Finance Department Sections

List of Finance Department sections.

The work of the Finance Department is divided between a number of sections, each with specific responsibilities.

Senior Management Team

The Directorate is responsible for the overall management and organisation of the University of Edinburgh Finance Department.

Accounts Payable

Accounts Payable are responsible for ensuring the correct and timely payment of all University of Edinburgh invoices and expenses.

Business Planning

The Business Planning team provides professional business partnering support to colleagues across the University, principally assisting with the preparation of a business case.

Cash Office

The Cash Office team provides a wide range of services including the processing and recording of all income, disbursement of cash and the management of treasury balances.

Financial Information, Reporting & Strategy Team (FIRST)

Providing professional accounting services – including financial planning, reporting, analysis and insight - to the University Group. The team is merged from the former Management and Financial Accounting Teams.

Finance Systems Team

The Finance Systems Team provides second line support and training for finance systems and is responsible for finance systems strategy and the Finance, Payroll, Procurement & Printing Projects Programme.

Income Section

The Income Section supports other University departments who provide chargeable goods and services to people and organisations.

Insurance Office

The Insurance Department arranges cover for University buildings, contents, computers, motor vehicles, travel, employers and public liability insurance. As well as providing advice and support on insurance matters, it’s also responsible for the management and handling of claims made against the University.

Payroll Services

The Payroll Services provides a comprehensive service to University of Edinburgh employees, casual staff and pensioners on all payroll related matters.

Pensions Office

The Pensions Office is responsible for administering the University of Edinburgh Staff Benefits Scheme, and for providing information on other pension schemes.

Research Grants

The Research Grants team provide post-award research grant administration and support.

Tax Team

The Tax Team is responsible for ensuring that the University complies fully with all relevant tax laws, rules, regulations, statutory reporting and disclosure requirements wherever we operate.


The Treasury Services function covers the areas of liquidity, investments and risk management. Treasury are responsible for managing Treasury balances, support and guide the activities of the University’s Investment Committees and act as primary contact for the University’s banking and investing relationships.