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Priorities

Annual report

The Operating and Financial Review (previously the Annual Report) contains the University's financial statements and accounts for the last financial year. These include information about the University's expenditure including staff costs, pension costs, other operating expenses, investments and reserves. The University's financial year runs for a 12 month period from the beginning of August to the end of July. The accounts are finalised, audited and approved by the Board of Governors each year in November/December and are published in December/January. The Operating and Financial Review for the most recent financial year and back to the year ending 31 July 1997 are available to view in the finance section of the website.

Corporate and business plans

Information on the University's Transforming Lives strategy can be found here.

Teaching and learning strategy

The Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy is available from the Quality and Standards section of our website.

Academic quality and standards

The University publishes information about academic quality and standards on our website. This includes information about academic policies and procedures, assessment, programme specifications, the academic calendar, the National Student Survey, external examiners, validation of degrees and information about research degrees. Our quality and standards policies, procedures, and systems are available online at the Quality and Standard section of our website.

The University also routinely publishes information about academic quality via the Unistats website which is the official website for comparing UK higher education course data and includes official data on each university and college's satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and the Key Information Set (KIS) which is designed for use by prospective students.

External and internal audit – review information

The Operating and Financial Review contains the University's financial statements and accounts for the last financial year. These include a report from the external auditors who have a statutory duty to examine and give an opinion on the University's annual financial statements, review the financial aspects of corporate governance and assess the overall use of public resources. The University's financial year runs for a 12 month period from the beginning of August to the end of July. The accounts are finalised, audited and approved by the Board of Governors each year in the autumn and are published once they have been approved.

A document setting out the role of internal audit as well as the terms of reference for internal audit at the University are both available from the Information Governance Team by email at foi@shu.ac.uk.

Corporate relations

Government and regulatory reports

  • reports are made to the Office for Students (OfS). This information is available from the Office for Students website. 
  • reports are made to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). This information is published on the HESA website
  • the University publishes information about external reviews of academic quality and standards on our website. You can also access the publicly available reports on the Quality Assurance Agency's website
  • the Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the peer review system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs), and informing the selective distribution of public funds for research. 
  • Ofsted reports for our teacher education courses and our nursery can be found on the Ofsted website
  • the University makes statutory returns to the Department of Education with respect to initial teacher training provision. Some information is available from the GOV.UK website.

The University's compliance with its duties under the Equality Act 2010

The University's equality and diversity web pages set out the University's approach to inclusion, key information on the Equality Act 2010, and how the University will implement the Public Sector Equality Duty. The Information includes the University's Equality Priorities, Equality Information, schemes, reports and policies.

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