The UK Society for Co-operative Studies is registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (registration number 1175295).

The Society was founded at a conference on 3 and 4 April 1967 at the Co-operative College, Stanford Hall. 

On 18 October 1995, the Society was registered with the Charity Commission as a charity (registration number 1049961). This charity was removed and replaced as we incorporated as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation on 27 October 2017.

We aim to provide an independent voluntary space where members will facilitate and share critical practice and engaged research on co-operatives & co-operation.


Our charitable objects set out in our constitution are:

To advance the education of the public concerning all aspects of the co-operative movement, and co-operative forms of structure, and in particular to assist, commission and/or identify, and to publish research into the aforementioned areas and to promote the exchange of information and experience on co-operative studies and research.



UK Society for Co-operative Studies is registered in England and Wales as a charitable incorporated organisation Number 1175295. Our registered office is Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS.
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