BUFDG Chair's Quarterly - Dec 2022

02 December 2022      Erica Conway, Chief Financial Officer

Welcome to the 13th edition of the Chair's Quarterly. Winter has definitely arrived, and while we can look forward to a break over Christmas and the chance to spend more time with family and that tub of Quality Streets that the Tesco driver has just dropped on the mat (other confectionary and supermarkets are available), many of our staff and students will be looking ahead to the season with some trepidation.

One of their concerns might be energy supply (and how to pay for it), and it is something that continues to worry universities too. We have a power market update from colleagues at TEC below and, to summarise, we are still in uncertain times at best. Beyond that, universities do recognise the pressure many staff and students are under, and Julia’s article outlines many of the steps our institutions have taken to assist them.

Elsewhere we have a handy checklist on implications for the sector of the Chancellor’s Autumn statement, an update from Jisc on the progress of negotiations on Open Access publishing agreements, and an update on the new website and four new modules for our ever-expanding suite of e-learning. First though, Erica shares some of the challenges in advocating for such a varied sector.

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