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Business Assurance Service

Fraud Prevention

The Role of the University Assurance Service

The University Assurance Service plans are designed to consider the risk of fraud at the University. We are required by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to 'assess the adequacy of the arrangements to prevent and detect irregularities, fraud and corruption. However, the primary responsibility for preventing and detecting corruption, fraud and irregularities rests with management, who should institute adequate systems of internal control, including clear objectives, segregation of duties and proper authorisation procedures.' (HEFCE Audit Code of Practice Circular 2004/27)

HEFCE Requirements

HEFCE require that all accountable staff in the University should report suspected or actual weaknesses. These reports can be made in confidence to the Head of University Assurance. Further guidance is set out in the University's Fraud Response Plan and Whistle Blowing Policy