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7 septembre 2013

Universities twice as likely as other employers to use zero-hours contracts .Half of universities and two-thirds of further education colleges use zero-hours contracts, freedom of information requests reveal. Universities and colleges are more than twice as likely to employ staff on controversial zero-hours contracts as other workplaces, freedom of information requests have found. More than half of the 145 UK universities and nearly two-thirds of the 275 further education colleges that responded to the requests said they used the contracts, which do not specify working hours and often give limited guarantees on conditions. The FoI requests were made by the University and College Union (UCU). Among businesses in the wider economy, according to recent research from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, just over a quarter (27%) of companies use zero-hours contracts. More...

7 septembre 2013

Will a university degree cost a second mortgage under Abbott? Jeannie Rea. “The real reason for Tony Abbott’s silence on university funding in this election is because he does not want to reveal his real agenda – to increase the cost of going to universities for Australian students and their families,” Jeannie Rea, National President NTEU said today.
“In the absence of any definitive policy announcements on funding, the Australian public can only work out the Coalition’s higher education policy from its track record and the few recent statements.
“If, as the Coalition has said on numerous occasions, our public universities are grossly underfunded but that the government is not in a position to boost its investment, then the only conclusion you can draw is that students will have to pay more under an Abbott government.”
Rea said that voters need to remember that one of the first policy announcements of the Howard government when elected in 1996 was to slash university operating grants by five percent and double average HECS fees through the introduction of a three-tier HECS. More...

7 septembre 2013

Just released - International Handbook of Universities are pleased to announce that the 25th edition of the International Handbook of Universities (2014) has just been released.
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7 septembre 2013

HEFCE’s Accounts Direction to higher education institutions for 2013-14 financial statements

HEFCE’s Accounts Direction to higher education institutions for 2013-14 financial statements
1. I am writing to inform you of HEFCE’s Accounts Direction to higher education institutions (HEIs) on preparing financial statements for 2013-14.
2. HEFCE’s direction is as follows.
Statement of Recommended Practice: Accounting for Further and Higher Education
3. HEIs are required to follow the ‘Statement of Recommended Practice: Accounting for Further and Higher Education’ (SORP), or any successor to the SORP, in the preparation of their financial statements. The latest version of the SORP (2007) is available from the Universities UK web-site.
4. In the case of an HEI that is also a company limited by guarantee, this direction is subject to the requirements of the Companies Act.
5. The financial statements shall be signed by the accountable officer and by the chair of the governing body or one other member appointed by that body.
Corporate governance and internal control
6. The voluntary Governance Code of Practice contained in the Committee of University Chairs’ ‘Guide for Members of Higher Education Governing Bodies in the UK’ (HEFCE 2009/14) recommends that HEIs report in the corporate governance statement of their annual audited financial statements that they have had regard to the code, and that where an HEI’s practices are not consistent with particular provisions of the code an explanation should be published in that statement.
7. Adopting the Committee of University Chairs’ Governance Code of Practice, with the principles of the code adapted as appropriate to each HEI’s character, is an important factor in enabling HEFCE to rely on self-regulation within HEIs and hence minimise the accountability burden.
8. HEIs are required to maintain a sound system of internal control and to ensure that the following key principles of effective risk management have been applied. Effective risk management:

  • covers all risks – including those of governance, management, quality, reputation and finance – but focuses on the most important risks
  • produces a balanced portfolio of risk exposure
  • is based on a clearly articulated policy and approach
  • requires regular monitoring and review, giving rise to action where appropriate
  • needs to be managed by an identified individual and involve the demonstrable commitment of governors, academics and officers
  • is integrated into normal business processes and aligned to the strategic objectives of the organisation.

9. HEIs are required to review at least annually the effectiveness of their system of internal control.
10. HEIs are required to include in their annual financial statements a statement on internal control (corporate governance). In formulating their statements, HEIs should refer to best practice guidance, including guidance from the British Universities Finance Directors Group. As a minimum these disclosures should include an account of how the following broad principles of corporate governance have been applied.

  1. Identifying and managing risk should be an ongoing process linked to achieving of institutional objectives.
  2. The approach to internal control should be risk-based, including an evaluation of the likelihood and impact of risks becoming a reality.
  3. Review procedures must cover business, operational and compliance as well as financial risk.
  4. Risk assessment and internal control should be embedded in ongoing operations.
  5. The governing body or relevant committee should receive regular reports during the year on internal control and risk.
  6. The principal results of risk identification, risk evaluation and the management review of their effectiveness should be reported to, and reviewed by, the governing body.
  7. The governing body should acknowledge that it is responsible for ensuring that a sound system of control is maintained, and that it has reviewed the effectiveness of the above process.
  8. Where appropriate, details of actions taken or proposed to deal with significant internal control issues should be set out (see Annex C).

