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Corporate Assurance

Corporate Assurance

Under the terms and conditions of funding for HEIs from the Office for Students and Research England, every university is expected to have a robust and comprehensive system of risk management, control, and corporate governance. This supersedes the memorandum of assurance and accountability that was previously agreed upon between HEFCE and Universities. 

The documents and links below, draw together a number of key internal controls that form part of the University’s Corporate Assurance. This is overseen by the University Secretary and is supported by the Governance Co-ordinator.

Plus Icon Business Continuity Planning and Reporting a Crisis

More information can be accessed at the Business Continuity Planning webpage.

Plus Icon Risk Management

More information can be accessed at the Risk Management webpage.

Plus Icon Whistleblowing
Plus Icon Audit Committee

The Audit Committee advises the Board of Governors on the annual financial statements and monitors the performance and effectiveness of the internal and external auditors. More information can be accessed at the Audit Committee webpage.

Plus Icon Internal Audit Procedures

More information can be found at the Internal Audit Procedures webpage and in the Financial Regulations.

Plus Icon Prevent

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 sets out in law the duty for specified authorities (including Higher Education Institutions) to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.  More information can be accessed at the Prevent webpage (staff webpage). 

Plus Icon Tier 4

The University must comply with specific duties as described by the Home Office in its Tier 4 policy guidance for sponsors. To retain its Tier 4 Sponsor status these compliance duties include keeping certain records and reporting changes in a student’s circumstances in accordance with Appendix D of the Points Based System: Guidance for Sponsors. More information can be accessed at the Tier 4 webpage (staff webpage). 

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