About Us

The British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) is the representative body for higher education finance staff in the United Kingdom.

About Us

The British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) is the representative body for higher education finance staff in the United Kingdom. We have been delivering professional services and support to our member universities since 1993 as an organisation (and since 2000 with actual staff to support you).

We aim to be the recognised channel for the provision, analysis, and dissemination of information, guidance and support across the H E Finance sector. Our members are the Chief Financial Officers (also called Finance Directors) of UK higher education providers, and their staff. Our work in the higher education sector supports over 8,000 H E employees in over 180 organisations. We are entirely owned by our member H E providers and BUFDG is a not-for-profit organisation.

In a nutshell: BUFDG helps institutions deliver value, save money, enhance finance capabilities, and work together.


The organisation has the following objectives:

To inform, guide and support

To be the pre-eminent source of information, comment, and support on finance matters. To promote high standards and best practice across the H E finance sector.

To facilitate networking and development

To provide forums for networking, discussion, consultation and exchange. To provide and signpost to appropriate opportunities for learning and development.

To partner, coordinate and advocate

To work in partnership with related organisations, regionally and nationally. To advocate on behalf of all our members to government, policy makers, and external stakeholders.

Read more about BUFDG's objectives in the most recent BUFDG strategy (2021)

BUFDG Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the steering group for the BUFDG organisation.

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Our staff

Meet the BUFDG team.

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Contact Us

Contact details and how to find the office.

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BUFDG Annual Reports


Other sector associations

We also try to work with other sector associations as much as we can. We have included as many H E associations as we can think of in our useful Glossary (which also includes many of the acronyms used in the sector, plus finance, tax, and procurement terminology). If you know of any other associations, acronyms, or confusing terms, please let us know.



BUFDG is an association run under the umbrella organisation Professional H E Services Ltd (PHES), of which it is the founding member. PHES is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and is owned entirely by its member H E providers. Find out more about PHES here.


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