BUFDG Finance Festival 2023

13th-15th March 2023
Online - Hopin


Recordings and Slides

The 2023 BUFDG Finance Festival was a 3-day online extravaganza of all things HE Finance. We welcomed over 1,000 colleagues, supporters, and speakers for 36 sessions from Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th of March. 

If you have any questions or comments about the event, please email Matt Sisson or Joni Rhodes.

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9.30 - 10.30

PLENARY 1 - HEPI - The next year in higher education, and beyond


11.00 - 12.00

WORKSHOP 1A - Bevan Brittan LLP - Pensions Schemes Act 2021: its impact on university finances

WORKSHOP 1B - Nous Group - How can universities sustainably deliver an outstanding student experience (SX) that continues to meet student needs?

WORKSHOP 1C - Panel Session - Centrus - Market Uncertainty & Sustainability Funding Opportunities for the HE Sector

WORKSHOP 1D - HW Fisher - Creating a culture of inclusion


13.00 - 14.00

WORKSHOP 2A - Sarasin - University Investments: Can you invest whilst avoiding doing harm? Sarasin’s Tomorrow’s World strategy explained

WORKSHOP 2B - VWV - Beyond the Annual Financial Return: what do finance teams need to know about the OfS?

WORKSHOP 2C - Shakespeare Martineau - The financial Implications of a Green Campus and what it means for sustainability plans

WORKSHOP 2D - Loughborough University - Evolution of business partnering at Loughborough


14.30 - 15.30

WORKSHOP 3A - Pinsent Masons - Win: win - Using Power Purchase Agreements to reduce electricity costs and enhance sustainability credentials

WORKSHOP 3B - Cazenove - Net Zero targets: incorporating investments, tracking progress and yielding influence

WORKSHOP 3C - Tribal - A benchmarking approach for the whole sector?

WORKSHOP 3D - Deloitte - FRED 82: Potential impacts and challenges for HE providers



9.30 - 10.30

PLENARY 2 - CIBC - Macro-Economic and FX Update


11.00 - 12.00

WORKSHOP 4A - Cabinet Office - Transforming Public Procurement Programme

WORKSHOP 4B - Isio - Pensions: do they offer your employees what they want?

WORKSHOP 4C - UMAL - Claim inflation and what it means for universities

WORKSHOP 4D - ATFS - ESG assessment, accreditation and credit rating


13.00 - 14.00

WORKSHOP 5A - 4C Associates - Procurement is dead! Long live Procurement!

WORKSHOP 5B - BUFDG - Top 10 UK tax issues

WORKSHOP 5C - abrdn - The Listening Stream: how and why to bring the voices of students and staff into your investment policy

WORKSHOP 5D - Hays - Tackling the Finance Recruitment Challenge – Harnessing the Power of HE


14.30 - 15.30

WORKSHOP 6A - WPM - Fraud and Money Laundering in the Higher Education Sector: What are the threats and how can HEI's respond?

WORKSHOP 6B - QMPF - Funding Net Zero – Sustainable Financing options for energy-related capital projects

WORKSHOP 6C - BUFDG - Tax Round-up: Overseas Tax

WORKSHOP 6D - TEC - Are high commodity prices good for sustainability?



9.30 - 10.30

PLENARY 3 - KPMG - HE in an economic downturn: what market conditions mean for strategy, financial resilience and managing stakeholders


11.00 - 12.00

WORKSHOP 7A - Mercer - Pensions in Higher Education … is the regulatory regime forcing the start of the end for DB pensions?

WORKSHOP 7B - BDO - Identifying risk in your business processes – what could go wrong!

WORKSHOP 7C - EY - What could 2023 mean for the debt and interest rate markets?

WORKSHOP 7D - Centurion VAT - Your Net Zero Strategy – Where VAT & Climate Change Levy (CCL) will interact


13.00 - 14.00

WORKSHOP 8A - Barclays - Endowments are for every university: Explore why and how

WORKSHOP 8B - Buzzacott - Audit regulation and latest standards that impact your 2023 audit

WORKSHOP 8C - QMUL - Visualising data – how to make an impact by starting from the end…

WORKSHOP 8D - DNV - The Race To Net Zero: How to demonstrate progress and get the right assurance


14.30 - 15.30

PLENARY 4 - Natwest - Getting to Zero: A Civilisational Challenge


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