The University as a charity

The University of Cambridge is an exempt charity subject to regulation by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) under the Charities Act 2006.

The University is a common law corporation, being a corporation by prescription consisting of a Chancellor, Masters, and Scholars who from time out of mind have had the government of their members and enjoyed the privileges of such a corporation. By Act of Parliament 13 Elizabeth Cap. 29 passed in the year 1571 the incorporation of the University and all privileges then held under charter or by prescription were duly confirmed.

The corporate title of the University is The Chancellor, Masters, and Scholars of the University of Cambridge but is more commonly referred to as the University of Cambridge.

The correspondence address is: University of Cambridge, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TS.

The University's main constitutional documents are its Statutes and Ordinances.

You can also view the University's Reports and Financial Statements for 2011–12.

The members of the University's Council, the principal executive and policy-making body of the University, are the charity trustees of the University. The current membership of the Council is:

The Vice-Chancellor

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Professor of Medicine, Fellow of Wolfson College

Members elected by the Regent House

Heads of Colleges in the University:

  • Professor Frank Kelly, Master of Christ's College, Professor of the Mathematics of Systems
  • Professor Dame Jean Thomas, Master of St Catharine’s College
  • Professor Ian White, Master of Jesus College
  • Professor David Yates, Warden of Robinson College

Professors and Readers in the University

  • Professor Dame Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics, Fellow of Robinson College
  • Professor Nick Gay, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Fellow of Christ's College
  • Professor Andy Hopper, Professor of Computer Technology, Head of the Computer Laboratory, Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall
  • Professor Fiona Karet, Professor of Nephrology

Members of the Regent House

  • Dr Nick Bampos, Assistant Director of Research in Chemistry, Senior Tutor of Trinity Hall
  • The Rev'd Jeremy Caddick, Dean and Fellow of Emmanuel College
  • Dr Stephen Cowley, Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
  • Mr Ian Du Quesnay, Bursar of Newnham College
  • Dr David Good, Lecturer in Social and Developmental Psychology, Fellow of King's College
  • Dr Rebecca Lingwood, Director of the Institute of Continuing Education
  • Dr Susan Oosthuizen, Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Continuing Education, Fellow of Wolfson College
  • Dr Rachael Padman, Lecturer in Physics, Fellow of Newnham College

External members appointed by Grace of the Regent House

  • Mr Mark Lewisohn, UBS AG
  • Dame Mavis McDonald (Deputy Chair of the Council with effect from 1 January 2011), formerly Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
  • Professor Shirley Pearce CBE, formerly Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University
  • Mr John Shakeshaft (Chair of the Audit Committee of the Council with effect from 1 January 2011), Company Director

Student members selected by students in the University

Elected by all students:

  • Ms Rosalyn Old
  • Ms Flick Osborn (President of the Cambridge University Students Union)

Elected by graduate students:

  • Mr Richard Jones