Jargon Buster

The University is a complicated organisation and one of the biggest issues for staff (new and existing) is the endless list of acronyms that we use in meetings, emails and in day-to-day conversation. To help, we’ve produced a list of acronyms that we hear regularly across the College together with an explanation of what they are.

If you know of others, feel free to email Carrie Bennett or use the Intranet enquiry form and we’ll add it to this list.


A2B - Access to Birmngham Scheme

AACSB - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

ABCs - Academic Budget Centres

ACCA - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

ACER - Autism Centre for Education and Research

AHRC - Arts & Humanities Research Council

AG - Annual Giving

Alta HR - University payroll and personnel software package

Alumni - Individuals that have graduated from the University (plural)

Alumnus - Male graduate

Alumna - Female graduate

AMBA - Association of MBAs

AMT - Accounting Management Team

AR - Alumni Relations

ASSC - Advanced Social Sciences Collaborative

ASA - Academic & Student Administration

ASOG - Academic Support Operations Group

ASPB - Approved Start Point Budget

ASSK - Academic Services Sharing Knowledge

AVD - Applicant Visit Day 


BAME - Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic

Banner - Database of students, applicants, modules and programmes

BBS - Birmingham Business School

BSS - Birmingham Student Survey

BCC - Birmingham City Council

BDM - Business Development Manager

BFA - Birmingham Foundation Academy

BIRMS - Banner Student Records Information Reporting and Management System

BOG - Budget Oversight Group

BOXI - Business Objectives XI - used to access a central repository of management information reports

BPAS - Birmingham Pension and Assurance Scheme

BIQAES - Birmingham Integrated Quality Assurance & Enhancement

BP - Business Partner

BPAS - Birmingham Pension & Assurance Scheme (closed support staff pension scheme)

BRDL - Birmingham Research & Development Ltd

BRPL - Birmingham Research Park Ltd

BSPCG - Business Systems Project Co-ordination Group

BSS - Birmingham Student Survey

BSSG - Business Systems Strategy Group

BUAFTA - Birmingham University Awards for Tremendous Achievement

BUiD - British University in Dubai


CAL - College of Arts and Law

CARM - College Alumni Relations Manager

CAS - Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies

CB - College Board

CBSP - Centre for Business Strategy and Procurement

CEDPMG - College Estate Development Project Management Group

CHASM - Centre for Household Assets and Savings Management

CiB - Careers in Business

CIER - Centre for International Education and Research

CIM - Chartered Institute of Marketing

CIMA - Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

CIPD - Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

CIPFA - Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy

CIPS - Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply

CMS - Content Management System

Coda - University financial system software

Col - Circles of Influence (our £160m fundraising campaign) 

CoSS - College of Social Sciences

CLA -Copyright Licensing Agency

CLAD - Centre for Learning and Academic Development

CLF - College Leadership Forum

CL&T - College Learning & Teaching Committee

CLUB - Centre for Leadership at the University of Birmingham

CODA - University financial system software

CPARC - College Programme Approval Review Committee

CPD - Continuing Professsional Development

CPP - College Planning Partner

CREES - Centre for Russian and East European Studies

CREW - Centre for Research on the Economy & the Workplace

CRSO - College Research Support Office


DARO - Development and Alumni Relations Office

DFID - Department for International Development

DISN - Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs

DocRes - Doctoral Research

DoE - Director of Education

DoF - Director of Finance

DoH - Department of Health

DoOps - Directors of Operations

DoRKT - Director of Research & Knowledge Transfer

DQAE - Director of Quality & Assurance Enhancement

DLHE - Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education

DR - Doctoral Researcher

DSA - Development Studies Association

DSE - Desk Station Evaluation

DSPB - Draft Start Point Budget


EADI - European Association of Development Research & Training Institutes

EiC - Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre

EDC - Equality and Diversity Committee

EFMD - European Foundation for Management Development

EISU - English for International Students Unit

EPS - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

EQUIS - European Quality Improvement System

ERI - European Research Institute

ESRC - European & Social Research Council

EU - European Union


FEC - Full Economic Costing

FEOGS - Facilities and Estates Operations Group

FIN form - Finance forms used for a variety of purposes

FCO - Foreign and Commonwealth Office

FoI - Freedom of Information (Act)

FTC - Fixed Term Contract


GPPP - Group Personal Pension Scheme (support staff pension scheme)

GRaB - Great Read at Birmingham

GSDRC - Governance and Social Development Resource Centre

GTS - Graduate Trainee Scheme (see also NHS MTS)


