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Finance Division


New online course - Import principles for HE Procurement and School/Departmental staff 

This new online course is available covering the basic rules and considerations for the import of goods into the UK , this covers whether the goods are purchased, loaned, donated or sent free of charge to us. The course has been created by the British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) so is tailored to the HE sector and is currently hosted on their website. 

Target audience The course is quite detailed but it is aimed at non-tax specialists so there is no need to have an in-depth knowledge of tax. Therefore, it may be useful to those in central procurement teams, finance or administrative staff in departments who deal with paperwork and declarations for imports and obtaining goods from overseas.  
Duration The course is quite long and detailed (approx. 1.5 - 2 hrs), and you may prefer to progress it over more than one sitting. 
Accessing the course

You will need to have a BUFDG account. Then go to their eLearning page course directory page  

If you haven't already got an account it is quick and easy to register for one at However, please note it can take up to 24 hours after registration for your account to be fully active and you can access the course. 

Feedback  We are keen to assess the appropriateness of this course for Cambridge and how easy it is to access. Therefore, we are keen to hear your feedback via this online form. 


For more support with arranging imports and exports please see the University's Import Export Hub 




The Finance Training Team is responsible for equipping University staff with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to manage ther institutional accounts effectively. In addition to a schedule programme of face-to-face sessions both at Greenwich House and at venues around the University , the team also provides a growing range of on-line interactive courses and are happy to work with departments devising bespoke programmes.

Our training and support can be categorised into four main themes:

  • use of the University's finance systems
  • skills and best practice for managing Departmental finances
  • compliance training for financial related legislation
  • vocational and professional qualifications for staff 

Finance systems training

  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Fixed Assets
  • General Ledger
  • Grants
  • Purchasing 
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Managing departmental finances

  • Cash handling
  • Excel
  • Budgeting
  • Reporting
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