Due Diligence & Post Award Assurance

Jennifer Stergiou Director, Research and Innovation at Northumbria University
Linsey Dickson Head of Research Funding at University of Stirling
Gareth MacDonald Head of Assurance, UKRI
Simon Newitt Chair of Learning and Development Group, BUFDG and Finance Director, Northumbria University
5th February 2019 9:30 am
5th February 2019 4:00 pm
Millennium and Battersea Suites, Park Plaza County Hall London, 1 Addington St, London SE1 7RY, United Kingdom   View map
0131 357 9854

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Draft agenda

9.30 Registration

9.40 Introductions & Objectives

10.00 Due diligence and post award assurance overview

10.30 Good practice approaches - what have we learned so far?

11.00 Refreshment break

11.20 Case Study: Due diligence and post award assurance

12.20 Group discussion - the challenge of implementing good practice approaches

13.00 Lunch

13.45 Case Study: Due diligence, Global Challenges Research Fund and Research Policy and Communications at University of Stirling

14.30 Refreshment break

14.45 Exercise - Working together across the ARMA and BUFDG communities

15.30 Reflection and next steps

16.00 Finish

Event Details

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A joint ARMA and BUFDG Event

This one day event builds on learning from previous ARMA GCRF (Global Challenges Research Fund) due diligence events, moving beyond discussions of how we might conduct due diligence in theory, to the reality of experiences with funded projects and issues of assurance in post award finance and management. This is a joint event delivered by ARMA and BUFDG for the Research Management and Finance communities, aimed at sharing good practice in undertaking due diligence and providing/maintaining assurance over funded projects.

The day will provide an opportunity to share experience and expertise around managing financial issues in research projects, such as assuring that expenditure is in line with funders terms and conditions and managing the process of making payments to high risk countries etc. The case studies and learning outcomes will be relevant to any research projects with overseas partners, with a specific focus on projects funded by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI). (Note that the event does not cover Overseas Development Aid compliance)

The day will outline UKRI post award assurance and due diligence principles and requirements, and will recap the main learning points from previous ARMA events, such as approaches to making advance payments. With case studies from ARMA and BUFDG members we will further unpack a range of issues including post award finance, the impact of due diligence on institutional risk management policy and the difficulties involved in communications with overseas partners where capacity and capability for the management of research finances may be very different to the UK.

There will be lots of opportunity for discussion, questions, and contributing ideas from your own experience, with a particular focus on how the research management and finance communities can work together in this important area.

By the end of the event participants will:

  • Understand the concepts of due diligence and assurance
  • Be aware of existing good practice approaches to common due diligence issues (summary of learning from the 4 previous ARMA Due Diligence events), and the challenges of implementing these
  • Have considered case studies of due diligence and assurance issues around post award financial management, research finance policy, risk management and communications
  • Be aware of different approaches being taken by different organisations and have had the opportunity to discuss these and share information with colleagues from across the sector
  • Have considered ways in which the research management and finance communities can work more closely together to manage due diligence and post award assurance
  • Have reflected on how they would apply their learning within their institution or project

Target audience

This one day event is aimed at research managers and finance colleagues who are involved with research projects with overseas partners and those with responsibility for the overall control environment and risk management within organisations, for example senior finance colleagues, risk managers and those with an internal audit remit. This could also include those who support GCRF projects, post award and finance teams, project managers, those who are responsible for

undertaking due diligence and those who determine department or institution policies and procedures for due diligence and broader research finance and grants management.

The event is relevant to those who have attended a previous ARMA GCRF Due Diligence event and to those who have not due to the inclusion of new case studies and materials.

Additional information

Good Practice Exchange

This workshop is a Good Practice Exchange event. These events explore good practice across the sector on specific topics, currently, we run over 15 GPEs throughout the training and development annual calendar. These one-day events enable delegates to hear from others working in this area in the area and listen to good practice case studies from a range of institutions. They provide a chance to share experiences and expertise with colleagues in structured, small group discussions. The workshops are interactive and delegates are expected to contribute and share in the discussions.

Delegate information

As part of your registration to one of our workshops you’ll receive:
• Programme
• Delegate list
• Full presentations


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact events@arma.ac.uk.