For many institutions space efficiency remains thebest opportunity to achieve savings.
There remains highvariability amongst institutions in terms of the amount ofspace that they provide and office space is still out of kilterwith other sectors.
The student perception of the HE estate mattersmore than ever
. It is essential that the quality of estatecontinues to improve and the estate is appropriately sizedagainst turnover.
Capital investment is paying dividends.
The quality ofthe UK higher education estate, as measured by itscondition and functional suitability, is higher now than ithas ever been since the inception of EMS. In 2009/10,the proportion of non-residential space in good conditionstood at 75.2% (weighted mean) and the proportion infunctional suitability categories I & II stood at 81.3%.This is excellent news and is largely the result of acontinued commitment on the part of the sector to investin its estate.
Although energy consumption perstudent and staff FTE fell by around 7.8% between2005/06 and 2009/10, energy consumption per m²remained largely static over the same period. There arelikely to be a number of issues which are increasing thisfigure, with improved space use and increases in researchbeing two of the key drivers. The sector is committed toreducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020.The EMS report concludes that it is clear the sector isundergoing a period of rapid change due to a combination ofexternal and internal pressures. In particular, significantalterations in how institutions are funded, along with changesin teaching and learning styles are likely to impact heavily onuniversity estates through the evolving requirements ofstakeholders, particularly students. Institutions will need toplan and respond to these changes as a result.The Estate Management Statistics report will be published inFebruary, distributed to all AUDE member institutions anduploaded to the AUDE web site.
By Ian Powling, Project Manager, Universities UK
The Efficiency Exchange project, to be delivered byUniversities UK and JISC, supported by HEFCE and theLeadership Foundation, will help higher educationprofessionals discover and share innovative ways to delivergreater efficiency and transformation within their institutions.Universities UK (UUK) and JISC will be making the EfficiencyExchange
blog site available in February. Its initialpurpose will be to facilitate the ‘sector-led’ conversation thatwill be a vital part of ensuring that the service evolves inresponse to the needs of higher education professionals, aswell as providing a channel for expert opinion and knowledgeto be shared via guest blogs and partner content.An online survey will also be launched in February to gatheryour views on the opportunities, challenges and themeswithin the efficiency agenda that are most important to you.The findings from the survey will form the basis of aprogramme of engagement which will include workshops withpractitioners and an inter-professional feedback session withkey professional groups. This will give rise to action plans formapping resources, mobilising inter-professional communitiesof practice and commissioning new content.Other efficiency news:
Universities UK host the Efficiency in Higher Education:second annual conference on 26 February, with keynotespeakers including Professor Ian Diamond, SarahGillinson of the Innovation Unit and Professor MartynHarrow of JISC.
A joint UUK/Department for Business, Innovation andSkills (BIS) workshop on efficiency in higher education on23 November 2012 was standing room only and provideda rich exchange of views with senior officials within BIS,including Dr Graeme Reid, Head of Research Funding.BIS has requested a follow-up event in 2013. The keymessage was the importance of robust evidence-basedcommunication about progress to officials in BIS and HMTreasury. Ministers Vince Cable and David Willettsconfirmed their approval of the progress being made in afollow-up meeting with Professor Ian Diamond.The Efficiency Exchange project team looks forward toengaging widely to ensure that the service meets your needs.To learn more or contribute your ideas, please contact: IanPowling, Project Manager, E.Ian.Powling@UniversitiesUK.ac.ukand follow us onTwitter #EfficiencyExchange.
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