Annual Report 22-23
Thank you for submitting your feedback
This association gets busier and busier. As AUDE Chair of course I’m going to say that this isn’t an accident. It’s a result of choices made over a number of years. We’ve made a conscious decision to support the development of a widening circle of special interest groups working under the AUDE umbrella, and for these to be strategic in nature, so we can develop the high level thinking in these specialist areas that is needed. Our recently formed group for risk and assurance is an example and I look forward to more special interest groups potentially coming on stream in the second half of my tenure as Chair. We’ve also made a conscious decision in recent years to broaden the focus of the association, so that despite our name, we support colleagues at other levels of seniority than simply the director role.
It means we get a broader range of inputs, and get to hear from specialists including this year from energy managers – and there have been few more critical roles than that in 2022-23. We’re actively supporting colleagues up the career ladder, most obviously through our Summer School residential programme, now in its fifth year; but also through the year-round programme of digital learning events that cover every aspect of our roles. One highlight of that programme for me has been the EDI XII series of webinars on equality, diversity and inclusion issues. A new group dedicated to lead AUDE’s thinking on EDI has also been formed and we’ll be sharing more of our thinking soon.
To summarise, this year there is far too much to cram into a single nutshell when thinking about AUDE highlights. The Estates Management Report remains our key publication, and this year we have a digital version for the first time – I encourage you to use that. We’ve reworked the Sustainability Leadership Scorecard, which remains the best tool of its kind that we have in HE to support us on our net zero journeys. We look at net zero as a whole AUDE team, and with the help of our Sustainability Advisory Group we support colleagues on their net zero journeys. This year we have also been looking at the challenges of recruitment and retention with colleagues from Universities HR to guide our thinking. In other words wherever we viably can do given the small size of our salaried team and the willingness of member volunteers to undertake these projects, we intervene to the benefit of the membership.
As always, the more you put into your professional association the more you’ll get out. Every new initiative takes some of those volunteer hours to help it get off the ground, so do consider how you can get involved to the betterment of estates and facilities management in Higher Education. I hope you find this year’s Annual Report a convincing summary of the right direction of travel for the association.
With best wishes
We offer membership to organisations in the education and private sectors within the UK and overseas. It will provide your organisation with access to over 3,500 influential estates and facilities professionals from 185 UK institutions, estate management reports, tools, resources, networking and conversation.Find out more
Business partner benefits
Access a targeted audience with buying power AUDE members are leaders and decision makers within their institutions with budget authority for campus planning, capital projects, construction/refurbishment, energy and utilities management, accommodation, commercial enterprise, maintenance, security and much more.Find out more
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 184 institutions in the UK, ten oversees institutions and alternative providers and seven carefully selected business partners. In total, we have over 2,726 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.View organisational structure
Watch this short introductory video about AUDE.
Driving our sustainability objectives, this well connected group is driving the net zero agenda and addressing some of the biggest challenges the sector faces.
This group has launched a capital cost database and corresponding annual report, both freely available to members.
Raising the profile of this key profession, the group will focus on the use of technology within FM.
AUDE are delivering across 12 strategic themes in space management, utilisation, data and strategy with partners and providers to the sector.
From land, leases, property and accommodation this is the go to group for all things estate management.
Our latest special interest group chaired by Stephen Wells, Director of Estates University of East Anglia and Immediate Past Chair.
This body tackles the unique challenges faced by small teaching and research institutions.
AUDE have awarded 11,120 hours of CPD to members and welcomed 837 delegates at their annual conference programme plus 37 members attended their flagship Summer School residential for aspiring directors.
A new group formed to collectively highlight and explore sector risk and compliance.
AUDE's statement of accounts for the year ending 31 July 2022.View full set of accounts
AUDE would like to acknowledge and thank all those who have given their time and expertise to participate in and support the activities of the association. Special thanks goes to the chair, Umesh Desai and members of the executive committee for their hard work and dedication in bringing the AUDE aims and activities to life. We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to our business partners, event sponsors and exhibitors for supporting our work.
Mott MacDonald’s purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, relentlessly focusing on excellence and digital innovation, transforming our clients’ businesses, our communities and employee opportunities.
EQUANS improves lives through better living and working environments. We help to balance performance with responsibility, enabling progress in a harmonious way.
A family-owned building and civil engineering company operating across the UK.
We provide catering, facilities management, employee benefits and personal home services to 100 million consumers daily in 56 countries.
SSE Energy Solutions is a division of SSE that delivers ‘Business Energy’ electricity & gas supply as well as ‘Distributed Energy’ infrastructure solutions to public and private businesses across the UK and Ireland.
Founded in 1852, Willmott Dixon is one of the UK’s largest privately-owned construction companies.
When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalised web experience.
Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Look at the cookies we use below to help you make an informed decision. However, blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer.
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information
Microsoft - ASP.NET_SessionId – keeps you logged in for a set period of time, so that you don’t have to keep logging in
These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance
Please Wait. Loading...