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Strategic Finance Programme for Executive Leaders

Build your financial literacy to operate confidently in the complex area of financial resourcing issues

The challenges and choices now facing HE have never been more complex. Senior and executive leaders need to be able to lead with an advanced level of financial acumen, enabling them to successfully navigate financial resourcing issues, improve strategic level decision making and implement the right solutions across their institutions.

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Strategic Finance Programme for Executive Leaders 

Starts: 25 February 2020

Booking deadline: 3 February 2020

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Developing the financial literacy of executive/ senior managers

Senior HE leaders need to be able to engage with both strategic and financial issues, but without sufficient familiarity with this complex area, it can be difficult to confidently lead and make informed decisions. 

Our Strategic Finance Programme equips leaders with these skills and insights via coverage of such topics as: financial strategy; analysing and understanding accounts; business and resource planning; understanding key sources of university funding and the risks and opportunities of alternative funding options; and a range of operating models including overseas partnerships.

The overall course has given me greater understanding and ability to understand the accounts and accounting process which will allow me to be more involved and engaged in some the financial planning details."

Alistair Finlay, Faculty Director of Operations, Queen's University Belfast

How is the programme delivered

SFP is an open programme delivered in a cohort structure. Now re-designed as an immersive three-day module with self-directed e-learning prior to the start. This programme is led by a highly experienced facilitator and expert in strategic finance.

Delivery will be a mixture of:
• Whole group input supported by coaching and peer learning
• Individual and group work around financial scenarios
• Expert guest speakers


Topics Covered 

  • Financial Strategy 
  • Analysing and understanding accounts 
  • Business and resource planning 
  • Understanding key sources of university funding 

Financial Strategy

How the finance strategy supports and enables the Institution Strategy. Introducing the concept and implications of financial sustainability and the key ratios used to measure relative sustainability.


Analysing and understanding accounts:

Reading and interpreting accounts and the use of ratios to analyse accounts, including how they are calculated, what they can indicate and pitfalls in using them.


Business and resource planning:

Introducing tools and techniques such as payback and discounted cash flow to support decision making; appraising projects and assessing their viability; allocation of revenue and capital resources.


Understanding key sources of university funding

Discussing external funding alternatives and types of bank finance; the roles of external advisors.

What are the programme outcomes

Successful completion of SFP benefits the participant and their institution.

The institution benefits from participants developing their financial literacy, and in doing so they are better able to contribute to strategic discussions with financial implications. Additionally, participants will share the knowledge and expertise gained through attending with others at your institution, spreading good practice and methods within faculties.

Participants will improve their financial knowledge and consolidate their understanding of financial factors and risks in decision-making.

Participants will be better equipped to make informed decisions around complex financial issues.


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