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Oxford University Gazette, 26 November 2009: Notices


Committee on Value for Money: Promoting Value for Money—case Studies: a message from the Chairman of the Committee on Value for Money

The University takes value for money seriously. We have a duty to make the best use possible of the resources available to us. We need to assure those who provide us with funds—be they government, students, research partners or charitable donors—that the money we receive is used to best effect. Achieving value for money will become more important than ever over the next few years, as funding becomes tighter and resources for new initiatives need to be found from efficiency savings.

The Committee on Value for Money has identified some examples of value for money activities drawn from many important initiatives taking place within the University and these are available to view at These case studies are not intended to be exemplars of best practice; they simply illustrate some of the important work being done around the University. Our aspiration is that some of the practices described in the case studies will be of the interest to others around the University and inspire them to think along similar lines. In any event, we hope you will find them to be thought provoking. We would like the number of value for money case studies to grow, so that our examples of what is happening around the University remain fresh and interesting. We therefore invite all members of staff to develop their own studies for inclusion on our intranet. In the meantime, we hope you find these case studies to be of interest. If you would like any further information about any of them, or about the University's procurement service or other value for money activities, please contact Rob Williams in the Finance Department in the first instance.

                                        Jonathan Michie
            Chairman, Committee on Value for Money

Audit and Scrutiny Committee: Annual Report 2008–9

The Annual Report of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee for 2008–9 has now been posted on the intranet at

Wolfson College: Sunday concert

Young pianists ISATA KANNEH-MASON, SUSANA GÓMEZ VÁZQUEZ, and JONGSUN WOO will play works by Beethoven, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Haydn, and Schumann at 5 p.m. on Sunday, 29 November, in the Hall, Wolfson College. Families welcome. Entrance: £5; concessions £3; children free. Drinks and mince pies will be served. Proceeds are in aid of the college charity, AMREF (the African Medical and Research Foundation).

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