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Charitable status

Birkbeck, University of London is an exempt charity under the terms of the Charities Act 2011. Under the Charities Act, Birkbeck is regulated by the Office for Students (OfS) and is accountable to the OfS for fulfilling its obligations under charity law.

Legal name and correspondence address

  • The College's full legal name is Birkbeck College, University of London, but it operates under its preferred name 'Birkbeck, University of London'. 
  • The correspondence address for the College is Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX 
  • The College is a higher education institution incorporated by Royal Charter (England/Wales), number RC000048, and does not have a 'registered charity number'. 
  • The College has an Inland Revenue Claim number, X23617, which demonstrates that the Revenue accepts the College’s charitable status.
  • The College is VAT registered; the registration number is GB 301 5594 29. The College is partially exempt from VAT legislation as a supplier of education and research. 

Constitutional document


  • The Governing Body, the governing and executive body of the College, is its Trustee Board. Members of the Governing Body are therefore the Trustees of the College. 
  • The following is a list of the current Governors who are trustees of other charitable organisations:
    • Professor David Latchman - Mansion House Scholarship Scheme
    • Sir Harvey McGrath - Big Society Capital, Big Society Trust, Prince's Teaching Institute, Icloud, CFAB, Heart of the City, New Philanthropy Capital, Mayers Fund for London, Frontline, Funding London, Cambridge University Campaign Board
    • Ms Elizabeth Meek - Sanctuary Housing, McPin Foundation, Film London, Centre for London, Project 100
    • Mr Hugh Ferrand - St Peter's Church
    • Ms Gillian Broadley - Thomas's Choral Society
    • Ms Julia Collins - Kettle's Yard, Joyce Frankland Academy, Great Barfield PCC, Cambridge Literary Festival
    • Mr Peter Zinkin - United Synagogue, JMC Pension Fund, Golders Green Synagogue
    • Mr Robert Allinson - West Sussex Learning Links
    • Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones - Institute of Race Relations, UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group.

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