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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.

Practical steps and Government reliefs for the education sector
Stephanie Mason

23 March 2020

We have looked to summarise the practical steps those in the education sector should be looking to take to mitigate the issues caused by coronavirus.

Further education and sixth form college board assurance
Stephanie Mason

22 November 2019

Recent years have been challenging times for many institutions in the further education sector. With these challenges, has come a greater focus on governance and governing. It is critical for boards to have a full and accurate picture of what is going on in an organisation to be able to respond in a timely and appropriate manner.

Susan Ball

Partner

Susan has over 30 years' experience working extensively in the employment tax, investigations and reward field. She has a breadth of experience in dealing with all aspects of PAYE and Social Security in the UK and overseas as well as the Construction Industry Scheme, employee benefits and expenses, compliance and employment status issues together with reward planning including salary sacrifice from both an advisory and compliance point of view.

Further education risk register analysis 2019
Stephanie Mason

29 April 2019

The further education sector has faced many challenges and risks in recent years and these look set to continue in 2019 and beyond. RSM’s latest risk register analysis, drawing comparisons with our work in 2018 and 2016, enables you to compare your college’s risk profile with that of others. This enables you to consider ‘how do our risks compare?’ and ‘are we missing any key risks?’.

Spotlight on further education executive pay seems to be the direction of travel
Dominic Blythe

04 March 2019

Focus on pay in the education sector has increased significantly in recent years. As well as more general legislation bringing in gender pay gap reporting, levels of executive pay for universities have been hitting the headlines and ministers have asked academies to justify salaries of over £150,000. To date there has arguably been less focus on the further education sector, but this looks set to change.

Wrongful trading risk for further education governors, warns RSM

31 January 2019

On 31 January the further education insolvency regime will come into force, meaning that for the first time it will be possible for colleges to fail and be placed into an insolvency process.

What can the education sector expect in 2019?
Lisa Randall

17 January 2019


As we embrace the new year, Lisa Randall, head of education at RSM predicts some of the key themes for the education sector in 2019.

The new further and higher education SORP – what’s changed?
Stephanie Mason

27 November 2018

Following the triennial review of FRS 102 the new further and higher education SORP (SORP 2019) has been issued. All further and higher education institutions in the UK this new statement of recommended practice (SORP) must be adopted for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019. To learn more about the updated practice click here to find out more.

Increased funding pressure for FE organisations - but how much more can they take?
Stephanie Mason

22 October 2018

Following the latest education funding statistics from the Institute of Fiscal Studies, it appears that further education and sixth-form funding has fallen by 8 per cent in real terms since the peak in 2010-11. In addition, funding for adult education has reduced by 45 per cent since 2009-10 – highlighting severe pressure across areas of the further education sector.

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