BUFDG e-learning

A range of e-learning modules, covering finance, procurement, tax, credit control, and more

The BUFDG and HEPA e-learning platform offers a range of free and subscription-based e-learning modules, covering finance, procurement, tax, credit control, and more. All modules available to your HEI can be accessed by ALL staff within your institution (they are not limited to, or only relevant to, Finance staff). You don't need a different username, password or any extra enrolment keys - if you have a BUFDG or HEPA website account then you can access the 12 free courses. To access the additional modules, your institution will need to have a subscription to BUFDG Pro.

How to access the e-learning

Simply select the button below (you will be asked to log in if you are not currently logged into our website).

If you don't have a website account and you are a member of staff from one of our member institutions, you have two options:

  1. If you would like a full website account which gives you access to all the website resources and discussion boards, then please register here.
  2. If you just wish to access the e-learning, then please visit the quick registration page where you can set up an account for accessing the e-learning.


Which course(s)?  

BUFDG Pro (and BUFDG/HEPA’s free e-learning modules) cover compliance, tax, procurement, business partnering, credit control, and general finance issues, with more topics/modules in the pipeline. But it isn’t always obvious who each of the modules is aimed at. These pages below should help your university to make the most of its BUFDG Pro membership by ensuring the right staff undertake the right modules – some of them may be suitable for quite a lot more of your university’s staff than you imagined.

The following H E Ps have access to BUFDG Pro (list correct at 13th May 22):

Abertay University
Aberystwyth University
AECC University College
Alan Turing Institute
Anglia Ruskin University
Architectural Association School of Architecture
Arden University
Arts University Bournemouth
Aston University
Bangor University
Bath Spa University
Birkbeck, University of London
Birmingham City University
Bishop Grosseteste University
Bloomsbury Institute
BPP University
Brunel University London
Buckinghamshire New University
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff University
City, University of London
Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol
Courtauld Institute of Art
Coventry University
Cranfield University
De Montfort University
Durham University
Edinburgh Napier University
Falmouth University
Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow School of Art
Goldsmiths, University of London
Grwp Llandrillo-Menai
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Harper Adams University
Hartpury University
Heriot-Watt University
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Institute of Cancer Research
The James Hutton Institute
Kaplan International Colleges
Keele University
King's College London
Kingston University
Lancaster University
Leeds Arts University
Leeds Beckett University
Leeds Trinity University
Liverpool Hope University
Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
London Business School
London Institute of Banking & Finance
London School of Economics & Political Science
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Loughborough University
Manchester Metropolitan University
Middlesex University
Mont Rose College of Management and Sciences
New Model in Technology & Engineering (NMiTE)
Newcastle University
Northumbria University
Norwich University of the Arts
Nottingham Trent University
Oxford Brookes University
Pearson PLC
Plymouth College of Art
Plymouth Marjon University
Queen Margaret University
Queen Mary, University of London
Queen's University Belfast
Ravensbourne University London
Robert Gordon University
Rose Bruford College
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Royal College of Art
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Royal Holloway University of London
Royal Northern College of Music
Scotland's Rural College
Sheffield Hallam University
SOAS University of London
Solent University
Sotheby's Institute of Art
St George's University of London
St Mary's University College, Belfast
St Mary's University, Twickenham
Staffordshire University
Swansea University
TEDI London
Teesside University
The Open University
Trinity College Dublin
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
UCFB College of Football Business Ltd
Ulster University
University College London
University College of Estate Management
University for the Creative Arts
University of Aberdeen
University of Bath
University of Birmingham
University of Bolton
University of Bradford
University of Brighton
University of Bristol
University of Buckingham
University of Cambridge
University of Central Lancashire
University of Chester
University of Chichester
University of Cumbria
University of Derby
University of Dundee
University of East Anglia
University of East London
University of Edinburgh
University of Essex
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
University of Gloucestershire
University of Greenwich
University of Hertfordshire
University of Huddersfield
University of Hull
University of Kent
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
University of Lincoln
University of Liverpool
University of London
University of Manchester
University of Northampton
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
University of Plymouth
University of Portsmouth
University of Reading
University of Roehampton
University of Salford
University of Sheffield
University of South Wales
University of Southampton
University of St. Andrews
University of Stirling
University of Strathclyde
University of Suffolk
University of Sunderland
University of Surrey
University of Sussex
University of the Arts London
University of the Highlands and Islands
University of the West of England
University of the West of Scotland
University of Wales, Trinity St David
University of Warwick
University of West London
University of Westminster
University of Winchester
University of Wolverhampton
University of York
Wrexham Glyndwr University
York St John University

