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The University of Bedfordshire is an exempt charity under the terms of the Charities Act 1993.

Exempt charities are those charities exempt from registration with the Charity Commission and, until 1 June 2010, were not subject to its regulatory powers. All such charities were exempted either by Schedule 2 of the Charities Act 1993, as amended by the 2006 Act, or subsequently by statutory instrument.

In terms of their general operations as charities, there is no material difference between exempt and registered charities. Exempt charities must have charitable purposes and apply them for the public benefit. They must comply with the general law of charity. They have trustees (the Board of Governors) who are responsible for the control and management of the administration of the charity. They benefit from the same tax advantages as all charities, and have the same obligations to comply with tax law.

From 1 June 2010, exempt charities have been monitored as charities by a principal regulator. They are also subject to the investigation and enforcement powers of the Charity Commission, although the Commission may only exercise those powers following consultation with the principal regulator. The principal regulator for higher education institutions that are exempt charities is the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The University's correspondence address is:

University of Bedfordshire
Park Square
Luton
Bedfordshire
LU1 3JU

The legal name of the University is the University of Bedfordshire Higher Education Corporation. The preferred name of the University is the University of Bedfordshire.