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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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About the group

The FSSG aims to help the UK higher education sector understand, manage and communicate its academic and financial sustainability.

It also supports and enhances the sector’s understanding and development of management, governance and risk processes in the developing regulatory and funding environment for HE.

The group forms part of a two-tier structure that governs financial sustainability in the HE sector. It is supported by the TRAC Development Group (TDG).

Further information

If you have not found the information you need on these pages, please email the FSSG Secretariat or contact the Support Unit.

FSSG terms of reference, aim and objectives

The group reviews its terms of reference, aim and objectives regularly.

FSSG membership

Chair of FSSG

Professor Mark E. Smith Vice-Chancellor, Lancaster University


Gill Ball Adviser to the Group (formerly Director of Finance, University of Birmingham)
Christian Brodie Chairman of Council, University of Sussex (Committee of University Chairs)
Chris Cobb Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Chief Operating Officer, University of
London (Association of Heads of University Administration)
Ian Creagh Chair of TRAC Development Group (formerly Vice-President Operations and College Secretary, King’s College London)
Professor Sir Pete Downes Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Dundee (Universities Scotland)
Paul Drabwell Deputy Director, HE Research, Knowledge Exchange and Place, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Rebecca Endean Director of Strategy, UK Research and Innovation
David Gage Chair of the Board of Governors and Pro-Chancellor, Staffordshire University (Committee of University Chairs)
Professor David Green Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Worcester (GuildHE)
Professor John Hughes Vice-Chancellor, Bangor University
Lorna MacDonald Director of Finance, Scottish Funding Council
Andrew McConnell Director of Finance, University of Huddersfield (Chair of Sustainability Metrics Steering Group)
Phil McNaull Finance Director, University of Edinburgh (Chair of British Universities Finance Directors Group)
Bethan Owen Director of Institutional Engagement, HEFCW
Bob Rabone Adviser to the group (formerly Chief Financial Officer, University of Sheffield)
Professor Lisa Roberts Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, University of Leeds
Nolan Smith Director of Finance, HEFCE
Julie Tam Deputy Director of Policy, Universities UK
Professor Robert Van de Noort Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Planning and Resource), University of Reading

FSSG Secretariat

Heather Williams Finance Consultant, HEFCE (Programme manager)
Sophie Swainger Finance Adviser, HEFCE (Secretary and project assistant)

Page last updated 27 March 2018