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Charitable Status of Queen Mary

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) was established by Act of Parliament and granting of a Royal Charter in 1989 following the merger of Queen Mary College (incorporated by Royal Charter in 1934) and Westfield College (incorporated by Royal Charter in 1933). The Charter has been revised on a number of occasions: in 1995, to reflect the merger of QMUL with the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry; in 2008, following QMUL's successful application to the Privy Council for individual Degree Awarding Powers; in 2010, following a governance review which led to the deletion of the Statutes in their entirety; and in 2013, when QMUL elected to change its name to Queen Mary University of London.

The correspondence address for QMUL is:

Queen Mary University of London
Queens' Building
Mile End Road  London  E1 4NS

QMUL's Companies House listing is RC000710.

QMUL is an 'exempt charity' under the Charities Act 2011. This status means that QMUL is not required to register directly with the Charity Commission and in turn is not subject to its direct supervision. HEFCE is the 'principal regulator' of the majority of higher education institutions in England, including QMUL.

Statement of compliance with Charity Commission guidance and the 'public interest' test

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is an exempt charity regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE). Its Trustees have regard to the Charity Commission's guidance on public benefit and the public interest underpins all aspects of QMUL's mission and activities as a higher education institution. As stated in the Charter:

'The Objects of QMUL shall be to promote, for the public benefit, education, research and scholarship, to provide courses and instruction leading to degrees and other academic awards of the University of London and/or QMUL and to promote and undertake research, and to disseminate the results of such research.'

Public benefit is embedded in our strategic aims and objectives, and reporting of progress towards achieving these is contained in the Financial and Operating Review. Specific information is provided within QMUL's Financial Statements about how the institution delivers public benefit in all its activities.

The 'advancement of education', identified as a key charitable criterion in the Charities Act 2011, underpins QMUL's mission as a higher education institution delivering research-led teaching to over 20,000 students across a full range of disciplines at undergraduate, taught postgraduate and doctoral level through its three academic faculties.
QMUL is committed to maintaining its proud tradition of nurturing the brightest and best talents, regardless of background. In order to reduce the barriers to access, QMUL provides a generous package of bursaries and scholarships, including the QMUL Bursary, which supports undergraduate students from low income households, and a range of Excellence Scholarships. Examples of QMUL’s pioneering contribution to education outreach and partnership include:

  1. the Centre of the Cell in Whitechapel, which is an educational resource dedicated to inspiring curiosity and learning by connecting science to everyday life; the Centre of the Cell is an online resource, a science education centre and outreach project aimed at young people, teachers, families and community groups;
  2. its co-sponsorship of the Drapers' Multi-Academy Trust with the Drapers' Company, a leading City Livery Company with which QMUL has a long-standing partnership and from which it has received significant support; the Multi-Academy Trust comprises the Drapers' Academy, Drapers' Brookside Junior School and Draper's Maylands Primary School, located on Harold Hill in the London Borough of Havering, and forms a key part of the Harold Hill Learning Village, a major educational initiative by Havering to regenerate an area of the Borough that has experienced high levels of unemployment and poor progression to further and higher education;
  3. its involvement as lead partner in St Paul’s Way Trust School, a National Challenge Trust School in Tower Hamlets;
  4. the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre, which provides free legal advice to members of the public, students and QMUL staff; The Centre operates for the mutual benefit of clients and students and is committed to enabling students to learn from practical experience.
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