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BDO HEI Update for Governors: Meeting the Challenge
We are pleased to advise of a new session for HEI governors, which will run as a webinar on Thursday 2 December 2021.

Following the highly successful June and 2020 events (attended by more than 350 governors from over 100 HEIs) we are running our next update for Board members, Clerks and members of VCE. This session sits alongside the ‘The Effective (HEI) Audit Committee’ session on Thursday 21 October 2021. These are two discrete and complimentary sessions and will, as ever, be updated to the morning of delivery - there may be some major policy and funding changes by the time we reach December.

There is talk of financial pressure in the English system and a potential adoption of some of the Augar recommendations. There is an expectation of announcements in the Comprehensive Spending Review (‘CSR’) in November 2021. There are only so many ‘big levers’ that Treasury and the DfE have in the context of a demographic upswing (reintroduce an SNC, reduce the fee cap, specify minimum entry requirements and amend parts of the SLC system) – the financial system is broken (or at least incredibly more expensive than envisaged at inception) – something has to give. Add on the visible impact of both Brexit and Covid on international student recruitment and the UK and EU stand off on research grants and income is challenging. The rising costs of pensions are on everyone’s risk radar (and whether USS, LGPS, TPS or other employer schemes), cyber security is a huge risk (and prevention a cost) – the expenditure side is equally challenging.

James Aston MBE, National Head of Education, will look at the emerging issues and what Boards are looking at, giving a perspective on the challenges and levers available to the OfS, the DfE and Ministers. Drawing on our sector experience, he will use real examples of issues needing to be addressed by Boards and VCEs.

This will be a 45 minute session of reality checking/horizon scanning and then a question and answer session for 15 minutes.

Dec 2, 2021 09:00 AM in London

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