Tanner Fund

Made by the General Purposes Committee of Council on 7 May 2021 (Gazette, Vol. 151, p.355-356, 22 April 2021)

1. The University receives with gratitude the initial sum of £200,000 to be held as expendable endowment on the trusts declared in this regulation. Further money or property may be paid or transferred to the University as either permanent or expendable endowment to be held on the same trusts. The assets so held will be known as the Oxford University Athletics Fund, or the Tanner Fund (the “Fund”).

2. The University shall retain as permanent endowment those of the assets in the Fund (if any) which are contributed on the express understanding that they are to be treated as permanent endowment (the “Permanent Endowment”).

3. The University shall (a) apply the income of the Permanent Endowment (if any); and (b) apply the income and, in its discretion, the capital of the remainder of the Fund, towards the promotion of participation in the sport of athletics in particular among student members of the University (the “Trust Purpose”). For so long as the Oxford University Athletics Club (the “Club”) exists and continues to have exclusively charitable objects, the University shall advance the Trust Purpose exclusively through the application of funds to the Club.

4. The administration of the Fund, and the application of its income, shall be the responsibility of a board of management comprised of three individuals: two appointed by the Sports Strategic Subcommittee; and one appointed by the Club with the approval of the Sports Strategic Subcommittee.

5. The University may in its absolute discretion in the period ending 21 years from the date of this regulation, instead of applying the income of the Fund in any year, accumulate all or any part of such income by investing it, and holding it as part of the capital of the Fund. The University may apply the whole or any part of such accumulated income in any subsequent year as if it were income of the Fund arising in the then current year.

6. The University shall have power to pay out of the capital or the income of the Fund all costs of and incidental to the creation of the Fund, and the management and administration of the Fund and the Trust Purpose.

7. The University may exercise any of its corporate powers in the management and administration of the Fund in so far as those powers are not inconsistent with these regulations.

8. Regulations 1–10 shall be deemed to be Trust Regulations under the provisions of Part D of Statute XVI.

9. Subject to regulation 10, Council may amend, repeal or add to these regulations in accordance with Part D of Statute XVI, but no amendment is valid if it would cause the Fund to:

(1) cease to be exclusively charitable according to the law of England and Wales; or

(2) be outside the objects of the University.

10. Any amendment to regulation 3 is an amendment to the main objects of the Fund for the purposes of Part D of Statute XVI and must be approved both by Congregation of the University and subsequently by Her Majesty in Council.

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