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Audit Committee Breakfast Seminar, Manchester, 10 October 2017

Audit committee members, and senior executives who routinely attend audit committees, are invited to attend this informal session to exchange ideas and good practices.  Trevor Rees, who has many years experience at KPMG (and is a current university audit committee member); Andy Beazer from HEFCE's Assurance Service will facilitate this session, with input too from Uniac's Directors, Sean Ryan and Richard Young who also have significant audit committee experience.

Emerging Value for Money Requirements 2017

HEFCE recently introduced a mandatory requirement for every institution to provide an annual value for money report.  For 2016 the form and content of reports was left to each institution's discretion.  HEFCE expect to set out additional formal value for money requirements that include, for the first time, the specific scope and content that must be included in annual value for money reports.  

Earlier thus year Uniac hosted two events in London and Manchester, with representatives from HEFCE, BUFDG, UniversitiesUK and value for money experts from around the sector.  Attendees explored what value for money means from student; executive; governing body; HEFCE and government perspectives.  The discussions were fascinating and will feed into the more formal guidance that will follow from HEFCE (or OfS) in due course.  In the meantime, if you would like a summary of the discussion, please contact us.  

An invitation to join our risk management benchmarking study this summer

Risk management has been a requirement in universities for around 15 years now.  This benchmarking study will explore what works well, and what doesn't.  We will help you challenge whether your risk management process delivers the benefits it should, and is as lean as it could be.  Other than giving us some of your time, there is no cost to participate and plenty of opportunity to pick up some good ideas.  To join in just get in touch

Uniac reaches the final of the 2017 Cyber Security Awards

Uniac are pleased to announce that they have been selected as finalists in the ‘Not for Profit Team of the Year’ catagory for the 2017 Cyber Security Awards. The Cyber Security Awards were established in 2014, to reward the best individuals, teams and companies within the cyber security industry. Excellence and innovation are core themes, throughout all categories. The Cyber Security Awards team, reviews the industry, looking for the best possible applicants. We encourage all those, who are committed to progressing the industry, to apply. Organizations and people from all over the world are eligible to submit applications including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest and new start-ups as long as they have a presence with in the United Kingdom.

The winners will be announced at the Cyber Security Awards dinner and presentation at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel on Thursday 29th June 2017.

Awards judge Karla Jobling said “there were more applicants this year than ever before and to be selected as a finalist is a great achievement. The Cyber Security Awards really focus on success and innovation, and we look for those who have passion, for what they are achieving within Cyber Security. I am excited to celebrate with all finalists in June, and announce those that judges feel are deserving winners.”

This is the second year running Uniac’s IT and Cyber Assurance Team has been nominated in the national Cyber Security Awards.

The Cyber team has continued to develop its service and specialist skills.  This year we have developed specialist services in a number of areas including PCI-DSS and GDPR auditing.  This complements our other specialist services which include cyber security, data protection, mobile and cloud provision, IT disaster recovery and project healthchecks. 

About the Cyber Security Awards

Situated at the luxury 5* Chelsea Harbour Hotel London, the Cyber Security Awards is a leading awards event for the cyber security industry. The event consisted of reception drinks, 3 course meal with wine, coffee and petit fours. The cyber security awards is the ideal event to gain recognition for your success within the cyber security industry. At the awards you can expect to network with leading industry professionals from consultancies, technology firms, defence businesses, FTSE 250 and public sector bodies.

Uniac Briefing Session Legal Compliance - Current Topics, 5th October 2016, 10:15am - 2:30pm

The event will take place at The Main Hall, Friends' Meeting House, Manchester.

Uniac hosts regular briefing sessions to share and debate emerging topical issues in HE governance.  Although we are all pre-occupied with the potential implications of Britain’s expected departure from the EU (which we will return to later this year), universities face some more immediate compliance challenges. These topical legislative requirements form the basis of this session.  The speakers will outline best practice and, where applicable, the tensions between full compliance and achieving institutional goals. 

The session is relevant to;

Governing body and audit committee members and senior executives with an interest in institutional risks and assurance.  

University staff with legal, records management, IT, data security, procurement or Prevent Duty responsibilities.

Please download the event flyer for more infomation. 

If you would like to reserve a place, for all or part of the day, please reply to Angela Gilchrist (agilchrist@uniac.co.uk / 0161 237 1174 / 07770 336 490) by 21st September 2016.

Uniac reaches the final of 2016 Cyber Security Awards

Uniac has been honoured as finalists of in the 2016 Cyber Security Awards. The winners will be announced at the Cyber Security Awards dinner at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel on Thursday 23rd June.

