Supporting successful organisations in the education sector with accountancy and business advice.


The education sector in the UK is changing at a fast pace and the short-term outlook is challenging regardless of the stage of provision.

Moving forward from social distancing and massive on-line learning will take time and blended learning is likely to be richer in online content as well as the use of technology. The financial challenges are enormous, and the next few years are going to be difficult for many providers - though not without some opportunities. The income from fees and public income is an issue regardless of stage of provision, and the cost of defined benefit pension schemes is an ongoing concern for many, but top of the list for most will be recruitment.

Whether you work in the public or private sector, we have a dedicated team of experts operating across the UK who can support you in this challenging environment.

Our services to the education sector range from audit to divestment, strategic advice at Board level through to negotiating public/private partnerships. Our cyber security team is market-leading and our consultancy team has a track record of advising on strategic estates strategies and transformational property management, from new student accommodation projects through to the development of new learning and teaching spaces with links to commercial development.

Our clients include a diverse range of universities, alternative providers, colleges, independent schools, academies and training providers, as well as government agencies and NDPBs. Our work crosses both public and private sectors and runs from nursery to post graduate.

We work closely with the Department for Education, the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and the Office for Students.  We also work with a number of key sector bodies, including the British Universities Finance Directors Group and the Association of Colleges.

Our services in education include:

  • Assurance frameworks
  • Business case development
  • Business services support (accountancy and payroll)
  • Cyber security
  • Data audit
  • Debt advisory
  • Due diligence
  • e-Business solutions
  • Employee taxes
  • External and internal audits
  • Financial modelling
  • Financial viability reviews
  • Forensic investigations
  • Governance reviews
  • Information technology strategy, appraisal and testing
  • Higher education internal audit and risk advisory
  • Tax planning, compliance, group restructuring and international tax.

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