2019/20: Scroll down for highlights and achievements from AUDE.



AUDE Annual Report 2019/20



Foreword, Craig Nowell, AUDE Chair 2019/20 and Director of Campus Infrastructure and Operational Support Services, University of Exeter

It has been a privilege to be entrusted by colleagues to Chair our Association and represent our interests at a nation level during this past year. To say that 2019/20 has been a tumultuous period for the sector and AUDE is perhaps an understatement. However, this has only added to my personal enthusiasm for the role and our collective determination to succeed.

It is unlikely that the political environment we operate within will settle any time soon and to remain relevant and influential we must also remain engaged and agile. In additional to Brexit we are embracing the implications of the demographic dip, student fees, student numbers, potential sector fragmentation around research vs. teaching, immigration policy and pension deficit to name a few. Find out more >


Watch our highlights:

181 member institutions1500 individual members

7500 CPD hours

5 business partners

Our Year
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  1. January 2019: AUDE Big Conversation kicks off the year

    The third AUDE Big Conversation event took place on 24 January 2019 at the McEwan Hall, The University of Edinburgh. 150 delegates attended, a mix of directors of estates, directors of finance and commercial organisations.  Focusing on two main themes - HE finance and state of the estate, provided an open forum and opportunities for discussions and exchanges for the delegates attending to consider and reflect on. Read more > 

  2. April 2019: AUDE Annual Conference

    AUDE's 2019 annual conference took place at the Lancaster University from 15th-17th April. The flagship event for HE estates and facilities management professionals welcomed 225 delegates and 50 exhibitors, find out more about what took place >

  3. April 2019: AUDE awards

    The University of Huddersfield were among the winners at the 2019 AUDE Awards which took place on 16 April 2019 at the annual AUDE conference, held at Lancaster University. 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.

  4. April 2019: AUDE welcomes new chair

    Craig Nowell, AUDE Chair 2019/20 and Director of Campus Infrastructure and Operational Support Services, University of Exeter became AUDE chair for 2019/20. One of his key priorities is strengthening engagement with members and solidifying AUDE's role as ‘the voice’ of estate and facilities management professionals in higher education within the UK and elsewhere. Read more about Craig's appointment

  5. June 2019: 40 delegates attend AUDE Summer School

    Our second residential programme to nurture emerging talent in higher education estates and facilities management took place at the University of Warwick in June 2019. Delegates heard from current estates directors and sector experts on key topical areas of estates and facilities management over three and half days, followed by a year long group project work including assignments and presentations with smaller groups of delegates. This residential provides a network of peers to initiate working relationships with, which for many will be sustained into the future. Watch the highlights video.

  6. June 2019: Sustainability Leadership Scorecard Annual Report

    The first annual Sustainability Leadership Scorecard Report launched in June 2019 and summarised data submitted by 45 institutions in the UK. Institutions who have used the tool were clearly able to point to concrete gains from use of the tool, whether in terms of benchmarking to similar universities, gap analysis, or better high-level reporting of sustainability information. Find out more.

  7. October 2019: Launch of AUDE Estates Management Report

    AUDE published its annual Estates Management Report (EMR), developed in collaboration with global real estate advisor CBRE in October 2019. After gathering and analysing data reflecting the key activities and targets of estates management teams in more than 180-member universities across the UK, the report showed that the overall performance level of university estates is better than ever. Read more.

  8. November 2019: Capital Cost Database Launch

    The AUDE Capital Cost Database launched in November 2019 enabling estates team within universities to access the UK’s largest database of higher education projects and building types, while providing cost and design benchmark data, thereby enabling them to make more informed decisions about capital projects. More info >

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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
  • Find out more >

Business partner benefits 

  • guaranteed exhibition and delegate attendance at our annual conference 
  • Opportunity to meet and develop relationships with our members, including 181 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 
  • Find out more > 

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 181 institutions in the UK, ten oversees institutions and alternative providers and five carefully selected business partners. In total, we have over 1500 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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Working groups

Professional development


Regional groups

Space management

Conference steering group

strategic FM


Estates Management


AUDE's statement of accounts for the year ending 31 July 2019.


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AUDE business partners 2019/20

AUDE business partners 2018/19

 Find out more about becoming a business partner >




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