BUFDG 2018


BUFDG Annual Conference 2018

25th-27th March 2018

BUFDG is the professional support organisation for Finance Directors in UK higher education institutions, and is proud to have over 170 institutional members.

The BUFDG Annual Conference is the must-attend event of the year for Finance Directors to network with colleagues and suppliers to the sector, and receive high-level, HE finance-specific CPD. Each year around 120 Finance Directors and/or their immediate deputy attend the event which, in 2018, is to be held at the University of Hull.

Download the BUFDG 2018 Travel Information here

With the sector in all four nations dealing with regulatory, funding, and demographic pressures, as well as the implications of Brexit, Finance Directors will play a key role in the sustainability and success of their institutions. As institutional leaders, they can help set the tone and influence organisational culture to help their own staff, and colleagues across the organisation, to thrive. Join fellow FDs from across the sector at the BUFDG Annual Conference, Hull, 25th to 27th March 2018, to learn, prepare, and network for the year ahead.

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Registration is now open

For a warm welcome to Hull, watch the short video below:


What's happening in 2018?    

  • This year’s theme will tap into Hull’s ‘UK City of Culture’ status, and focus on the different cultures within the University environment. It will explore the connections between them, their relevance to finance, and the impact they can have on your institution’s success. The content of the conference programme is currently being finalised and further details will be publicised shortly, but look forward to key insights from highly-acclaimed speakers such as Tony Crabbe and Sarah Broadhead.
  • John Venn, the inventor of Venn diagrams, was born in Hull and to embrace this year’s theme, we would love to get everyone involved in the conference in a creative way. We’ll be asking delegates to tell us how their universities are unique and as a nod to the famous Hull-born mathematician, we’ll then use this information to populate the blank Venn imagery on the conference logo.
  • Early Bird Discount - the first 40 delegates who book before 11th January 2018 will receive a discount on their conference package. Please see the package costs at the bottom of this page!
  • Suppliers to the Higher Education (HE) sector, with a particular relevance to finance, will be invited to send representatives to the BUFDG Annual Conference 2018 as sponsor delegates. Please visit the various sponsor pages on the above menu bar to find out more about them. 
  • The Power Hour will feature again in the 2018 programme; however, following feedback from the last conference, we will be trialling a different approach for this year whereby delegates will be able to book their own meetings with Sponsor Delegates when they register online and by 25th February 2018 at the latest.
  • On Sunday, tour options of Hull will be available including a walking tour, a visit to a stately home, or the option to play a round of golf (details here), before the Informal Dinner starts on campus. The Conference Dinner is due to take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hull on the following evening.
  • In response to member feedback, there will be the opportunity for delegates to attend eight different technical sessions on Tuesday afternoon, each lasting up to 45 minutes. These sessions will be covering topics such as tax, financial reporting, student number planning, pensions, raising debt etc. and are available for you to sign up to when you register your place. 
  • We would like to give Finance Directors an opportunity to mention during registration any specific topics that they would be willing to talk to other delegates about during/ post-conference (e.g. recently completed project). We will then publicise these topics prior to the conference, and ask other attendees to contact you. More information to follow.
  • This year we are introducing incentives for early bookings. Make sure you book before the 14th February to be entered into the prize draw for two free places at a one-day BUFDG event during the year – either for yourself or a colleague.
  • Don’t forget to bring your Save the Date postcard with you to the conference to enter our special prize draw.
  • Please note that we’ll also be offering delegates an opportunity to have a professional headshot done. These will then be uploaded onto their profiles on the BUFDG website, and delegates can also request them if they wish.  


Delegate costs

We are pleased to offer an early bird discount for the first 40 delegates who book before 11th January 2018 - see below details of delegate package costs. 

Early Bird Full Conference 

Available for the first 40 delegates who book before 11th January 2018 - £510+VAT

Full Conference Price

For bookings after 11th January or when the 40 early bird places are taken - £550+VAT

Please do not hesitate to contact Assured Events if you require any further information.



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Who is invited to attend the conference as a delegate?

  • Finance Directors and CFOs of UK Higher Education Institutions, and/or their immediate deputies;
  • Finance Directors and CFOs of other HE sector organisations, e.g. JISC, JANET, UUK, Purchasing Consortia.


What does the delegate package include?

  • The best networking opportunity of the year for HE based Finance Directors and associated organisations in Higher Education;
  • Access to all conference sessions;
  • Sunday and Monday night accommodation at the Premier Inn Hull City Centre;
  • 1 place on an excursion on Sunday afternoon;
  • All meals and refreshments including the Informal and Conference Dinners on Sunday and Monday;
  • Transfers between the accommodation and university.


We ask that delegates...

  • Participate enthusiastically in conference sessions; 
  • If a seasoned FD themselves, are willing to be a 'buddy' to a new Finance Director, or someone who is at the conference for the first time;
  • Are prepared, if asked (you can say "no"!), to chair a session;
  • Are prepared to take part in sessions if you have something to share with colleagues;
  • Are prepared to attend your scheduled 10 minute meetings (up to five) during the Power Hour;
  • Host a table, if asked (you can say "no"!), at the gala dinner and facilitate networking during the evening.


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