Imperial College London is an independent corporation whose legal status derives from a Royal Charter, originally granted under Letters Patent in 1907. Its objects, powers and framework of governance are set out in its Charter and Statutes, which were granted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1998. On 4th April 2007 a Supplemental Charter and Statutes were granted by Her Majesty. This Supplemental Charter, which came into force on the date of the College's Centenary, 8th July 2007, established the College as a University with the name and style of 'The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine'.
The College is an exempt charity under the laws of England and Wales by virtue of the Exempt Charities Order 1962 and the Third Schedule to the Charities Act 2011. Its activities include the promotion of scholarship, education and research in science, engineering and medicine especially in their application to industry. In accordance with the Charities Act 2011, and the Higher Education and Research Act 2017, the Office for Students (OfS) is the responsible body for regulating universities as charities on behalf of the Charity Commission.
The full text of the University's Charter and Statutes may be viewed on the University web-site or obtained from the Clerk to the Council and Court.
The College's legal name is 'the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine'.
The words 'Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine', 'Imperial College London' and 'Imperial College' are registered trade-marks.
The College's preferred brand identity is 'Imperial College London'.
The College's correspondence address is:
The Faculty Building
Imperial College London
London SW7 2AZ
The members of the Council are also the trustees of Imperial College London.
As of 31 January 2021 the trustees are:
|Trustee||Other Charitable Trusts of which the Trustee is a trustee|
|Mr John Allan CBE|
|Mr Chris Brinsmead CBE|
|Mr Toby Courtauld|
|Mr John Cullen||The Ambergate Charitable Trust|
|Mr Ron Kalifa OBE|
|Sir Jonathan Michael||
British Kidney Patient Association
The King's Fund
The Royal Albert Hall
|Ms Sara Murray OBE||White Ensign Association|
|Dr Mahnaz Safa|
|Professor Jeremy Sanders CBE FRS||Storey's Field Community Trust|
|Mr Christopher Williams|
|President, Professor Alice P Gast||
The Russell Group
Imperial College Health Partners Ltd.
|Provost, Professor Ian Walmsley FRS|
|Chief Financial Officer, Mr Muir Sanderson|
|Imperial College Union President, Mr Abhijay Sood||Imperial College Union|
|Senior Staff Representatives|
|Professor Francisco Veloso|
|Professor Richard Craster||
Frontier Learning Trust
|Professor Nigel Brandon|
|Professor Jonathan Weber||William Tyndale Charitable Trust|
|Elected Staff Member|
|Professor Terry Tetley|
Copies of the College’s most recent audited Annual Report and Financial Statements are published on the College Finance Department's webpages. Copies of the annual report and financial statements from previous years are also available.