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02nd October 2019

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BUFDG Monthly Digest - Wednesday 2nd October Matt Sisson

Welcome to our second Monthly Digest. In a month where the symbolic target of 50% of young people in England going to university has been passed for the first time, there’s a lot to cover:




Sector update – there are changes afoot at St George’s and JISC, some sad news about a longstanding colleague and sector supporter

Annual conference – we’re finalising all the details of the next Annual Conference, which will be held in Salford from Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd April. If you work for a company and you’ve not yet received information on partner opportunities, drop Matt an email.

BUFDG tax team changes – the BUFDG team is changing (and recruiting!) as we say goodbye to Caroline and Amanda moves internally. Do you want to join the team?




New everything – we’re pleased to announce new International Forums aimed at anyone involved in the compliance created by international working, so will include tax, payroll, finance, and HR. These will be supported in the next few weeks by a new International discussion board on the website, a new International resources area. Watch this space!




TaxHE Newsletters – read all the news in the last two TaxHE newsletters from the 12th September and 26th September

HMRC bulletin - HMRC has published a Brexit edition of its Employer Bulletin

Regional Tax and PEG meetings – there are six regional Tax meetings arranged during the Autumn, as well as six regional dates for the PEG meetings. Book here.

BUFDG Prowho should use the current tax e-learning modules?


Financial Reporting


USS updates – updated modeller and updated notes, plus information on funding position of scheme as a whole




LIBOR or SONIA? – if you have any loans or financial instruments that reference LIBOR, then you may need to act


Management Accounting


Leeds Conference - our Leeds Management Accountants Conference takes place in 1 week on the 8th October, with just a handful of places left

TRAC slidesdownload all the slides from the presentations at the recent TRAC conference


Procurement and Brexit


Preparing in Walesprocurement update from NPS and Value Wales for the Welsh public sector

Implications for UK frameworks - UKUPC assesses the impact of Brexit on suppliers awarded on all UKUPC frameworks, and has collated a risk assessment


Counter-Fraud alerts


Cheque Fraud – information on the hundreds of cheque fraud attempts around the sector this month

Alerting colleagues – a reminder that if you identify a fraud, you can alert others in the sector (these are rarely isolated to a single university) via a post on the discussion boards

Counter-Fraud toolkit – another reminder that the BUFDG website contains dozens of useful resources in its HE-specific counter-fraud toolkit




Scottish Finances – Audit Scotland has published a report on the financial strength of the country’s universities

Leadership development – we have an impactful one-day leadership development event, on the 5th November in London

Business Partnering – there are just a few places left on the Developing as a Business Partner in HE course on 14th November

Awards Season – news of the Green Gown awards, as well as the THE awards shortlist, with some finance teams in the running

Job of the Month – is for a Bursar at St Antony’s College, Oxford




Comments and Suggestions - If you have any comments or suggestions about the new Monthly Digest, or have anything that you want to see included next month, drop Matt an email.



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