The Members of the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) are at the forefront of the Higher Education efficiency and effectiveness agenda. At a time when our sector is having to respond to many political and financial changes including higher tuition fees, a restrained public funding environment, greater competition and the pending changes set out in the recent white paper (even greater competition, degree awarding powers, Teaching Excellence Framework, Research Councils merged, credit transfer system to name a few), it is encouraging to see that the work AUDE and its members do is having a significant impact. That estate teams continue to be leading the way in ensuring the HE sector has world-class facilities that best serve students and staff and provide space to support the delivery of excellent research.
As a sector one of our key areas of focus is how do we continue to, not only deliver value for money in a climate where income is reducing in real terms and competition is increasing, but also find recurrent savings which will enable us to make necessary investments in infrastructure, academic endeavours, student and staff experience. It’s important we have the flexibility to respond to the challenges and opportunities that we face in the coming years. The challenge is significant, but AUDE and its members are tackling this head on, and are able to demonstrate significant progress in this area already. The case studies set out in this document evidence that.
AUDE has a crucial role to play in benchmarking, recommending strategies and sharing best practice to support our members in delivering efficiencies and value for money. As an organisation we often hear of excellent examples of progress and innovation, but it is imperative that these are shared wider afield, and that we recognise the achievements taking place across our sector, learn from what others are doing and always strive for continuous improvement.
With all that in mind, AUDE wanted to produce a report that could act as an evidence base - showcasing how our sector is focusing on efficiency and effectiveness through not only KPI metrics but also through examples from universities across the UK.
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