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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;



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.

Value for Money Seminar February 2015

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).

If you would like to know more about this or future events, please get in touch.

Uniac Forum 2014 - 18th November 2014

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.

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