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AUDE's Higher Education Estates Management Report 2020 is now available. 

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. By bench marking institutions against others, of similar size, or similar teaching/research bias, the report makes it clear that the performance of the overall university estate is as strong as it has ever been, and we should recognise and acknowledge the immense efforts of AUDE member teams across the country in delivering that.  

Inevitably the Covid-19 public health emergency provides a challenging and unexpected context for this year’s report. The data used in this year’s analysis will be more useful than ever in benchmarking, as it marks the line between a pre-Covid and a post-Covid estates world; and more so perhaps because of the speed we’ve all been working at, the crisis accelerating change in an extraordinary way. The report clearly acknowledges the immense efforts of estates and facilities teams throughout the pandemic. Many universities are justly proud that they didn’t in fact close down during the height of the lockdown, but switched focus instead, to their roles within civic communities as active participants in finding local solutions, in supporting the NHS, and of course in many cases to the huge research task too. At a time when flexibility is demanded of us all, the value of a national dataset setting in stone the annual position for us to use in developing our own institutional estates strategies, is emphasised yet again. 


Download the full 2020 report  (members only)                         Download the 2020 executive summary (public)           

AUDE EMR 2020        AUDE EMR executive summary 2020

AUDE creates an environment for its members in which estates professionals can ponder complexity and develop the right solutions and work such as our annual Estates Management Report is part of that professional service. It is an essential tool within the full range of support that AUDE offers to its members. The AUDE Annual Conference and Big Conversation events are unmissable parts of the HE estates management calendar, while AUDE’s Sustainability Leadership Scorecard helps senior leadership teams understand the multi-faceted challenge of delivering against the sustainability agenda in their university. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you relating to our shared interest in making university estates as successful as possible.

2020 key figures

Repairs  Energy

Cleaning  Security

student numbers  Home UG


Large research student numbers  Cap ex

teaching income



Estate size






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