11. HEIs are required to make a statement on corporate governance covering the period 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2014 and up to the date of approval of the audited financial statements.
Date of submission to HEFCE of audited financial statements
12. The latest date for submission of HEIs’ 2013-14 audited financial statements is 1 December 2014. Earlier submission is very welcome. Read more...

7 septembre 2013

Student number controls: Outcomes of consultation on arrangements for 2014-15 onwards

Heads of HEFCE-funded further education colleges, Heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions, Heads of universities in Northern Ireland
Of interest to those responsible for:
Senior Management, Admissions, Planning, Finance
This document details the outcomes of a consultation on student number controls run by HEFCE from 3 May 2013 to 28 June 2013. It identifies the key points made by respondents (in their formal responses and at our consultation events) and our responses to these points, including where we have made changes to the proposals outlined in the consultation.
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6 septembre 2013

Fusion dominatrice en Bretagne ? Educpros de Pierre Dubois. L’Université Européenne de Bretagne (UEB) a été créée par décret du 21 mars 2007 ; elle est l’un des PRES les plus anciens. Neuf membres fondateurs dont les 4 universités bretonnes, Rennes 1 et Rennes 2, Bretagne Occidentale (UBO), Bretagne-Sud. Le président du PRES, depuis mai 2012, est Pascal Olivard, président de l’UBO.
« L’UEB a une délégation de compétences sur dans les domaines suivants : recherche, formations doctorales, ingénierie de la valorisation, Europe et international, observation de l’insertion professionnelle des diplômés, numérique, formation tout au long de la vie ». Elle exerce réellement ces compétences, ce qui n’est pas le cas de tous les PRES. La preuve en page d’accueil de son site. La rentrée : « universités et grandes écoles réouvrent leurs portes aux étudiants. Tour d’horizon des dates et lieux à noter dans vos agendas »… 10 octobre 2013, journée de formation pour les responsables de diplômes : UEB C@mpus Numérique et stratégies de formation. « Pourquoi et comment intégrer le numérique à la construction des formations ? Quels enjeux pédagogiques sont à considérer ? Quels outils peuvent y contribuer ? Comment les utiliser ? »
Article du 3 septembre 2013 du Télégramme (signalement par Michel Abhervé) : Les deux universités réfléchissent à une fusion. Dans le contexte décrit ci-dessus, cet article est choquant, voire provocateur pour les deux universités non rennaises : leur existence est passée sous silence par le journaliste Alain Le Bloas, alors que celui-ci consacre un long développement à la création de l’ENS de Rennes (décret attendu pour début octobre). Suite...

6 septembre 2013

L'université de Bordeaux est officiellement crééeÇa y est : l'université de Bordeaux est bel et bien lancée, depuis la publication du décret officiel annonçant sa création, et donc la fusion de Bordeaux 1, 2 et 4.
Après de nombreux rebondissements et revirements, la création de l'université de Bordeaux connaît enfin son dénouement. Le décret n°2013-805, en date du 3 septembre 2013, vient en effet d'être publié au Journal officiel, "portant création de l'Université de Bordeaux", issue de la fusion de Bordeaux 1, 2 et 4. Le document précise ainsi que "le nouvel établissement se substituera aux trois universités pré-existantes à compter du 1er janvier 2014. Les dispositions transitoires nécessaires, notamment à la constitution des organes de gouvernance du nouvel établissement entrent en vigueur le lendemain de la publication du présent décret.". Suite...

5 septembre 2013

Les journées européennes du patrimoine dans les Universités

Les journées européennes du patrimoine.
Les 14 et 15 septembre 2013, venez découvrir notre patrimoine universitaire !
Conférence des présidents d'université - CPU
A l’occasion des journées européennes du patrimoine, les 14 et 15 septembre 2013, venez découvrir notre patrimoine universitaire ! - Journées européennes du patrimoine - Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
1 septembre 2013

Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF)

 The mission of the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) is to support sustainability as a critical focus of teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities worldwide through publications, research, and assessment. ULSF also serves as the Secretariat for signatories of the Talloires Declaration, a ten-point action plan committing institutions to sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching and practice. The link address is:

1 septembre 2013

Brazil's universities take affirmative action Julia Carneiro. Twenty-four-year-old Antonio Oliveira was born into a poor, mixed race family in the state of Maranhao in north-east Brazil. As a teenager he had to balance his time between school and helping his parents harvest vegetables to sell at a farmer's market, and doing other small jobs to scrape by. Until recently, he says the only prospects for those growing up in his city, Colinas, were to work with crops or to get a post at the city hall - "a mediocre job that people think is heaven," as he puts it.
But Antonio has just finished his first term studying Economic Sciences at Rio de Janeiro's prestigious Federal University (UFRJ), a dream he had nurtured since his days at a rural public school. His placement represents a radical change in the Brazilian university system. More...

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