HR - learning & organisational development


Making Sense of Budgets

Session Leader

Alan Parkinson


One full day


This Workshop aims to improve your understanding and application of the frameworks used for practical budgetary control.


By the end of the Workshop you will be equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable you to better manage budgets through to improved budgetary planning and control, resulting in more effective day to day resource management.


Specifically, the intended outcomes are to:


Appreciate the strategic context of budgeting,

Understand the nature and purpose of budgeting systems,

Be able to differentiate between full economic/resource costs and cash-based,
costs and understand the implications for budget preparation and management,

Be able to link staff behaviour to budgeting systems influences,

Understand the rationale of differing approaches to budget preparation, particularly the incremental, zero base and priority base budgeting approaches,

Be able to identify the causes of variances from budget,

Be better able to measure performance.


Who will benefit?

Those responsible for managing budgets in a University context

Information Covered

Why Bother with Budgeting?

Looking at Numbers: Cash, Commitment, Resource, fEC Budgets,

People, Budgets & Behaviour,

Approaches to Building Budgets,

Making Sense of Variances,

Managing & Measuring Budgetary Performance through PIs,

Review, Evaluation and Next Steps.


The Workshop comprises ‘chalk & talk’, practical activities, and delegate inter-action.    

To book a place on a session or join the waiting list please use the booking form.

Registry, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 764000 or contact us

Last Updated: 23/01/2013