This Getting to Grips Guide focuses on trustee duties and responsibilities for those individuals serving on the council, board of governors, courts1 (in the Scottish institutions) or other name for the governing body as the “trustee board”2 of a higher education institution (HEI) with charitable status in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. The guide places specific trustee obligations in the context of charity legislation, regulation and HEIs’ governing instruments.
1The “courts” established by a number of predominantly pre-1992 HEIs in England as a conduit for wider civic and community engagement do not constitute governing bodies.
2 Chapter Seven refers to endowments which HEI trustees may be responsible for administering. However, the “trustee board” means the governing body unless otherwise stated.