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The AUDE Awards are an annual highlight for the association, giving us a chance to focus on some of the fantastic estates and facilities teams, and their projects, that contribute so significantly to the success of our universities, year-round.

As with much else, the coronavirus has hit our plans this year, and we have been unable to announce our award winners at the AUDE Conference as we usually would. But we are very pleased and proud to be able to announce our award winners today. No gala dinner this year and no chance for a moment in the spotlight. But our winners are every bit as outstanding as in previous years and we will find a way of celebrating with them at some point in the future.

We are really grateful to all who were nominated for an AUDE Award. Speaking on behalf of the award judges, Jane White, AUDE’s Executive Director, was keen to note the depth and quality of award submissions. “At this incredibly busy time for estates teams we can take a step back to learn about the brilliant projects and team effort from our award winners. There is much that is transferable here, and in calmer days we hope estates teams across the country will do exactly that – find a space to learn from some exceptional work. We send the most enormous congratulations to all our award winners.”

Our 2020 Award winners and highly commended 

AUDE Estates/Facilities Team of the Year Award

Winner: The Estates and Campus Services Team, University of Stirling

Highly Commended: Facilities Team, Lancaster University


University Impact initiative of the Year Award

Winner: Estates Accessibility and Inclusion Initiatives, University of Warwick 

Highly Commended: The Impact of Wellbeing on Performance at the Frontline of FM, Manchester Metropolitan University


AUDE Award for Reaching Higher

Winner: Wind Turbine Community Benefit Fund, Lancaster University 

Highly Commended: Food + Wood, Loughborough University


AUDE Award for Emerging Talent

Joint winners: Jessica McGrellis, University of Glasgow and Grace Smith, Sheffield Hallam University

Highly Commended: Charlotte Winnert, University of Sheffield


The AUDE Chair’s Award for Long-term Contribution

Winner: Andrew Burgess, Lancaster University


The AUDE Summer School Award

AUDE also recognised the best team performance from the 2019 - 2020 Summer School residential programme for aspiring higher education directors of estates. The winners of the group project work are: 

Naomi Ashenden (Keele University), Anna Cockman (Lancaster University), Jonathan Craner (University of Portsmouth), Jack Hunter (Newcastle University), Richard Jenden (LSE), Steve Jordan (University of Manchester), Ian Millar (University of Exeter) and Barry Morton (University of Glasgow) for their report on “A work shadowing framework for the HE sector."


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