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Higher Education Estates Statistics Report 2014

2014 Higher Education Estates Statistics Report, Foreward (extract):

"The UK has an outstanding higher education sector. Across our diverse group of institutions we provide brilliant education and pathbreaking research, both of which contribute hugely to not only our economy and society but to others across the globe.

The role that our estates and facilities management teams play across our Higher Education Institutions should never be underestimated. University Estates and Facilities are worth nearly £27bn every year and are relevant to 2.4 million members of the British population as in many areas the facilities are accessed by local communities along with  students and staff."   Sir Ian Diamond

2014 Higher Education Estates Statistics Report Executive Summary extract:

The Sector has seen unprecedented political and economic change with Universities having to deal with and
respond to changes that have not been seen on this scale for a generation. Macro changes include:

  • Tuition fees have trebled in England with expectations rising as a consequence
  • Income reducing and not increasing by inflation - in effect reducing in real terms
  • Greater competition with Universities being able to recruit students with AAB or ABB grades (English student numbers uncapped in 2015).

The way in which Universities respond to these changes are going to be key to their future success and the
contribution from Estates Directors and their teams to the corporate strategy of individual institutions is of
upmost importance.

Universities will demand reductions in revenue expenditure, improvement in facilities, growth in commercial business and all of this to be done in a sustainable way that improves the student, staff and visitor experience whilst continuing to serve the communities in which we operate.

Excellent work has been done across the sector to date and a theme of continuous improvement is apparent. This report highlights some of the key trends to date, examples of which include:

(a)  The size of the estate remaining stable with older buildings demolished and new buildings producing more
balanced space.
(b)  Investment in the academic estate, (excluding residential) of over £2 billion, a rise of £170m from 2011/12, or 9%.
(c)  Total Property Costs slightly reducing, despite significant upward pressure on the increasing cost of energy and other factors outside the control of Universities.
(d)  Improved income per m2.
(e)  A reduction in space with efficiencies being introduced and greater utilisation.
(f)  Overall carbon emissions remaining stable, showing the previous upward trend has been halted, and
reducing when calculated by FTE.
(g)  Functional suitability and condition of buildings improving and the age of the estate getting younger.
(h)  Increased residential capital expenditure.

However, much work remains and Estates and Facilities Directors should not under estimate the positive role they, and their respective teams, play in responding to this change.

The Estate Management Statistics Record (EMR)

The Estate Management Statistics Record (EMR) collection is administered via the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).  HESA is the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about higher education.

AThe HESA web site has a collection page for EMS at:

Background on the Estate Management Statistics Record (EMR). EMR was established by AUDE in 1999 to provide Higher Education sector with standardized, reliable and useful property information to help managers understand current performance, promote sharing of best practice and drive improvements. The main objective in setting up EMR was to give UK Higher Education institutions access to relevant information to enable better strategy and decision making.  EMR continues to be about improving estate management performance through facilitating access to objective information for:

  • monitoring and enhancing performance
  • demonstrating added value
  • communicating with the rest of the business and key stakeholders.


For report inquiries please contact:

Jane White, AUDE Executive Officer,, 01509 228836

For media inquiries please contact:

Clare Richardson, Kindred,, 0207 0100800

Report data written and analysed by:

George Griffith, Associate Director, CBRE Ltd,, 0117 9435760

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