About PRAS

The principal responsibilities of the section are:


  • Policy support to VC, Pro-VCs and Senior Officers
  • Liaising with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE): policy, consultations, funding round
  • Student number planning and fee levels
  • Strategic Plan development and implementation (Divisional and service plans and budgets). Supporting data is available on Tableau at: https://bits.uas.ox.ac.uk/workbooks/201516planningrounddata. Contact: John Parkhill if you require access
  • Support for Capital Planning processes and projects
  • Secretariat for PRAC, Research Committee and its sub-committees
  • Secretariat for Joint Resource Allocation Advisory Board, Joint Fees and Student Support Advisory Group, Joint Student Number Planning Sub-Committee

Resource Allocation

  • Modelling and operating the Joint Resource Allocation Methodology (JRAM)
  • Maintaining the Collegiate Funding Formula
  • Operating the 123 infrastructure charges

Data Management and Analysis

  • Regulatory funding returns
  • Research Excellence Framework preparation
  • HEFCE/HESA Performance indicators and league table analysis
  • Manage access to HESA’s Heidi online database

Process Improvement

  • Support for the development of efficient and effective operating processes for administrative services across the University (UniForum Project)