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04th September 2019

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Welcome to the first Monthly Digest... Matt Sisson

Welcome to the first BUFDG Monthly Digest. We hope that you’ve had a good Summer break, and that you haven’t missed us too much! The Monthly Digest takes a slightly different format. Click on the links below for more on each of the stories:




A few retirements have been announced, as well as some moves to new roles in and out of the sector. Reginald Daly is retiring from Greenwich, to be replaced by interim Chris Reilly; Stephen Dauncey is handing over to David Soutter on an interim basis at Manchester and Helen Dingle is retiring from Sheffield. Barrie Shipley has moved on to the world of FE from Bishop Grosseteste - replaced by Stephen Hurley - and David Derrick has taken over from Graeme Appleby at SOAS, who is now Director of Resources at the British Academy. We wish everyone much happiness in their new roles.

The full list of moves is in the Executive Director’s report being considered at tomorrow’s Executive Committee meeting, which you can download from the website.

Accounts Direction - BUFDG, along with AHUA and UHR, submitted a joint response to the OfS consultation on the draft Accounts Direction for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 August 2019 (login required)




Procurement and Brexit - an update on some of the cross-sector work taking place and some useful resources to help you and your team

Universities and no-deal planning – Wonkhe examines the implications for universities of a no-deal Brexit, including on recruitment, shortage of goods, data processing, and more

Getting ready for Brexit – HMRC webinars to help UK businesses involved in the movement of goods between the EU and the UK (including HEIs) to keep importing and exporting

Student demand – HEPI releases analysis on how Brexit could affect longer-term student demand




Surcharges and Card Payments – Insight from DMH Stallard on what the law has to say




PEG Meetings – book onto regional meetings in Glasgow, Southampton, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, and London

Holiday-pay ruling – a recent court of appeal decision has potential implications for term-time workers in the HE sector

Off-payroll webinarHMRC’s 20th September webinar on the new off-payrolling working rules, which take effect from A‌pr‌il 2‌02‌0

Accommodation and subsistence costswe need your help updating our 2016 benchmarking summary




HMRC updates on MTD - we've updated our dedicated Making Tax Digital webpage to include several of HMRC's 'Updates for Agents'

Two VAT rulings - PwC view on two recent VAT decisions that affect the sector – Univeristy of Cambridge and Wellcome Trust

VAT reliefs for charities – help with the Charity Tax Group (CTG) research project to scope and quantify the value of VAT reliefs available to charities




Business Continuity resource – UCISA has published Approaches to Business Continuity in Universities for anyone responsible for a business-critical process within their institution and those who have oversight responsibilities for these processes.

OfS funding data collection – following the consultation, OfS published changes to price group mapping in HESES 19

Jobs of the monthtwo senior finance roles, at the University of Strathclyde, and St Antony’s College, Oxford.


BUFDG Events


Due Diligence and Post-Award Assurancejoint event between BUFDG and ARMA, on the 14th October in Newcastle

MA Conferences – there are still places left at both annual Management Accounting conferences, in Leeds and London in early October

TRAC Conference the annual event takes place in London on Monday 23rd September. There’s still time to book, and a handful of places left

Action Learning Sets – you have until the end of play on Friday to register your interest for the latest round of professional development


External events of note


Data Governance - HESPA has Alex Leigh (The Leigh Partnership) and David Kernohan (Wonkhe) as speakers for its forthcoming Data Governance in Higher Education conference on the 26th September

Let’s Talk ValueAdvanceHE’s Feb 2020 conference on value in HE and value reporting, with an early-bird rate until the 15th September

Wonkhe’s Wonkfestthe annual festival of all things HE policy and practice takes place 4th-5th November



If you have any comments or suggestions about the new Monthly Digest, or have anything that you want to see included next month, drop Matt an email.


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