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St George’s, University of London is required by our regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), to have a risk management framework in place, in order to “ensure sustainability of operations and ability to continue to comply with all of its conditions of registration”.

OfS identifies risk management as one of nine public interest governance principles applicable to universities. Risk management provides the university with assurances over its operations, and its ability to continue to comply with all of its conditions of registration with the OfS.

St George’s reviewed its risk management framework in 2017-2018, and following approval of the framework by Council, the latest framework was embedded in 2018-2019.

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Policy and decision making
  • The risk management policy defines risk management for the institution, and is approved annually by the Risk Audit and Efficiency Committee.

  • The Risk Audit and Efficiency Committee meets four times a year, and reports directly to Council and to Audit Committee.

  • The Risk Audit and Efficiency Committee has an annual reporting timetable, to highlight the institutional reporting responsibilities in relation to risk management.

  • The Risk Audit and Efficiency Committee has responsibility for approving policies, providing guidance, managing the strategic risk register, and overseeing local risk registers institution-wide.

The strategic risk register
  • The strategic risk register is the core risk management tool of the institution, comprising 21 risks in 2018-2019. It is linked to the Strategic Plan 2017-2022 where possible, and includes summary reports and explanatory appendices relating to risk scores and risk appetite.

  • Each strategic risk has a risk owner, and the content of the strategic risk register is updated in-between each meeting of the Risk Audit and Efficiency Committee by risk owners.

  • Amendments to the strategic risk register are managed by the Risk Management Coordinator and a revised document is considered at each meeting of the Risk Audit and Efficiency Committee, Council and Audit Committee.

Management risk registers
  • A list of local risk registers is managed and agreed by the Risk Audit and Efficiency Committee.

  • There are three research institute risk registers, a register for the (joint) Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, and one for the Institute of Medical and Biomedical Educaltion.

  • Professional services and institutional projects also have management risk registers which are updated annually for submission to the Risk Audit and Efficiency Committee.

Risk management is constantly under review and ongoing refinements are made to the risk management policy and process.

Contact

Sheila Durkin

020 8725 4698

 

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