Check your role/your team’s roles to see which BUFDG Pro and other BUFDG/HEPA e-learning courses will help improve your knowledge and assist you with your role. You can find more about each recommended course by clicking on the course name.

(Alternatively, you can select any course from the list below to find a short synopsis of that course.)  

Select whether you work inside or outside the central finance team:


Browse the full list of courses:

Please note: we are currently reviewing the accessibility of our e-learning courses, as well as having them all assessed by the CPD Certification Service. 


E-learning completion reports

Each institution can request access to the e-learning completion reports, enabling you to keep track of CPD within your team or institution. We automatically provide access to run the reports to each FD and Deputy FD (or equivalent), and can provide access to any of the following within your institution on request: the FD’s PA, the Head of Procurement, a nominated finance training colleague and/or a learning and development contact (who may sit in HR). To request access for any of these individuals, please contact Rachel.

When you have access, you can run the report through the BUFDG website as follows:
- On the BUFDG homepage, select the teal 'My Dashboard' button in the top right hand corner.
- Under your name, you will see a link that states 'Reports for My Institution'. Click on this link. 
- You will then see a link for 'E-Learning Completion Report'. Click on this link.
- It will show you a list of what has been completed and by who.  You can either view this online, or download as a pdf or excel file. Any problems, please get in touch with Rachel


BUFDG’s e-learning on your own VLE?

While all our modules can be accessed by any of your staff on the BUFDG e-learning platform*, if your HEI would like to host any of the individual BUFDG e-learning modules on its own Virtual Learning Environment then these are available to purchase separately. Please contact us if you are interested in this option*with access to some modules dependent on whether your HEI subscribes to BUFDG Pro.


An introduction to our e-learning

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BUFDG E-learning Introduction

We’d like to tell you about BUFDG’s e-learning courses.

What is BUFDG? It’s the British Universities Finance Directors Group. It provides information, guidance, and support regarding H E finance to staff working in universities/H E I s. BUFDG’s members are institutions, not individuals, so anyone working in an H E I which is a BUFDG member can access BUFDG’s website, services and e-learning.

BUFDG has 11 e-learning courses that are FREE to use for staff in all BUFDG member H E I s. There are also a further 31 courses free to use for all staff in H E I s that subscribe to BUFDG Pro (87% of our member H E I s subscribe). Many of the courses are written for our members i.e. finance staff in H E I s, but others are suitable for staff outside of central finance, and several of the courses were specifically written with non-finance staff in mind.

So what does the e-learning look like?

(The video then shows some screen captures of working through some elements of a couple of the e-learning courses.)

There are interactive exercises, questions and worked examples to keep your brain active, as well as a quiz to pass at the end in order to complete the course.

(The video then shows some screen captures of working through a worked example on one of the e-learning courses.)

There are over 40 different courses. Many are for H E finance staff and some are suitable for non-finance staff. Some were written specifically for administrators and non-finance staff.

There’s no cost! The courses are FREE to ALL staff in BUFDG/BUFDG Pro member H E I s.

Try our e-learning for free now at:

Want to know if your H E I subscribes to BUFDG Pro? Think your H E I should subscribe to BUFDG Pro if it doesn’t currently?

Then get in touch…

If you have any questions, contact Rachel Ward, our Learning and Development Manager, at or Amanda Darley, our Head of Operations and Engagement, at


Other e-learning available to BUFDG members

Insight Investments has kindly provided free access to their online training hub to BUFDG members. Courses which may be of particular interest to BUFDG members include:

You will need to register to use the Insight Investments online training hub:

You can email Insight Investments if you have any difficulties creating your account and they can help you. Or contact Rachel for further information


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