HEFCE is one of several principal regulators. All aim to promote compliance with charity law by the exempt charities for which they are responsible. This requires regular monitoring and occasional more detailed work, including liaison with the Charity Commission on complex issues that might need the use of its powers.
HEFCE as principal regulator
As principal regulator we must do all we reasonably can 'to promote compliance by charity trustees with their legal obligations in exercising control and management of the administration of the charity.'
Information about higher education institutions as charities
We publish links to charity-related information about higher education institutions in England that are either exempt charities or registered charities.
Since 2011 exempt-charity instituions have been required to publish on their web-sites a 'gateway page' linking to core information about its status as a charity.
Charities Act 2011
We have published guidance on some of the provisions in the Charities Act 2011 that will be of most interest to the higher education (HE) sector.
Good practice guidance for institutions as charities
We publish guidance on good practice by higher education institutions as charities. Although provided specifically for institutions that are exempt charities, much of it also applies to the institutions that are registered charities.
The guidance covers: