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Durham University

Business Assurance Service

University Assurance Service

What is University Assurance?

The University Assurance Service will provide University Council, Audit Committee and the University Executive Committee (UEC) with independent assurance about the adequacy and effectiveness of risk management, control and governance and value for money (VfM). The Service forms part of the University Secretary’s Office. As such, it is independent of the University’s management and with direct links to University Council and the Audit Committee.

The Service goes beyond the traditional role of internal audit – which focuses on checking compliance and controls. The Service focuses on business processes rather than systems and a clear link to the organisation's strategy and goals. It seeks to provide managers and all stakeholders of the University with assurances that processes for managing risks faced by the University are adequate and operating effectively.

The work of the Service is overseen by the Audit Committee and is directed to meet the University’s needs by the Committee and the HEFCE Accountable Officer for the University, the Vice-Chancellor.

Contact Us

University Assurance Service
Mountjoy Centre
Maple Wing
Stockton Road

T: (0191) 334 4516