HAS - Hospitality and Accommodation Services

HE - Higher Education

HEI - Higher Education Institution

HoBC - Head of Budget Centre

HEFCE - Higher Education Funding Council for England

HESA - Higher Education Statistics Agency

HMRC - Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs

HoC - Head of College

HoD - Head of Department

HoS - Head of School

HR - Human Resources

HRF&P - Human Resources, Finance and Planning Group

HSMC - Health Services Management Centre

HYS - Have Your Say survey of University staff


IAM - Identity and Access Management

IASIA – International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration

IASS - Institute of Applied Social Studies

IBCT - Inter Budget Centre Transfer

ICAEW - Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

ICCS - Institute of Conflict, Cooperation and Security

ICG - Infrastructure Coordination Group

ICO - Information Commissioner's Office

ICSA - Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

IDD - International Development Department

IDM - Income Distribution Model

IiP - Investors in People

ILM - Institute of Leadership and Management

INLOGOV - Institute of Local Government Studies

IPR - Intellectual Property Rights

ISAS - International Students' Advisory Service

ISB - International Student Barometer

ISSG - Information Security Steering Group

ISSS - International Student Satisfaction Survey

ITIG - IT Infrastructure Group

ITS - IT Services


JH - Joint Honours

JICS - Joint Information Systems Committee

JNCC - Joint Negotiating and Consultative Committee for academic and academic related staff unions

JUC - Joint Negotiating Committee for support staff unions


KIS - Key Information Sets

KPI - Key Performance Indicator(s)

KPT - Key Performance Target(s)

KT - Knowledge Transfer


LES - College of Life and Environmental Sciences

L&T - Learning and Teaching

LRAT - Learning Resources Accommodation Team

LRP - Local Resiliance Plan


MarComms - Marketing Communications team (based in External Relations)

MDS - College of Medical and Dental Sciences

MES - Module Evaluation System

MIRG - Major Investments Review Group

MIU - Management Information Unit

MMM - VC's Monday Morning Meeting for senior staff (sometimes referred to as 3M or M3)

MOMD - Modules Outside the Main Discipline

MPC - Market Priced Course(s)

MGM/NGO - Major Gift Manager/Major Gift Officer



NGO - Non Governmental Organisation

NHS MTS - National Health Service Management Trainee Scheme

National Institute for Health Research

NORAD - Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

NSS - National Student Survey


OECA - Outstanding Early Career Academic

OFFA - Office For Fair Access

OIA - Office of the Independent Adjudicator

OMC - Operational Management Committee


PDP - Personal Development Plan

PDR - Performance and Development Review

PEEPs - Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans

PG - Postgraduate

PGR - Postgraduate Research

PGT - Postgraduate Taught

PI - Performance Indicator

PI - Principal Investigator (lead academic on a research project)

POD - People and Organisational Development, part of HR

POLSIS - Department of Political Science and International Studies

PREVENT - Preventing Violent Extremism Strategy (part of Government's counter terrorism strategy)

PROACTIS - University's online expenditure control system

PSA - Personal Skills Award

PSA - Public Services Academy

PSPB - Proposed Start Point Budget

PTVL - Part Time Visiting Lecturer

PVC - Pro-Vice Chancellor


QAEC - Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee

QAA - Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education



RCMG - Research Computing Management Group

RCS - Research and Commercial Services

RCUK - Research Councils UK

REF- Research Excellence Framework

R&KT - Research and Knowledge Transfer

RLG - Registrar's Leadership Group


SDF - Strategic Development Fund

SE - Sustainable Excellence

SEPs - Sustainable Excellence Proposals

SF - Strategic Framework

SLC - Student Loans Company

SMART - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Bound

SME - Small and Medium sized Enterprises

SMT - Senior Management Team

SOG - Senior Officers Group (Directors of Corporate Services)

SPB - Start Point Budget

SPRC - Strategic Planning and Resources Committee

Sustex - Sustainable Excellence


TAMU - Teaching Accommodation Management Unit

TAS - Time Allocation Survey

TRAC - Transparent Approach to Costing

TSRC - Third Sector Research Centre


UA - Unified Administration (All staff in Colleges and Corporate Services who are professional administrators)

UCAS - University and Colleges Admissions Service

UEB - University Executive Board

UG - Undergraduate

UKBA - United Kingdom Border Agency

ULF - University Leadership Forum

UN - United Nations

UNCHS - United Nations Commission on Human Settlements (habitat)

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

USF -  University Services Forum

USS - Universities Superannuation Scheme

UST - University Senior Tutor

USU - University Service Unit

UUK - Universities UK


VC -Vice Chancellor

VP - Vice-Principal and Provost 



WRAP - Workshops for Raising Awareness of PREVENT