Our aim is to go about our work in an approachable and friendly way, so that the audit is seen as being a helpful contribution to management rather than a bureaucratic hindrance. We actively encourage management and staff to seek our advice on issues related to risk and control where they find it helpful to do so.
Overall we aim to add value to University operations by providing assurance and, where appropriate, by making recommendations for improvement.
Key to our approach is a team of staff with extensive experience both of the University and of accounting and audit matters generally. Members of the team are trained auditors with extensive practical auditing experience. We believe that this experience enables us to offer an efficient and effective service to University management and to minimise the time managers need to spend in familiarising auditors with the way the University operates.
The Internal Audit function is part of the Secretary to Council's Office. It reports through the Secretary to Council to the Vice Chancellor and Audit and Risk Committee. The reporting relationship is shown diagrammatically.
The aim of these arrangements is to enable Internal Audit, as far as is possible, to be independent of all of the University's line management structures. Internal Audit is therefore able to provide independent assurance to management and the Audit and Risk Committee.
Physically, Internal Audit is located on the second floor of University House.