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About us

Finance is organised into a series of teams to provide the University with the support it needs. Find out about each of our teams and services below:

Who we are and what we donumbers and pen

Finance provides financial services across the whole of the University, its subsidiaries and trusts. These services are provided through three groups:

  • Financial Planning and Strategy

  • Specialist Accounting
  • Transactional Services

We also provide support for the finance software through the Financial Systems team.

The principal users of our services are:

  • The University Executive Board and its individual members
    Schools and their Heads
  • Functions and their Heads
  • Strategy and Finance Committee
  • Council
  • University subsidiaries and related bodies
  • Students
  • External stakeholders including funding bodies, research councils and monitoring bodies

For further detail on the services we provide to various user groups across the University, please see our service statement, which sets out our standard services.

How to access our serviceAbacus

When we're available

We are available from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Thursday and until 16.30 on Friday. Outside of these hours any requests or queries should be forwarded to the relevant email address below and these will be responded to and dealt with as soon as possible.

Finance Business Partners and Finance Analysts will cross-cover for absent colleagues whenever reasonably possible within their team.

How to contact us

Finance is located in Whiteknights House.

If you know which area you need to contact, please see contact details below. Otherwise, you may call our general help desk on extension 6130. This number will operate as a first enquiry and, in the event that the query cannot be dealt with, your call will be referred to other colleagues for a response.

Business Partners can also be contacted by a School or Function and will be pleased to assist on budgets, forecasts, management accounts, costing and pricing. Their contact details together with the areas they are responsible for are below.

 

Finance Team members are happy to meet users at their own offices, especially as this may allow other colleagues to participate more easily in any meetings. They are also willing to attend any local management meetings that are held to explain any of the financial statements or similar. Alternatively, meetings can be held in Finance.

 Queries  Contact
 Receipts queries  receipts@reading.ac.uk
 Invoice queries  invoice@reading.ac.uk
 Financial Systems  financial-systems@reading.ac.uk
 General accounts queries, new accounts, BIFs etc  finance-help@reading.ac.uk
 Student Credit Control  studentcreditcontrol@reading.ac.uk
 Non - student Credit Control  creditcontrol@reading.ac.uk
 Tax and VAT queries  vat@reading.ac.uk
 Employment status queries  esq@reading.ac.uk

Business Partners - Who to contact

The Business Partner Team is headed by Marie Misselbrook. 

 Contact details  Portfolio

Luke Temple

Finance Business Partner
l.s.temple@reading.ac.uk
01491 418825 (Internal 2037)

Financial Analyst: Gillian Edgar

 Henley Business school

Anne-Marie West

Finance Business Partner
a.west@reading.ac.uk
0118 378 5455 (Internal 5455)

Financial Analyst: Joanna Plaza

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
School of Biological Sciences

Sarah Hockly

Finance Business Partner
s.hockly@reading.ac.uk 
0118 378 2605 (internal 2605)

Institute of Education
School of Law
School of Humanities
School of Politics, Economics and International Relations
School of Literature and Languages

Judith Miles

Finance Business Partner
J.miles@reading.ac.uk
0118 378 6550 (internal 6550)

Financial Analyst: Ben Dearlove


School of Arts, Communication and Design
International Study and Language Institute (ISLI)
School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences
School of Construction Management and Engineering
School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science

Sarah Bartlett

Finance Business Partner

s.l.barlett@reading.ac.uk
0118 378 5455 (internal 5455)

Financial Analyst: Joanna Plaza

 Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy

Rachel Savin

Finance Business Partner

r.l.savin@reading.ac.uk
0118 378 6328 (internal 6328)

 Estates and Facilities


Marie Misselbrook

Head of Finance Planning & Strategy
m.a.misselbrook@reading.ac.uk
0118 378 5201 (internal 5201)

Central Service Functions (Exc. E&F)
University of Reading Malaysia
Thames Valley Science Park

 

Who can request our services

Any of the principal users can request our services however most contact will be between Finance and the Schools / Functions.

To request a new service or task please contact the relevant head of service area concerned, as shown below.

Our commitment to service users

In delivering our services, we commit to the following principles and practices:

  • Giving you high-quality service
  • Ensuring we fully understand the activities undertaken by your School or Function, recognising that there will be differences between them all
  • Respecting the trust you place in us as one of your key professional advisers
  • Working in partnership with you to maximise the benefits for your School or Function where these do not conflict with the University's aims
  • Giving timely and accurate advice that takes account of relevant good business practice statutory accounting principles and the University's strategy
  • Building effective working relationships with you and our wider stakeholders
  • Taking care to understand factors and needs unique to your School, Function or Area of Responsibility
  • Engaging in continuous professional development to maintain and enhance our expertise
  • Delivering an efficient and effective service as regards all transactional activities
  • Ensuring all specialist areas deliver expert, up to date advice on a timely basis

What we need from our service users

In order to deliver an effective service, we require our service users to do the following:

  • Provide us with a clear brief on the support you require from us and the timescale in which it needs to be delivered, letting us know a reasonable time in advance should complex work be required
  • Provide us with sufficient time of budget holders and other relevant colleagues within your School or Function as we may reasonably require in order to perform our work for you
  • Provide us with information and explanations where we cannot obtain these easily ourselves
  • Follow the processes laid down in the relevant financial system on a timely basis in order that workflows operate effectively
  • Make use wherever possible of all automated and self-service systems
  • Ensure compliance with the Financial Regulations
  • Advise us promptly of any changes in staff that will need workflows to be changed in the financial systems

Managing our service

Samantha Foley is responsible for managing the overall service. Samantha is supported within Finance by the following colleagues who head their particular area. Contact details are also shown:

Samantha Foley
Chief Financial Officer

Ext 8101

s.foley@reading.ac.uk

Helen Fowweather
Interim Director of Finance

Ext 8839
h.fowweather@reading.ac.uk

Carol Sherriff
Head of Specialist Accounting

Ext 6964
c.sherriff@reading.ac.uk

Darren Francis
Head of Transactional Services

Ext 8838
darren.francis@reading.ac.uk

 Marie Misselbrook

Head of Finance Planning and Strategy

 Ext 5201

m.a.misselbrook@reading.ac.uk

Karen Wells
Financial Systems Manager

Ext 6136
k.e.wells@reading.ac.uk

Reporting and resolving problems with our service

Users experiencing problems with our service should in the first instance contact the relevant person for that area in Finance as shown above. If the problem is not resolved satisfactorily the user should then contact Helen Fowweather or Samantha Foley.
The Finance Helpdesk can also be contacted to report any problem and this will be escalated to the extent needed in order to resolve the problem.

Providing feedback on our service

We welcome constructive feedback on our services. Compliments and complaints, and suggestions for additions and improvements to our standard services, should be sent to Samantha Foley (s.foley@reading.ac.uk) in the first instance. Periodically, we will request this information as part of the on-going review of our services and their provision.

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