Finance Review Feedback (Financial Management Support)

Following on from work so far on Stage 2 of the Finance Review, we would now like to share our progress with colleagues from across the University.

We are therefore running a series of drop in sessions to share our progress to date and the changes we are planning to make to how financial management support is delivered across the organisation.

There are links below to enable you to book onto the sessions, and to select a convenient time for you.   You can stay as long as you need to as there is no formal agenda to the sessions, instead it is a series of stands where you can find out more about different aspects of the project.

Feel free to come along on your own, or together with colleagues from your own department. We’re really looking forward to sharing our progress with you.

Monday 18 February   EVENT COMPLETE
Thursday 28 February  EVENT COMPLETE
Thursday 14 March  EVENT COMPLETE
Monday 25 March

FAQs about the sessions

What are the sessions for?
We want to bring you up to date with the progress of Stage 2 of the Finance Review work.  This will include sharing feedback from the workshops we ran in summer 2018 as well as the recommendations which UEB have endorsed.    We will also share the work we are doing in order to deliver against the recommendations and deliver a better financial management support service, including some exciting systems developments.   Finally there will be an opportunity for you to provide feedback on key themes such as the benefits of the new approach, risks associated with making changes and anything you think we may have missed.

Who is invited
The sessions are open to anyone from across the University who has an interest in finance/ financial management/ the services we offer etc.  This will include:

  • finance staff working directly in the central finance department
  • finance staff who work in academic or professional services departments (whether employed by central finance, or by the faculty/department).
  • people who do not have a formal finance role, but provide financial support as part of their job to Heads of Department, Departmental managers, budget holders, researchers etc
  • Anyone who wants to find out more.

The drop-in sessions are open to people at all grades, across all functions.

How will the sessions work?
You just turn up and work your way round the different stands.   Colleagues from the Finance Department will be on hand to explain things in more detail, or to answer questions or capture comments etc.   There is no set structure or time limit (beyond the room reservations) so feel free to leave whenever you are finished.

How do I book on?
Just click on the link for the date you wish to attend.   You will then be directed to the EventBrite page for that date where you will need to select a 15 minute slot.   Don’t worry about turning up at the exact time, we are just using this to make sure the room has enough space and that we can talk to people.

Does it only last 15 minutes?
No, you can stay as long as you like once you arrive.  The 15 minute timeslot you have booked onto is the suggested arrival time.  This will help us control flow of attendees through the event.

How long can I stay?
You can stay as long as you want. You can spend as much time as you like at each station taking in as much information or passing on feedback and comments where appropriate.

What should I bring into the event?
The most important thing to bring is yourself.  There will be handouts, post-its/post cards and pens available for you use to pass on feedback and comments about the content of the event.

Do I need to prepare anything in advance?
Not at all.   The sessions are designed to work without any prior knowledge as we will take you through things in as much, or as little, detail as required.

Who is running the sessions?
The sessions are being run by members of the finance team - mainly Heads of Finance for the faculties and professional services.

Why should I attend - what will I get out of it?
The sessions will be a great way to find out more about the work we have done and the resulting recommendations, as well as learning more about how this may affect the way that we do things in the future - whatever your role.   You will also be able to provide some feedback on what we have done and how it may develop in future.

What should I do if I am unable to attend a session?
All the materials from the sessions will be made available on the Finance Review web pages in due course.

Will I be able to get more information about any impact on my own role?
The recommendations from this stage of the finance review have focused on the way that we do things across the University.  UEB have agreed to a number of changes that will increase consistency, reduce duplication and help the University to have standard processes and systems in place - whether at University, Faculty or Departmental level.

There are no plans for a University-wide review of staff supporting finance functions.  Instead, the central finance team will work with each faculty to determine how best to implement the recommendations at a local level.  Whilst the recommendations are not expected to lead to significant changes in the number or types of roles, the extent of change to working practices will depend on the starting point in each faculty.  For example, the processes or systems you use may change.  By coming along to these drop-in sessions, you can learn much more about this - but it will not be possible to say at this stage what the impact is expected to be for individuals.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please email with any questions you may have about the event.