2018/19: Scroll down for highlights and achievements from AUDE.



AUDE Annual Report 2018/19



Foreword: Keith Lilley, AUDE Chair 2018/19 and Director of Estates, Facilities Management & I.T, University of Sheffield

It has been a real privilege to Chair our Association over the last year. Whilst the year has been very demanding it has also been very enjoyable. 

The context of the political turmoil, and in particular Brexit, has led to a very real and challenging environment for higher education to operate within. 

The pending Augar report will change the funding landscape of higher education and no doubt have an enormous impact on the sector. This report has been widely reported directing a reduction in funding which will clearly be challenging for all parts of our sector and will no doubt create challenges for estates and facilities management.

It is in the context of that political change that the Association must respond and that has helped focus much of the AUDE Executive thinking over the last year. 

My aim as Chair has been to continue to focus on our members and reinvest our resources back into membership including..... Find out more >


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Our year

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  1. January 2018: Big Conversation kicks off the year

    The second Big Conversation event from AUDE took place on 25 January 2018 Liverpool Hope University. 100 delegates attended, a mix of directors of estates and commercial organisations. As part of AUDE’s 25th anniversary the day looked at ‘25 years of HE Estates – Lessons from the past to build our future’. Read more >

  2. January 2018: AUDE book published

    Published in January 2018 'AUDE: The First 25 Years' marked the association's anniversary. A unique publication celebrating 25 years of AUDE which featured contributions from 100 UK higher education institutions, ten guest essays from senior estates professionals and a foreword from the association's founding chairs. Copies are available to buy.

  3. April 2018: AUDE annual conference

    AUDE’s annual conference was held at the University of Kent with over 130 delegates and 50 exhibitors attending. The flagship event for HE estates and facilities management professionals, find out more about what took place >

  4. April 2018: AUDE welcomes new chair

    Keith Lilley, Director of Estates, Facilities Management & I.T. at University of Sheffield became AUDE chair for 2018/19. One of his key priorities is succession management for directors of estates and nurturing talent through AUDE’s inaugural Summer School residential for aspiring directors of estates and FM.

  5. April 2018: AUDE awards

    De Montfort University and the University of Bristol were among the winners at the 2018 AUDE Awards which took place on 10th April 2018 at the annual AUDE conference, held at the University of Kent. Each year the awards celebrate and highlight the achievements of universities and best practice in the industry, including those who lead the way in estate and facilities management. See the full list of winners.

  6. May 2018: Launch of the Sustainability Leadership Scorecard

    AUDE announces the development of the Green Scorecard to cover sustainability issues beyond the estates function. Additional aspects included student engagement, learning and teaching, community engagement, business interface and leadership and governance. The wider tool became known as the Sustainability Leadership Scorecard. Developed in conjunction with EAUC, the collective aim was to provide a useful management and developmental tool for our members which is now seeing significant take up in the HE sector. Read more >

  7. June 2018: 50 delegates attend AUDE Summer School

    Our inaugural residential programme to nurture emerging talent in higher education estates and facilities management took place at the University of Nottingham in June 2018.  Delegates heard from current estates directors and sector experts on key topical areas of estates and facilities management over three days, followed by a year long project with smaller groups of Summer School delegate. Watch the highlights video.

  8. October 2018: Launch of AUDE Estates Management Report

    AUDE (The Association of University Directors of Estates) published its annual Estates Management Report (EMR), developed in collaboration with global real estate advisor CBRE in October 2018. After gathering and analysing data reflecting the key activities and targets of estates management teams in more than 160-member universities across the UK, the report showed that the overall performance level of university estates is better than ever. Read more.

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AUDE member benefits

Member benefits

  • Opportunities to sit on the AUDE executive committee 
  • Attendance at the AUDE annual conference
  • Reduced cost training and development  
  • Participation in regional meetings and activities
  • Access to key tools and reports such as
  • Higher Education Estates Management Report
  • Sustainability Leadership Scorecard
  • Capital Cost Database
  • Access to private online discussion forums
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Business partner benefits 

  • guaranteed exhibition and delegate attendance at our annual conference 
  • Opportunity to meet and develop relationships with our members, including 171 directors of estates, their deputies and and heads of department. 
  • Access to our flagship Estates Management Report, other resources and website
  • Priority contact for sponsorship and other business development opportunities 
  • Your articles published to our members 
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About AUDE

The Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) is the representative body for higher education (HE) estates and facilities staff. Its members are the directors of estates and facilities from 171 institutions in the UK, five oversees institutions and alternative providers and three carefully selected business partners. In total, we have over 1200 individual members from across these sectors. 

AUDE works closely with other sector representatives, charitable, and regulatory organisations for the benefit of its members. It is run under the umbrella organisation Professional HE Services Ltd (PHES). PHES is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and is owned entirely by its member HE institutions. 


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Regional groups

Space management

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AUDE's statement of accounts for the year ending 31 July 2018.


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