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    Harper Adams University is a higher education institution, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.

    The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal charity regulator for the higher education sector. In accordance with good practice, this web page explains how Harper Adams University demonstrates its charitable status.

    Legal nameHarper Adams University
    Correspondence address Harper Adams University
    TF10 8NB
    Preferred nameHarper Adams University
    Legal Status The University is registered in England and Wales as a Company Limited by Guarantee under Company No. 8049710 and established as a higher education institution under the terms of the Education Reform Act 1988 and the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.
    Governors The Board of Governors is the executive governing body, responsible for matters including the finance, property and staffing of the institution. It is specifically required to determine the educational character and mission of the institution and to set its general strategic direction, see statement of primary responsibility.

    The governing body has a majority of independent members, chosen in accordance with strict criteria contained in the legislation. The chair is elected from among the independent members. There is also provision for the appointment of co-opted members, and representatives of the academic staff and students. No members of the governing body receive any reimbursement for the work they do for that body.

    Subject to the overall responsibility of the governing body, the Academic Board has oversight of the academic affairs of the institution and draws its membership largely from the staff and the students of the institution. It is particularly concerned with general issues relating to the learning and teaching, reach-out and research work of the institution.

    Finance Financial statements for Harper Adams University can be found here.

    The accounts for the Harper Adams Development Trust may be found on the Charity Commission web site.
    Public Benefit Statement The University has an outstanding track record in educating young people, and those in employment, to improve their ability to contribute to economic development and to society. Our record of graduate employment continues to be highly ranked in the university sector and provides ample evidence of this contribution. Our students make a vital contribution to the UK's efforts to address the challenge of food security. They undergo work placements as part of their course, we encourage student volunteering, organise school visits to introduce schoolchildren to farming and food production and provide educational programmes in schools, including those organised and run by our own students.
    Recent changes Harper Adams University (previously Harper Adams University College) was awarded full University status by the Privy Council in December 2012.

    The date when the University's change of name was legally confirmed was 7th December 2012.

    On 22nd November 2013, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal was installed as the first Chancellor at Harper Adams University and is now the ceremonial figurehead of the University.

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