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;
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
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.
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.
Approximately fifty attendees from fifteen institutions joined us recently to discuss approaches to value for money. There is no doubt that there is increased focus on VFM and some would say rightly so –with students paying considerable sums for their academic studies it seems only right that institutions should be demonstrating their VFM objectives and achievements. However, demonstrating VFM remains tricky and as our speakers explored, there are two distinct schools of thought. One viewpoint eschews measurement and sees VFM as inherent in good management and embedded in culture - no one talks of value for money in the private sector, it's just part of the daily routine of doing business. Alongside this, though, there is a recognition of the reality that central government speaks the language of efficiency and expects to be able to measure and demonstrate efficiency gains - something which is important for the sector to demonstrate as a new government reviews spending priorities.
Feedback from attendees:
Excellent idea and well run. The mix of attendees and presenters was very good and was helpful in understanding wider issues, and alternative perspectives on the topic of VFM.
Event was excellent. Most informative and enjoyable. Well done. I thought the less formal and more interactive approach meant everyone learned more. Administrative aspects were excellent too. (Thanks Angela).
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Last November's Uniac Forum proved to be yet another successful event. Four speakers provided attendees with valuable insights into best practices in higher education governance and audit. We were prvileged to hear presentations from Tony Mears, the recently retired Secretary of the University of Huddersfield; James Paterson, renowned internal audit thought-leader; Ian Parry the Head of the HEFCE Assurance Service and Paul Smith from the Student Loans Company. As always, there was ample opportunity for audit committee members and senior managers from across the Sector to network and exchange ideas.
We'll be hosting another event later in 2015 which will be 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.
If you would like to attend, or would like some more information about the speakers for the 2014 forum then please contact us.