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Alex Hire

Senior Manager

Alex is an FCCA accountant with over 19 years internal audit experience. Alex works predominantly in the not for profit public sector including NHS, education and social housing, but also has experience of working with financial services clients, private and charity sectors.

Special administration regime for the insolvency of higher education institutions
Lisa Randall

08 October 2020

There is a call to action to the government to give further consideration to a special administration regime for the insolvency of higher education institutions along the same lines as already exists for further education and social housing.

7 reasons why the CUC HE Audit Committees Code of Practice is good for the sector
Lisa Randall

03 August 2020

The Committee of University Chairs (CUC) published its Higher Education (HE) Audit Committees Code of Practice (the Code) in May 2020. The updates to the Code are certainly welcomed in particular during these unprecedented times with significant change, uncertainty within the sector and changing risk profiles.

Higher Education needs to consider all options from mergers to insolvency in the current climate
Lindsey Cooper

09 July 2020

The recent report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies paints a fairly gloomy picture for Higher Education and identifies that up to thirteen establishments may be at risk of insolvency.

RSM responds to Government measures to protect higher education sector
Lisa Randall

04 May 2020

Today the Government announced a range of measures to protect the higher education sector which will be seen as a positive step for most university providers.

71 higher education institutions subject to enhanced financial monitoring
Lindsey Cooper

26 November 2019

This week's university strikes have once again put the spotlight on the financial pressures facing the UK's higher education sector. The latest report from the Office for Students (OfS) has revealed that 71 higher education institutions are now subject to enhanced monitoring requirements amid concerns around their financial viability and sustainability.

How is value for money measured within higher education institutions?
Louise Tweedie

11 November 2019

Louise Tweedie comments on the Office for Students value for money strategy 2019 to 2021 which was issued on 18 October 2019. Value for money will be measured through a number of high level proxies which (in the same way as the Teaching and Student Outcomes Framework may be a proxy for teaching excellence) may or may not be in the control of the higher education provider, and have a greater or lesser correlation to traditional concepts of value for money based on economy, efficiency and effectiveness. Click here to read Louise’s thoughts and consider potential impacts to the higher education sector.

Higher education risk register analysis 2019
Lisa Randall

30 October 2019

The higher education (HE) sector faces several uncertainties and inter-related risks which need to be managed. This is necessary, not only to protect the institution, but also to enable opportunities to be seized. RSM’s latest risk register analysis enables your institutions risk profile with that of others. This helps you to consider ‘how do our risks compare?’ and ‘are we missing any key risks?’

VAT recovery on fund-raising
Steve Hodgetts

08 October 2019

One of the founding principles of the VAT system is that VAT incurred on costs should be reclaimed, provided it can be linked to a transaction which affords a right to VAT recovery. But how strong does this link have to be?

Hannah Gibson-Patel

Senior HR Consultant

Hannah is a client focussed HR specialist with over 15 years’ experience in HR Consulting and Outsourcing, including HR strategy, policy, compliance, change management and employee engagement. Hannah has a particular focus on Charities and the Education sector.

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