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Contents

  • Foreword
  • 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
    • Other significant 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: Approval of increases in a financial commitment threshold
  • Annex D: Exchequer interest
  • Annex E: Exempt charities
  • Annex F: Definitions and abbreviations

Date: 6 July 2016

Ref: HEFCE 2016/12

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:

MAAenquiries@hefce.ac.uk