Higher Education Bursaries and Scholarship Scheme (HEBSS) Steering Group

The HEBSS Steering Group provides oversight of the HEBSS scheme and acts as a forum for stakeholder liaison and management. They promote the rationale and benefits of the scheme to the higher education sector and other stakeholders and also approve annual estimate of income and expenditure for the scheme.

The purpose of the group is to:

  • Provide oversight of the HEBSS scheme and to act as a forum for stakeholder liaison and management.
  • Promote the rationale and benefits of the Scheme to the higher education sector and other stakeholders.
  • Approve annual estimate of income and expenditure for the Scheme.

Membership

Chair - British Universities Finance Director Group Reggie Blennerhassett BUFDG
AMOSSHE, The Student Services Organisation Jayne Aldridge AMOSSHE
Academic Registrars Council Sharon Harrison-Baker ARC
National Union of Students Sarah Kerton NUS
Office for Fair Access Emma Douthwaite OFFA
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service Kate Howell UCAS
University Warwick Vivienne Sykes
University Oxford Joanna Barry
University Edinburgh Robert Lawrie
Nottingham Trent University Alison Gray
Cardiff University Sheila King
Student Loans Company various SLC


Meeting dates

The HEBSS Steering Group meets three times per year.

Key outputs from the last meeting

20 April 2017

The HEBSS Steering Group received a Service Management Report update. This included an update on the product performance report, improvements, user group update, seminar feedback and technical upgrades.

Members were provided with an update on the operational status report and a finance update. The group also received an update on the SLC 2020 strategy.

OFFA, UCAS and BUFDG provided the group with a stakeholder update advising the group on their current and planned work.

22 November 2016

The HEBSS Steering Group received a positive update on the product and operational performance which noted growth in the scheme in terms of new joiners.

Following the last meeting when the options for the technical upgrade were discussed, a teleconference took place where a subset of the group agreed on a proposal. The group were updated on the progress of the technical upgrade which will first focus on back-end functionality.

Members also considered the changing policy landscape and how this will impact the bursaries service going forward with changes such as those to NHS bursaries in 17/18 and the possibility of part time maintenance loans.

The group gave consensus that contracts will roll over into the next year without any changes being made.

08 March 2016

The HEBSS Steering Group received an update on the product and operational performance, recent and future enhancements and finance with no arising issues.

Members were provided with an update on technical upgrade proposal with four options to consider. The group requested further more detailed information on the options and agreed to discuss this further.

Members also discussed possible impact on the introduction of Postgraduate loans and Government Banking Service moving to a different bank.