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Finance Office Aims, Priorities and Values

Our Principal Aims

The Finance Office has two principal aims:

  1. To support business planning in order to maximise financial resources and create the long-term sustainable financial platform required for growth.
  2. To ensure the University's reputation for financial integrity and reliability.

Our Nine Long-Term Priorities

  1. To support the identification of business opportunities, acting in an advisory capacity, ensuring that best practice and lessons learned are shared across the University.
  2. To facilitate robust financial decision making across the University.
  3. To build relationships with all departments, focusing resource on high risk activities.
  4. To modernise Finance systems, processes and reporting mechanisms to improve service and efficiency.
  5. To seek procurement savings and introduce new ways of purchasing, which better meet the needs of the University and its Departments.
  6. To maintain a sound system of financial control.
  7. To implement effective treasury management and to ensure there is sufficient borrowing capacity to meet the long term aims of the University.
  8. To minimise the University’s tax charges and compliance costs.
  9. To provide effective and high quality contractual support across a wide range of non research related activities.
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Our Values

The University's values are a set of core ideas about who we are, how we work and what we collectively value.

Here you can see how the Finance Office embodies these values to deliver our strategy and ambitions.

Going forward and further

We embrace our entrepreneurial spirit. We develop new approaches, fuelled by ambition and a commitment to deliver. Flexible and responsive, we meet challenges head-on, delivering innovative solutions that exceed partner expectations. Throughout this, we maintain financial compliance, prioritising efficiency and maximising returns on investment.

Thinking freely

We collaborate closely with our partners whilst maintaining our independence and our commitment to upholding professional ethical standards. With courage and conviction, we voice our perspectives, even when they diverge from the mainstream. We remain steadfastly honest, challenge the status quo when needed, and ask important questions which ensure that our business partners and the University prosper.

Thriving on difference

We are proud of our vibrant and diverse Finance Office community. We recruit for excellence, seeking out enterprising spirit, intellectual curiosity, integrity and a commitment to deliver solutions. We nurture talent to empower everyone to reach their full potential, celebrating and supporting our people.

Creating connections

We are at the heart of the University Community. We foster collaboration across its entirety, leveraging our knowledge, insights, experiences, and expertise. Through this exchange of people and ideas, we break down barriers and cultivate partnerships that enrich both our partners' businesses and the University as a whole. Through our contributions and connections we instil confidence in our services, building trust and inspiring innovation.

Sharing opportunities

We strive to deliver a service that exceeds expectations, recognising that every contribution matters in making the University a better place. We share our successes and empower others to effect positive change. We actively engage with our partners, both within and outside the University, putting ourselves in their shoes to understand their needs and anticipate future requirements.