regulate the conduct of University business. The current Ordinances were adopted by the Board of Governors on 1 April 2020.

Ordinances (2020)

Our financial statements

Our financial statements for the last five years are published on our Financial Governance page.

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