BUFDG Finance Festival 2022

Catch up on what happened


The 2022 BUFDG Finance Festival was a 3-day online extravaganza of all things HE Finance. We welcomed 1,300 colleagues, supporters, and speakers for 40 sessions from Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th of March. 

The event was free to all BUFDG members as part of their institutional subscription. Members can access the recordings, slides, and other details of the event below.

If you have any questions or comments about the event, please do email Matt Sisson or Ashley Shelbrooke.

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Day One: Monday 14th March

Plenary 1 - HE 2022 - context, challenges, and the future
Workshop 1A - Survive or thrive: strategy in a post-pandemic world
Workshop 1B - Evolving the finance control environment and assurance response
Workshop 1C - Real Estate - the challenge of achieving Net Zero Carbon
Workshop 1D - Modern Slavery panel
Workshop 2A - Debt capital markets, sustainability bonds, and your institution
Workshop 2B - Fees and Accommodation – Understanding the Payment Alternatives
Workshop 2C - UK Taxes and HE- a quick-fire update
Workshop 2D - Procurement Legal Update
Workshop 3A - ESG and the DNA of Higher Education - sustainability benchmarking and why it matters
Workshop 3B - Integrated Business Planning in Higher Education
Workshop 3C - Effective Capture and Commercialisation of Intellectual Property Rights
Workshop 3D - International Taxes and HE - a quick-fire update


Day Two: Tuesday 15th March

Breakfast Briefing 1 - How ambitious are you?
Plenary 2 - Navigating the challenges of a turbulent time – universities and internationalisation
Workshop 4A - Best practice in narrative reporting in 2022
Workshop 4B - Transnational Education (TNE): Revenue Streams, Financial Models and Current Opportunities
Workshop 4C - Renewable energy: are their opportunities for British Universities?
Workshop 4D - Is fraud on your agenda? How are you managing the fraudster?
Workshop 5A - The role of financial statement reporting in ESG and environmental matters
Workshop 5B - Pensions in Higher Education … is it possible to control pension costs without upsetting employees?
Workshop 5C - National Security & Investment Act 2021- Now in Effect! What This Means for the Finance Function
Workshop 5D - What did framework agreements ever do for you?
Workshop 6A - Transforming Professional Services – helping the University of Birmingham deliver digitally enabled change more effectively
Workshop 6B - Delivering Student Accommodation Projects during a Pandemic; impacts, lessons learned and implications for the future
Workshop 6C - Why is there turmoil in the insurance market and what does it mean for Universities?
Workshop 6D - External funding for postgraduate students – do they need it and does it matter to my HEI?


Day Three: Wednesday 16th March

Breakfast Briefing 2 - Inside Track Career Clinic – the Cryptic World of Executive Search
Plenary 3 - The economic and policy challenges to HE
Workshop 7A - Managing the tensions between the need to spend and save
Workshop 7B - The sustainable campus of the future I: Construction and Planning
Workshop 7C - Digital asset theft: managing risk and maximising value from university research and IP
Workshop 7D - Beyond divestment: delivering sustainable investment outcomes through effective stewardship and measurable impact – practical approaches for universities
Workshop 8A - Positive Disruption: Improving the International Student Payment Journey Post-Pandemic
Workshop 8B - The sustainable campus of the future II: Energy
Workshop 8C - Become an even better leader
Workshop 8D - What should university treasurers consider in a post pandemic world?
Plenary 4 - How to create high-performing teams in the 'new normal'


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