AUDE Publications

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EMR Report 2023

AUDE’s annual Estates Management Report (EMR) is the best and most considered analysis that UK universities have to help them make the right long-term strategic decisions about their estates. Estates Directors use the report to benchmark estates activity, and for the facts and accurate data that support the biggest choices about future investment.

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Walking confidently through the minefield

Read the review of our Big Conversation 2023 event, held on 15 and 16 November at the University of Oxford

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SLS Annual Impact Report 2023

The 2023 Sustainability Leadership Scorecard Annual Impact Report is now available.

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Optimising University Estates

AUDE is very pleased today to be able to share with members the results of a piece of work commissioned from the Education Design Unit, in the format of a new report ‘Optimising University Estates’.

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The use and impact of technology on FM service provision in universities

‘The use and impact of technology on FM service provision in universities’, is the report of the July 2023 roundtable discussion held with colleagues from our Strategic Facilities Management Group (led by Lucy Black of the University of Plymouth), and representatives from partner organisations including Sodexo, OCS and Skanska.

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Getting Student Spaces Right

Focus on campus changes that
make the biggest impact to
student experience

August 2023

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AUDE Big Conversation 2022 report

AUDE's 2022 Big Conversation event was held in October and November 2022 in both digital and in-person formats including at the University of Sheffield, and our theme was 'University estates: Time to refocus?' But what did our delegates, speakers, and panelists suggest we focus on after the huge disruption of the pandemic? Thank you so much to all of our participants.

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Spaces, places and outcomes – AUDE launches update report

AUDE and HEDQF launch update report on its ongoing research into the impact of the built environment on student outcomes

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AUDE Sodexo Social and Informal Learning Spaces Report

AUDE set the brief on managing social and informal learning spaces (S&ILS)
in the context of what AUDE’s members need to consider.

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Post Graduate Researcher spatial experience

The AUDE Space Management Group publishes this discussion 

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Decarbonising Heat Networks in University Estates, 2021

This report presents the results of a survey of University estates staff, carried out by the Association for Decentralised Energy, in co-operation with AUDE and the Scottish Association of University Directors of Estates (SAUDE), and a workshop to further explore and validate the 

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Blended Working in the Higher Education Sector: A review of the post-pandemic university workplace

This report looks at the way the collective experience of working off-campus during the Covid-19 pandemic has changed attitudes, perceptions and habits in higher education across the world.

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Capital Cost Annual Report 2021

In the newly published AUDE Annual Capital Cost Database Report AUDE and partners AECOM have taken a look at the progress of the database during its first year in action.

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Covid and ventilation AUDE Briefing Note September 2021

This AUDE Briefing Note does not attempt to act as “advice” on technical issues the detail of which is beyond our remit. But we are aiming to help AUDE directors of estates/members to think through the issues raised.

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Higher Education Estates Management Report 2020

Our annual estates management report (EMR) work underpins the strategic decisions made in estates teams in universities across the country. It represents the hard facts and accurate data for big choices in estates management and future investment.

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Higher Education Estates Management Executive Summary 2020

Our annual estates management report (EMR) work underpins the strategic decisions made in estates teams in universities across the country. It represents the hard facts and accurate data for big choices in estates management and future investment.

Download the 2020 executive summary (public)


AUDE Annual Report 2023/24

Take a look at AUDE's highlights and achievements from the last 12 months.

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Covid Report 2020

Nobody knows as much as everybody. COVID-19 and the future of the university estate - a report.

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Sustainability Leadership Scorecard Annual Report 2020

The sector has a transformational ‘All in One’ tool, which captures data and performance from many sources and builds one definitive picture of an institution’s performance.

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Big Conversation Report 2020

In this report we will consider both our morning and afternoon plenaries, and the lessons we can take home from them. I am very grateful indeed to all who joined us on 7 February in Hull - our speakers and guests, our sponsors ENGIE and exhibitors.

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Data, data, everywhere

We're moving at different speeds in our understanding of where digital technologies are taking us - as individuals, as estates teams, as universities. Fears, concerns and misunderstandings are inevitable, but delegates at the event will be sure that the opportunities are huge too.

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AUDE: The First 25 Years book

A unique publication celebrating 25 years of AUDE which features contributions from 100 UK higher education institutions, ten guest essays from senior estates professionals and a foreword from the association's founding chairs.

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The Future of The University Campus

Analysing data from across the sector, AUDE has produced a report looking at how universities need to develop to meet the needs of Generation Z.

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Estates management segmentation analysis

Whilst the AUDE annual report looks at universities as a whole, there has been a view within the sector that individual institutions need to compare themselves against a more appropriate set of institutions which share a number of key characteristics.

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