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Financial Planning and Reporting

Steve Popham Head of Research Accounting, University of Exeter
Jenni Stergiou, Director of Training & Development
Jennifer Stergiou Head of Research Operations & Reporting at University of Leeds
13th February 2018 9:00 am
13th February 2018 4:10 pm
Room K806, Keyworth Centre, Keyworth Street, London SE1 6NG, United Kingdom   View map
0131 357 9854


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9.00 Registration

9.30 Introduction

9.40 Post Award Finance in context

10.20 Institutional context

10.30 Financial Management

10.40 Refreshment break

11.00 1st workshop

11.30 Financial Sustainability

12.15 Planning

12.45 Lunch

13.30 Forecasting

14.05 Variance Analysis

14.40 Refreshment break

15.00 Accounting & Risk

15.15 Reporting

15.30 Audit

15.45 Due Diligence

16.00 Summary & questions

16.10 Finish


As Research Council funding becomes more competitive, organisations are continuing to diversify their research funding streams in order to develop a more balanced funding portfolio and to spread risk. This requires research managers to become more involved in planning and forecasting to ensure financial sustainability of the project portfolio over time. This workshop replaces PAF II.

The aim of this workshop is to provide delegates with a specific and practical understanding of post-award financial administration processes, within the context of managing a project portfolio.

Topics covered will include:-

  • Post-award finance in context
  • Institutional context
  • Financial management
  • Financial sustainability
  • Reporting
  • Planning and forecasting
  • Ethics and governance

The workshop will give attendees the opportunity to meet and discuss financial topics in respect of research management with colleagues from across the sector.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the key principles of managing project finance
  • Assess how current political, environmental and social factors may influence development of the project portfolio
  • Explain what an organisation should consider in order to maintain a balanced funding portfolio
  • Understand how to use financial accounts to undertake a risk assessment across the funding portfolio
  • Understand the role of the financial administrator within the broader organisational context

Target Audience

This is a management level course particularly suitable for those who have between two to five years experience in a post-award research finance role.

Prior Knowledge Required

Participants will be expected to have basic accounts experience in a university environment and understand financial terms such as ledger, journal and accrual.


This event is a Technical Knowledge Workshop. Technical Knowledge Workshops focus on helping delegates to acquire the knowledge and behaviours required to undertake particular aspects of their role. Delegates can expect to hear form a recognised expert(s) in the topic area and can include individual and group activities and discussion. ARMA currently run ~12 technical knowledge workshops throughout the training and development annual calendar. Members receive a discount of £125 + VAT off of these events.

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