Finance Committee

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

To consider and recommend to the Council:

  • Financial implications of the University’s strategic plan
  • University finance strategy
  • Draft financial statements of the University
  • Annual budget and medium-term financial forecast
  • University borrowing strategy
  • Financial implications and risks relating to the University’s corporate risk register
  • Budget, financial implications and expenditure on the Capital programme
  • Financial assessments in respect of any projects with very significant budgetary or strategic implications, as determined by UEB and Council 
  • Quarterly forecasts (to discuss)
  • The University's Scheme of Delegation

To consider:

  • Resource allocation mechanisms

To monitor:

  • In-year financial performance against budget of the University (on a quarterly basis)
  • Updated forecast for the year (with reporting of significant variances)
  • Medium and long-term financial outlook
  • Financial performance against the capital programme
  • Draft financial statements for the University pension scheme and other pension arrangements
  • Financial performance of the Student's Union and GSA 

To receive:

  • Financial risk register
  • Reports from Subsidiaries Management Group
  • Performance of financial investments including endowments and restricted funds
  • University financial regulations


Subsidiary companies will be reviewed by an executive group chaired by Finance Director.

The use of the term University includes consideration of the finance of the entire University Group

Approved by Council 7 March 2018


Membership 2018/19

      To serve until
1 Mr David Dickson (Chair) Treasurer N/A
2 Professor Charlie Jeffery Vice-Chancellor & President N/A
3 Professor Saul Tendler Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost N/A
4 Ms Denise Jagger Chair of Council N/A
5 Mr Chris Thompson Deputy Treasurer N/A
6 Ms Lindsey Fussell Lay member of Council July 2019
7 Mr Philip Carpenter Lay member of Council July 2019
8 Professor Dunstan Brown Head of Language and Linguistic Science July 2019
9 Professor Neil Audsley Head of Computer Science July 2021
10 Professor Jo Swaffield Head of Economics and Related Studies July 2019
11 Mr James Durcan (until July 2019) President of the Students' Union July 2019
12 Ms Sehrish Shafi (until July 2019)  President of the Graduate Students' Association July 2019
13 Jo Horsburgh The Registrar and Secretary N/A
14 Mr Jeremy Lindley The Director of Finance N/A
15 Mr Rod Peet Deputy Director of Finance N/A
16 Heidi Fraser-Krauss Director of Corporate and Information Services and Deputy Registrar N/A
17 Ruth Clark Group Financial Controller (Secretary) N/A


Constituency of Members

Ref Constituency
1  The Treasurer (ex officio) (Chair)
2  The Vice-Chancellor (ex officio)
3  The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost (ex officio)
4  The Chair of Council (ex officio)
5  The Deputy Treasurer (ex officio)
6-7  Two lay members of Council
8-10 Three heads of academic departments recommended by the Nominations Committee
11  President of the Students' Union (ex officio)
12  President of the Graduate Students' Association (ex officio)
In attendance
13  The Registrar and Secretary
14  The Director of Finance
15  Other Finance officers as appropriate
16  Director of Corporate and Information Services and Deputy Registrar
17  The Group Financial Contoller (Secretary)




Meeting dates

The meeting dates for the 2019/20 academic year are as follows:

  • Thursday 26 September 2.15 pm in the Dawson Room (H/G17)
  • Friday 25 October 9.15 am in the Eynns Room (H/G21) (Joint with Audit and Risk Committee), then 11am approx, Finance Committee (H/G15) 
  • Thursday 19 December 2.15pm in the Yarburgh Room (H/G15)
  • Wednesday 11 March 2.15pm in the Yarburgh Room (H/G15)
  • Wednesday 17 June 2.15pm in the Yarburgh Room (H/G15)


Associated Committees and Sub-Committees


Finance Committee reports to Council



David Dickson

University Treasurer



Ruth Clark

Group Financial Controller

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