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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

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The 2017 conference for TRAC practitioners aimed to enhance delegates' understanding of issues affecting sustainability, how the TRAC guidance is changing, and how to gain greater utility from TRAC data.

Keynote speeches were combined with practical break-out sessions and debate in an engaging and informative day.


Keynote speakers:

  • David SweeneyDirector (Research and Knowledge Exchange) at HEFCE and Executive Chair Designate of Research England - thoughts and views on the future challenges and issues facing the sector
  • John Cunningham, Director of Finance at Manchester Metropolitan University - financial context of the issues and opportunities that impact on financial sustainability together with views about how to navigate these.

Breakout sessions included:

  • TRAC Development Group and Financial Sustainability Strategy Group projects on workload planning, resourcing different models for delivering UG teaching, understanding income cross flows, and research facility costs
  • TRAC refresher, assurance reminders and recap on FRS102
  • Skills session on communicating TRAC effectively
  • TRAC in university planning and the wider use of TRAC data.

Presentations from the conference

Contents of the slide pack

Session titleSpeakerSlide number
Conference welcome Ian Creagh 1
Agenda   3
Keynote 1: HE & Research: Strategy & Structures – Challenges for TRAC David Sweeney 7
TRAC refresher Andrew Dicken 39
Update from the TRAC Development Group Andrew Bush 65
FSSG & TDG project updates TRAC Support Unit 87
TRAC in university planning and the wider use of TRAC Olivia Kew-Fickus 118
Keynote 2: University Sustainability Challenge? John Cunningham 143


Page last updated 12 October 2017