Royal Charter and Bye-Laws

UCEM was founded in 1919, incorporated by Royal Charter (RC000125) on 22 August 1922 and has been a registered independent charitable institution (Registered Charity Number 313223) in England and Wales since 24 May 1963.

The purposes of the institution are outlined in the Royal Charter and Bye-Laws (open in PDF).

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance, monitoring and strategic direction of UCEM. The Terms of Reference (open in PDF) detail the remit of the Board, including the Primary Statement of Responsibilities, and the UCEM Regulations govern how the Board functions. All Trustees are expected to adhere to the Nolan Principles of Public Life. Full details of our Regulations (open in PDF). If you would like to learn more about our Board of Trustees, then please go to the Our People section and select the Board of Trustees tab on this page (open in new window). Our Board and Sub-Committee meeting minutes (open in new window).

Board sub-committees

The Board delegates some of its power to five standing sub-committees, established to consider in detail various issues on its behalf. The sub-committees have detailed Terms of Reference which are reviewed annually by the Board. Please see the sub-committee structure below.

Board of Trustee Committee structure

The Audit Committee

This is an independent sub-committee, whose remit is to review the adequacy and effectiveness of the institution’s system of audit related to financial reporting, internal control and risk management. The Audit Committee Terms of Reference (open in PDF).

The Academic Review Committee

This sub-committee acts as the advisory body for all aspects of UCEM’s academic delivery. Its primary responsibility is to be the final auditor of all UCEM’s academic review. The Academic Review Committee Terms of Reference (open in PDF).

The Finance Committee

This committee is responsible for monitoring and oversight of the financial results against plan for the current year, the forecast of results for the following year, the cash position and the performance of investments. The Finance Committee Terms of Reference (open in PDF).

The Nominations and Governance Committee

This committee considers and recommends to the Board all prospective appointments to the Board of Trustees having assessed the type of skills and experience deemed necessary for the Board to function as effectively as possible. The Nominations and Governance Committee Terms of Reference (open in PDF).

The Remuneration Committee

Meets annually, or as required, to consider the remuneration package for the Principal, the Senior Leadership Team and all other staff. The Remuneration Committee Terms of Reference (open in PDF).

Annual Reports

Our independently audited Annual Reports are published on the Charity Commission website (open in new window).

Value for Money

UCEM as a registered higher education provider with the Office for Students, and a registered Charity works to ensure value for money for all students through its activities. We publish an annual Value for Money Statement which provides information on UCEM’s income and expenditure.

UCEM Value for Money Statement 2017-18 (opens in PDF)

UCEM Value for Money Statement 2018-19 (opens in PDF)

Information Governance and Compliance

UCEM is committed to advancing information governance and compliance, ensuring that the services provided comply with GDPR, Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Records Management, Copyright, and Information Security. Further information can be found on the Freedom of Information page (open in new window).

Conflict of Interest

It is the policy of UCEM that all trustees must keep to an absolute minimum all unavoidable conflicts of interest between the interests of UEM on the one hand and the personal, professional and business interests of the trustee concerns and of persons connected with them on the other. Our full Conflicts of Interest Policy (open in PDF). The Register of Interests for our current Board of Trustees (open in new window).