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Charter and Statutes

The University Charter (Charter & Statutes 3.1.23 (PDF , 477kb)) is the document incorporating the University as a legal entity, defining its core tenets, objects, constitution and powers to run itself. Following the University Council’s approval, amendments to the Charter are subject to the approval of His Majesty’s Privy Council. In 2021-22 the Charter was subject to comprehensive review to incorporate several important clauses, integral to the University’s existence for the public good, and in relation to upholding academic freedom and free speech, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). 

In parallel, the University’s Statutes (Charter & Statutes 3.1.23 (PDF , 477kb)) were revised. This is the document setting out further details than in the Charter on the prevailing powers, obligations and core constitutional arrangements for key University bodies and role-holders of the University.

In both documents the review exercise modernised outmoded provisions and terminology, including those authorising acts of Council or other formal bodies, which were no longer undertaken at that level, to reflect contemporary governance practice within and beyond the University. 

The University of York’s amended Charter is in force as of 3 January 2023, following approval of the Order setting out amendments to the Charter by His Majesty the King at a Privy Council meeting on 12 October 2022. The revised Statutes of the University were approved on the same date by the Privy Council, and come into force also with effect from 3 January 2023.

University Council final approval of revisions to the Charter and Statutes: 27 July 2022
Privy Council approval of Charter amendments and Statutes revisions: 12 October 2022
Charter and Statutes in forces with effect from: 3 January 2023 

Current Version: Charter & Statutes 3.1.23 (PDF , 477kb)

The earlier versions are listed below for information.

Chancellor Dr Heather Melville and Vice-Chancellor & President Prof. Charlie Jeffery standing together in front of the rear elevation of Heslington Hall on Campus West

Vice-Chancellor & Chancellor at York