I’m thrilled to announce that the past 12 months have been very successful for members and even more significant the progress of the sector as a whole. This report outlines our achievements and identifies where the future challenges and opportunities lie for the Association.
In December 2016, AUDE launched the Estates Managements Report, our flagship publication. With much media interest including two pieces of national coverage secured in The Guardian and The Telegraph it was a proud achievement for all involved. A special thank you goes to Professor Sir Ian Diamond for writing the report’s forward.
This year has arguably presented some of the sector’s toughest challenges yet. Brexit threatens our attraction to European staff and students whilst the true impact of TEF is yet to hit. The sector is changing rapidly and with estates seeing a consistent positive trend in environmental sustainability, building condition, and ‘doing more with less’ despite a reduction in the proportion of university income spent on estates.
AUDE had a superb response for our inaugural Big Conversation event at The London School of Economics with over 70 delegates attending. A mix of high profile speakers, industry experts and AUDE members debating how in the face of challenge we adapt and the role estates has in responded with innovation and provision of world class facilities.
For those who attended the 2016 AUDE conference on the splendid campus of Exeter University I’m sure you will have gained insights into developing themes and trends and utilised networking with our collegiate colleagues. AUDE has continued to develop our approach to the Green Scorecard. The sustainability toolkit is now under phase two of development which will enable the download of a report and the ability to compare with other institutions should you desire. The Green Scorecard is proving to be a very useful tool that helps and supports us in managing the green agenda. I have already seen over 80% of Universities engage with the toolkit.
I have highlighted just some of the activities AUDE is leading on, however, this annual report sets out in much more detail the achievements and progress made by the Association across a whole range of areas to support and enhance the work of the estates and facilities community. A well run estate, with high quality facilities has never been more important in supporting the mission of universities and contributing to a high quality student experience. Our presence in the national, trade and regional press has grown significantly, showing that AUDE is the organisation of choice for expert comment and advice.
The success of AUDE relies on the collaboration and involvement of colleagues throughout the sector who give their time freely to promote and progress the aims of the Association and for mutual benefit. I would like to offer sincere thanks to everyone who has been involved this year. I hope very much that you will continue to support the Association and of course to benefit from it.
I would like to thank the Officers and Executive of AUDE, who have been a huge source of support to me and continue to contribute on your behalf.
I would like to thank Mike Clark (Brighton) as chair-elect and Sue Holmes (Oxford Brookes) as past chair, for their support over the past year. Stephen Wells has supported the Executive as Treasurer and Stephen Godber as Secretary, I thank you both for a job well done.
I am proud to have served as your Chair and I hope my leadership will have helped secure its future and improve its service to members.
I hope that you enjoy reading our Annual Review and Report and I am happy to answer any questions you may have.
Chair of AUDE, Director of Estates and Facilities, University of Surrey