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Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015

Section 47 – Compatibility with charity law and governing documents of institutions

134.Section 47(1)(a) and (b) place general restrictions on the exercise of HEFCW’s functions under the Act.

135.The effect of section 47(1)(a) is that any requirements that HEFCW may impose on the governing bodies of institutions under the Act cannot require those governing bodies to act in breach of their obligations as charity trustees. (HEFCW might for instance impose requirements where HEFCW give a direction to an institution or as a provision of the financial management Code.)

136.Section 47(1)(b) provides that HEFCW cannot require the governing body of an institution to do anything that is incompatible with its governing documents. For these purposes, the governing documents of an institution are defined in section 47(2) in relation to an institution established by Royal charter, institutions conducted by higher education corporations or further education corporations, institutions designated under section 129 of the Education Reform Act 1988 or section 28 of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 and other institutions conducted by companies.

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