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This document takes effect from 1 August 2014.

This document supersedes HEFCE 2010/19.

Contents

  • Foreword
  • Memorandum of assurance and accountability between HEFCE and institutions
    • Purpose of this document
    • Linkage to Operating Framework and the Register of HE Providers
    • Requirements of other bodies
    • Our responsibilities
    • Responsibilities of universities and colleges to us and to students
    • Regularity and propriety
    • Governing bodies
    • Governing body members are also trustees
    • Accountable officer
    • Provision of information to HEFCE
    • Provision of information for students
    • Quality of provision
    • Research integrity
    • Sustainability of universities and colleges
    • Material adverse events
    • Equality and diversity
    • Contributing to meeting policy objectives
    • Other requirements
    • Payment of grant
    • Institutional engagement, support and safeguarding actions
    • Annual accountability returns
    • HEFCE Assurance Review
    • Data assurance
    • Institutional engagement and support
    • Safeguarding actions
    • Revision to memorandum of assurance and accountability
  • Annex A: Audit Code of Practice
  • Annex B: Institutional engagement, support and safeguarding actions
  • Annex C: Financial commitments
  • Annex D: Exchequer interest
  • Annex E: Exempt charities
  • Annex F: Definitions and abbreviations

Downloads

Report

Download the Memorandum of assurance and accountability as PDF (534 KB)

Download the Memorandum of assurance and accountability as MS Word (675 KB)

Erratum

On 21 July 2014 we updated the wording at Table 2 as follows:

  • affordability of borrowing (as indicated by the level of annual servicing costs of borrowings, in line with our consent procedure for financial commitments)

is now

  • affordability of financial commitments

On 16 December 2015 we updated the links in Annex E.

Report

Download the Memorandum of assurance and accountability as PDF (534 KB)

Download the Memorandum of assurance and accountability as MS Word (675 KB)

Erratum

On 21 July 2014 we updated the wording at Table 2 as follows:

  • affordability of borrowing (as indicated by the level of annual servicing costs of borrowings, in line with our consent procedure for financial commitments)

is now

  • affordability of financial commitments

On 16 December 2015 we updated the links in Annex E.

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Date: June 2014

Ref: 2014/12

To: Heads of HEFCE-funded further education colleges, Heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions

Of interest to those
responsible for:

Vice-chancellors and principals, Governing bodies, Senior management, Finance, Audit, Providers of capital, Student representatives, Other beneficiaries of regulatory assurance

Enquiries should be directed to:

Ian Lewis, e-mail i.lewis@hefce.ac.uk