The Audit Process

The internal audit process is something that most people that are audited are often only aware of when the auditors are on site and this can often give a limited picture of our whole cycle of work. The Internal Audit Service at the University of Birmingham is committed to providing a service that includes constructive involvement and communication. The step-by-step guide provided below identifies the stages of an audit and highlights where we need you to become involved in the process. We have found that things work best when a good working relationship based on clear and continuing communication is managed throughout the audit process.
Most audits follow a pattern that consists of:

  • Planning
  • Fieldwork
  • Reporting
  • Follow-up

Your involvement is crucial to us at each of the four stages identified above. As a result, this does mean a small amount of time may be diverted from your usual routines. However, we are committed to minimising the impact of this and any disruption to your activities.

Take a look at our step-by-step guide:

Stage One: Planning
Stage Two: Fieldwork
Stage Three: Reporting
Stage Four: Follow-up