Uniac’s Cyber Assurance Team led by Ian Musgrave have earned the ‘Not For Profit team of the Year’ finalist status at the Cyber Security Awards. The Cyber Security Awards recognises leading individuals, teams, companies and products in the cyber industry. This includes not-for-profit organisations and start-up companies, as well as global leaders. Organisations and people from all over the world are eligible to submit applications, as long as they have a presence within the United Kingdom.

Uniac's Cyber Assurance team combines expert knowledge with sector context and experience and have provided Cyber Security audits and assurance to around 10 Universities Using a combination of IT staff workshops and detailed tests, each organisation is reviewed against the 20 key (industry-standard) CPNI controls. The results are measured against a 4-point assurance scale which gives IT management and boards an effective insight into current performance and action priorities.  

In 2015, Uniac organised a national Cyber Security and Data Protection forum for higher-education IT managers, senior executives and Board members. In addition to keynote speakers on current cyber threats and approaches, this included Uniac outlining the main results and lessons from their cyber audit and assurance work.

Uniac is a specialist higher-education internal audit, governance and risk management provider.

The Cyber Security Awards has 10 expert judges, who represent a broad spectrum of different backgrounds and organisations with the cyber industry. Their scores and debate will determine the 2016 Cyber Security Awards winners. The winners will be announced and celebrated during the awards dinner and presentation on June 23rd 2016 at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel. The ceremony will be attended by the finalists, industry leaders, judges and sponsors.Judge Karla Jobling said “To be nominated as a finalist is a great achievement as the competition this year is tough. As always, the judges are looking to reward high achievers within our industry and are looking for those who demonstrate passion and innovation, within cyber security.”

Ian Musgrave, Head of IT Audit at Uniac said “IT and Cyber risks are a major and growing concern to universities.  Our cyber security audits have been extremely well-valued by our clients in alerting them to the main risks and what action needs to be taken to address them”.

About the Cyber Security Awards

The Cyber Security Awards is a leading awards event for the cyber security industry. The event consisted of reception drinks, a 4 course meal and entertainment. The Cyber Security Awards is the ideal event to gain recognition for your success and to reward individuals or teams within the business. At the awards, you can network with leading industry professionals from consultancies, technology firms, defence businesses, FTSE250’s and public sector bodies.

Uniac Forum 2016

The Uniac Forum is an excellent opportunity for audit committee members and senior management to share and debate emerging topical issues in HE governance, to form opinions and to hear about the latest sector developments from your peers and HE experts.  In addition, you can network - meeting senior representatives from other institutions and relevant specialists.  Form more infomation please see the event agenda;

https://uniac.sharepoint.com/HE%20Sector/Uniac%20Forum%2020160311/Forum110315DR.pdf

 

If you would like to reserve a place, please reply to Angela Gilchrist (agilchrist@uniac.co.uk / 0161 237 1174 / 07770 336 490) by 26th February 2016.

Management of Student Housing Practitioners’ Conference 1 July 2015

Uniac experts helped with the delivery of this University of Manchester event which met the need for best practice guidance on how the Universities UK Accommodation Code of Practice should be implemented.

The conference focused on the main components of the Code and was supported by advice from experts and specialists. Whilst providing best practice the event also focused on how the accommodation experience for residents can be improved. The event was a mix of presentations and workshop / networking sessions where participants broke into groups to discuss specific areas and share best practice.

For further details of the event, or about how Uniac can help you, please contact us

Data Returns and Accountability, Autumn 2015

Our first event of 2015-16 will look at data  - addressing the returns that institutions must make to HEFCE and HESA; the steps that audit committees should be taking in order to underpin the data opinion in their annual reports; and the potential to use data as a management tool to help both institutions and their students.  Although student funding arraangements have changed, the key HESES and HESA returns remain as important as ever while information intended to help prospective students choose the right programme and institution for them is vital too.  

If you would like us to note your interest in this session, please let us know.

Cyber Security Tuesday 2 June 2015

This was our final event for 2014-15 and like the earlier value for money event attracted excellent speakers - IT practitioners from the Sector; from Universities UK and from the Information Commissioner's Office - and a large audience.   

Cyber security remains a prominent topic in the sector - and one that is particularly challenging for institutions that pride themselves on being accessible and have a mission to collaborate and disseminate information, but are also frequently the custodians of data that needs to be held safely and securely.  Sprakers explored the technical and structural solutions that institutions can and should be putting in place, as well as the challenges that need to be overcome to ensure security. 

If you would like copies of the speakers' presentations please contact us.

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