KPMG, the University’s external auditors, will be carrying out their annual final audit of the University during the seven weeks from 13 September 2021. As part of this audit, KPMG will want to take a sample of PeopleXD data relating to starters, leavers, amendments to standing data and payroll changes as they have done in previous years and in order to check it to back-up documentation which is often held in the departments. They will also review any material redundancy packages.
KPMG have the right under their audit terms with the University to ask for this information as it could impact on the accuracy of the financial statements; they also have a confidentiality agreement with the University. HR officers are asked to respond promptly to all queries asked by a member of KPMG, who will all have a “kpmg.co.uk” email address.
The whole audit will be mainly conducted remotely so this may mean we need to set up some Teams meetings to go through information and use “shared screen” for KPMG to see some information.
We will try and to obtain in advance, the departments that KPMG intend to pick their sample from, so we can pre-warn you of the need for information and provide details of the auditor who will be in contact. Information should be sent securely to KPMG to comply with GDPR.
Any questions or concerns about this audit should be directed to Charles Morgan, Payroll Manager, or Ben Heath, Director of Technical Accounting and Reporting.