The University as a charity

The University of Cambridge is an exempt charity subject to regulation by the Office for Students (OfS) 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 Reports and financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2018 and previous years.

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 Stephen J Toope

Members elected by the Regent House

Heads of Colleges in the University:

  • The Reverend Dr Jeremy Morris, Master of Trinity Hall
  • Professor Susan Smith, Mistress of Girton College, Honorary Professor of Social and Economic Geography
  • Dr Anthony Freeling, President of Hughes Hall
  • Professor Michael Proctor, Provost of King’s College, Professor of Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

Professors and Readers in the University

  • Professor Ross Anderson, Professor of Security Engineering, Fellow of Churchill College
  • Professor Nick Gay, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Fellow of Christ’s College
  • Professor Fiona Karet, Professor of Nephrology, Fellow of Darwin College
  • Dr Susan Oosthuizen, Reader in Medieval Archaeology, Fellow of Wolfson College

Members of the Regent House

  • Dr Richard Anthony, Bursar of Jesus College
  • Dr Ruth Charles, Head of User Administration at University Information Services, Fellow of Newnham College
  • Dr Stephen Cowley, University Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Fellow of Emmanuel College
  • Dr Nicholas Holmes, University Senior Lecturer in Immunology
  • Dr Jennifer Hirst, Principal Research Associate at Cambridge Institute for Medical Research
  • Dr Mark Wormald, College Lecturer in English, Secretary of the Senior Tutors’ Committee, Fellow of Pembroke College
  • Ms Jocelyn Wyburd, Director of the Language Centre, Fellow of Clare College

External members appointed by Grace of the Regent House

  • Mr Mark Lewisohn (Chair of the Audit Committee of the Council),
  • Mr John Shakeshaft (Deputy Chair of the Council)
  • Ms Sara Weller CBE
  • Professor Sir David Greenaway

Student members selected by students in the University

Elected by all students:

  • Ms Evie Aspinall (President of the Cambridge University Students Union)
  • Mr Marcel Llavero Pasquina

Elected by graduate students:

  • Dr Sofia Ropek-Hewson (President of the Graduate Union)

A list of other charity trusteeships held by the University’s trustees is provided here