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What we spend and how we spend it

The Operating and Financial Review 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; as well as 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.

Information about the up to date financial position (PDF, 72KB) is published annually in December.

This short guide explains where the University's income comes from and how is it invested.

Capital programme

Information about the University's capital programme is available in the Operating and Financial Review which can be found here.

Financial regulations and procedures

The current Financial Regulations were approved by the Board of Governors in June 2018. It applies to the University and its subsidiary or associated companies. The Financial Regulations of the University apply equally to all the activities of the University, regardless of the funding source or any other form of monetary consideration. The Board of Governors is responsible for ensuring that the University has sound systems of internal financial and management control. The University must also adhere to the OfS (Office for Students) Audit Code of Practice as a condition of receiving grant from OfS. The Financial Regulations of the University form part of this overall system of control and accountability. More information about OfS is available via its website.

Staff allowances and expenses

The University publishes the following policies relating to staff allowances and expenses

  • Expenses Policy
  • Purchase Card Policy

For a copy of these policies please contact Finance (phone 0114 2253900 or email finost@shu.ac.uk).

Please also see the University's Financial Regulations.

The University publishes details of expenses claims (XLS, 28KB) submitted by and paid to members of the University's Executive Group twice a year in November and May. Information for the current and previous two financial years is available.

Staff pay and grading structures

The University has a single pay spine and grade structure for academic and non-academic staff below the senior staff grades.

The University provides information about the salaries of members of the University's Executive Group each year on 1 August. Salaries are given in £10,000 salary bands in accordance with the Information Commissioner's definitions for this Publication Scheme.

The University can also provide information about the 'pay multiple' - the ration between the highest paid salary and the media average salary of the whole of the University's workforce. This will be calculated on 1 August each year.

This information is available from the Information Governance team by email foi@shu.ac.uk.

Register of suppliers

The University publishes a list of University approved suppliers where an agreement or contract is in place.

A list of all current suppliers is also available.

This information is available from the Information Governance team by email foi@shu.ac.uk.

Procurement and tender procedures and reports

An overview of the University's procurement procedures is available on the suppliers section of the website . This includes a copy of the General Terms and Conditions of Purchase to which the University adheres, information about the collaborative procurement consortium to which the University belongs, and information about the EU Public Procurement legislation with which the University must comply.

Please also see the University's Financial Regulations.

This information is available from the Information Governance team by email foi@shu.ac.uk.

Contracts

The University publishes a list of contracts exceeding £25,000. The list includes contracts active during the current year and which were active in the previous two financial years.

This information is available from the Information Governance team by email foi@shu.ac.uk.

This report (XLSX, 46kb) provides information about payments to suppliers over £25,000. The figures are inclusive of VAT. Further information about these payments is available on request.

Research funding

Information about research funding is included in the Operating and Financial Review.

Media releases relating to research grants and funding are available via our Media Centre.

Publicly funded research grants are available on funder websites. Individual UK Research Councils can be accessed via the UK Research and Innovation website.

Information about charity-funded research may be available on individual charities' websites.

Trade Union Facility Time

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 require the University to publish information on trade union facility time. View the Trade Union Facility Time Report (PDF, 177Kb) for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

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