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Every quarter BUFDG publishes a Quarterly newsletter, for anyone working on or with the Higher Education sector. The newsletter aims to alert readers to new developments, improve understanding of key issues, and contribute to a more efficient and effective sector. If you have any questions, feedback, or ideas about the newsletter, drop Matt an email.
In this edition, Erica talks about the challenges of advocating for a varied sector, and we have an energy market update, news on the new website and e-learning, an update on open-access negotiations, an Autumn Statement checklist, and news on how universities are supporting their staff and students through hard times.
In this edition, BUFDG’s new Chair Erica Conway shares her thoughts on what BUFDG can focus on over the next few months and beyond. We also have commentary on the current power market from our colleagues at TEC, while also considering sustainability reporting, rounding-up all the recent Financial Reporting resources, and asking you for your experiences of financial systems implementations.
This edition says goodbye to Sarah Randall-Paley, BUFDG's outgoing Chair. It also covers a sector sustainability reporting project, an update at TEC, and more about BUFDG staffing, the annual meeting, e-learning, a new tax guide, and the forthcoming new website.
After February’s storms we hope this Quarterly hails the beginning of Spring. In this edition we preview the imminent Finance Festival, the ESG challenge, online education strategies, developments in the world of payments, and the Health and Social Care Levy.
This edition looks ahead to our Finance Festival in March, which is completely free to all BUFDG member staff, and for which registration is now open. It also covers: what might be on an FD’s ‘worry list’; a broader view of internal audit; the surprisingly significant – and imminent – plastic packaging tax, and; how to measure, monitor, and report social value in your procurement contracts.
Our first article is from Amanda Darley, in her new role as BUFDG’s Head of Operations and Engagement. It looks at how BUFDG will look to support your H E I over the coming year. Also included are big updates on Financial Reporting and TRAC, as well as articles covering the sector's approach to energy usage, cyber-insurance, and resourcing your tax teams for the near future.
This edition covers some of the key challenges facing the sector, with guest commentary from sector CFOs on USS valuation and reform, and IT investment. We also have articles from the BUFDG team on restoring trust in audit and corporate governance, and staying the right side of overseas employment laws - as well as rounding-up our first ever online Annual Conference.
The big news for this edition is BUFDG’s Annual Conference from 15th-19th March. This Quarterly is a ‘Conference Special’ - as well as an article introducing the new event format, we feature three articles from attending supporting organisations.
Over the last few months since the last edition our institutions have managed through some of the most severe challenges the sector has known. The articles this time around look at those challenges from different perspectives, as well as at some challenges still to come.
This quarter we look at the challenges of being a CFO in the current climate, with further articles on pensions, planning systems, and BUFDG's digital future.
This edition covers the cancellation of conferece, the tax, financing, and other challenges of Covid-19, the sector’s response to the crisis, and an article from colleagues at UNIAC.
This quarter we cover Coronavirus and other risks, SORP developments, Costing and why it matters, Sustainability reporting, and more general news on what we’ve been up to.
This first edition covers the launch of our accessible new guide to Understanding University Finance, the impact of pension scheme changes on university financial statements, news of a couple of new services from BUFDG, and an introduction to the work of Professional H E Services for those who aren’t familiar.
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