AU DE Newsletter

No. 42, Winter 2013

In this issue:
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AUDE to publish Estate Management Statistics report Update on the Efficiency Exchange project by Ian Powling, Universities UK £89m Technology and Innovation Centre under construction at Strathclyde 1960’s building at Brighton to undergo fundamental refurbishment £1 billion University development in Cambridge Restoration of listed Riddel Hall at Queen’s University Belfast Atrium transformation at Hertfordshire creates informal learning and social space Palatine Centre at Durham enhances the student experience UCL unveils transformed galleries Government funding to support new Imperial West Technology Campus In Brief - short news items Web Watch, Events! Events! Goodbye, hello and on the move

AUDE to publish Estate Management Statistics Report
The report looks at the main estates trends and challenges in an on-going approach to property performance measurement and continues the commentary on sector trends from previous EMS annual reports. Trends are reported under the broad headings of efficiency, effectiveness and environment. Some of the key findings of the report are summarized below. Efficiency Occupancy costs are rising faster than inflation. Both residential and non-residential occupancy costs have risen much faster than comparable rates of inflation between 2005/06 and 2009/10. As a proportion of income, non-residential total occupancy costs rose from 8.9% to 9.4% of income between 2008/09 and 2009/10. This may relate to increases in usage. Size of the estate. Against many key metrics there is a significant variance between the performance of larger and smaller institutions. Appropriate peer group analysis will help HEIs to avoid misleading comparisons.

For the first time AUDE has undertaken the publication of the Estate Management Statistics (EMS) report, formerly produced by the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE). The report, which covers the 2009-10 financial year, incorporates data collated during 2010-11. Statistics from 161 higher education institutions (HEIs) in the UK have been collected to produce the publication, which continues to deliver a consistent and robust set of estates data for the vast majority of UK HEIs.

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For many institutions space efficiency remains the best opportunity to achieve savings. There remains high variability amongst institutions in terms of the amount of space that they provide and office space is still out of kilter with other sectors.

Effectiveness investment The student perception of the HE estate matters more than ever. It is essential that the quality of estate continues to improve and the estate is appropriately sized against turnover. Capital investment is paying dividends. The quality of the UK higher education estate, as measured by its condition and functional suitability, is higher now than it has ever been since the inception of EMS. In 2009/10, the proportion of non-residential space in good condition stood at 75.2% (weighted mean) and the proportion in functional suitability categories I & II stood at 81.3%. This is excellent news and is largely the result of a continued commitment on the part of the sector to invest in its estate.

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Environment Energy consumption. Although energy consumption per student and staff FTE fell by around 7.8% between 2005/06 and 2009/10, energy consumption per m² remained largely static over the same period. There are likely to be a number of issues which are increasing this figure, with improved space use and increases in research being two of the key drivers. The sector is committed to reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020.

The EMS report concludes that it is clear the sector is undergoing a period of rapid change due to a combination of external and internal pressures. In particular, significant alterations in how institutions are funded, along with changes in teaching and learning styles are likely to impact heavily on university estates through the evolving requirements of stakeholders, particularly students. Institutions will need to plan and respond to these changes as a result. The Estate Management Statistics report will be published in February, distributed to all AUDE member institutions and uploaded to the AUDE web site.

Update on the Efficiency Exchange project
By Ian Powling, Project Manager, Universities UK The Efficiency Exchange project, to be delivered by Universities UK and JISC, supported by HEFCE and the Leadership Foundation, will help higher education professionals discover and share innovative ways to deliver greater efficiency and transformation within their institutions. Universities UK (UUK) and JISC will be making the Efficiency Exchange beta blog site available in February. Its initial purpose will be to facilitate the ‘sector-led’ conversation that will be a vital part of ensuring that the service evolves in response to the needs of higher education professionals, as well as providing a channel for expert opinion and knowledge to be shared via guest blogs and partner content. An online survey will also be launched in February to gather your views on the opportunities, challenges and themes within the efficiency agenda that are most important to you. The findings from the survey will form the basis of a programme of engagement which will include workshops with practitioners and an inter-professional feedback session with key professional groups. This will give rise to action plans for mapping resources, mobilising inter-professional communities of practice and commissioning new content. Other efficiency news: Universities UK host the Efficiency in Higher Education: second annual conference on 26 February, with keynote speakers including Professor Ian Diamond, Sarah Gillinson of the Innovation Unit and Professor Martyn Harrow of JISC. A joint UUK/Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) workshop on efficiency in higher education on 23 November 2012 was standing room only and provided a 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 key message was the importance of robust evidence-based communication about progress to officials in BIS and HM Treasury. Ministers Vince Cable and David Willetts confirmed their approval of the progress being made in a follow-up meeting with Professor Ian Diamond.

The Efficiency Exchange project team looks forward to engaging widely to ensure that the service meets your needs. To learn more or contribute your ideas, please contact: Ian Powling, Project Manager, E. Ian.Powling@UniversitiesUK.ac.uk and follow us on Twitter #EfficiencyExchange.

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£89m Technology and Innovation Centre under construction at Strathclyde
The state-of-the-art £89 million Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) at the University of Strathclyde, currently under construction, represents the single biggest investment in research capacity in the history of the University. Developed with industry, for industry, the Technology and Innovation Centre has already attracted major partners including Scottish and Southern Energy, the Weir Group, ScottishPower and other cross-sectoral companies, with financial backing from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council.

Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde

The Technology and Innovation Centre’s 25,000 metre square landmark building will house specialist shared and flexible laboratory facilities, enabling up to 1,200 researchers, engineers and project managers from academia and industry to work side-by-side in the heart of Glasgow. Planned research areas include: power and energy; renewable technologies; photonics and sensors; advanced engineering; pharmaceutical manufacturing and bio-nano systems. The building has been designed to facilitate a step-change in engagement between university researchers and industry. This new way of thinking is already informing the development of research and education across the University, where multidisciplinary teams are being brought together to combine strengths in engineering, science, business, humanities and the social sciences. The TIC building will include a welcoming and highly transparent base forming a ‘shop window’ for the work taking place, combined with cutting-edge research space, a top-class conferencing and event facility, cafe and exhibition areas. A central atrium will allow natural light to flood every level of the building. The TIC has been designed with low carbon principles to the fore and project targets include a BREEAM rating of Excellent; class leading building fabric performance; class leading air leakage rates; high thermal mass; mixed mode passive displacement ventilation systems; water recycling to provide adiabatic cooling; potential for culvert ventilation (under investigation); low and zero carbon energy supplies. Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at Strathclyde said: “Strathclyde's Technology and Innovation Centre will help transform Glasgow and Scotlands' research and industrial innovation landscape. Based on our reputation for high quality research with industrial impact and relevance, it will attract multi-millions of pounds of inward investment to the city, drive global business, growth and create jobs.” The Technology and Innovation Centre will officially open in 2014.

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1960’s building at Brighton to undergo fundamental refurbishment
A £26m refurbishment project will create state-of-the-art facilities for staff and students at the University of Brighton by 2015. Work is taking place to redesign and improve facilities within the 1960s Cockcroft tower block on the university’s Moulsecoomb campus in Brighton & Hove. The ten storey building is one of the university’s largest providing: teaching rooms, laboratories, workshops, offices, the Students’ Union and restaurant facilities. The project will start in late spring 2013 and be completed over three phases with the final phase ending in summer 2015. The refurbishment will provide high quality, flexible spaces to support student learning and research. This will include a suite of ‘learning labs’, designed to utilise a wide range of learning technologies, including the use of tablet devices, supplemented by project-on and write-on wall technology. Better ventilation, more natural light and open spaces will be provided throughout the building’s interior. Improved use of office space is also part of the design principles of the building, with areas for people to meet and social learning spaces where individuals and groups can study and collaborate in an informal way. Reducing carbon emissions and energy costs has been a key priority for the design team, as part of the university’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 50% by 2016. The redesign of the building is projected to reduce energy costs by £47,000 per year. The roof was reinsulated and 132 solar panels were installed in 2012. New low carbon features in the building will include: Improved insulation including double glazed windows throughout the building A ‘solar corridor’ that acts as a thermal buffer to reduce heat in summer and prevent heat loss in winter Installation of an aquifer thermal energy storage system which uses water stored underground to heat and cool the building.

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Professor Andrew Lloyd, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “We are investing in Cockcroft to create the best possible learning experience for students and a better working environment for staff, while supporting Brighton’s commitment to be among the UK’s greenest universities.” The project is led by Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects, working with a multidisciplinary design team involving Willmott Dixon Interiors, Curtins Consulting, Burnley Wilson Fish and Mott Macdonald Fulcrum.

Artist’s impression of the Cockcroft building, image courtesy of Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects

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£1 billion University development in Cambridge

University of Cambridge North West development, 150 hectare site, M11 to the left of the picture

The University of Cambridge has been granted planning permission for a £1 billion development in the North West of the city. Local planning authorities have approved outline planning permission for the 150 hectare site which will include 100,000 square metres of research facilities (with up to 40,000 square metres for research institutes and private research facilities); 1,500 homes for key University and College employees; 1,500 homes for sale; accommodation for 2,000 students and a wide range of community facilities. Around one third of the site will be used as public open space for sports, informal recreation and ecological use. “This development is a major part of the University’s long term future” said Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz. “It will provide much of the residential and research accommodation that the University needs as it grows over the next 20 years.” “Attracting world class academics, researchers and research partners is vital for the University to retain its world class position amid growing global competition” he said. “Being able to provide high quality, affordable housing in a thriving community will be an important element of our offer to them.”

Research and community facilities on the site will be built to BREEAM Outstanding - the highest level for non–residential buildings - or BREEAM Excellent. Houses and flats will be built to Sustainable Homes Level 5, equivalent to zero carbon. This will therefore be one of the most sustainable developments of this scale in the UK. An energy centre will provide heating for all residential units on the site and buildings will be fitted with solar panels. Rainwater harvesting is expected to cut the consumption of treated water by up to 50 per cent. Central to the University’s proposal is its Transport Plan which will minimise car use. Facilities will include dedicated cycle routes, priority for cyclists and pedestrians, support for public transport services and proximity for residents to their place of work. The University recently announced the results of an architectural competition to select practices for the design of the eight lots that make up much of phase one. The competition attracted entries from 158 national and international practices. It is hoped that phase one will start in early 2013 and be completed by mid-2015.

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Restoration of listed Riddel Hall at Queen’s University Belfast
Queen’s University Belfast recently completed a £14m restoration of the Grade B listed Riddel Hall, plus the construction of two adjoining buildings, to create a state-of-the-art Executive Education Centre. The building now houses the Queen’s Management School, a Graduate Centre and a Leadership Institute, delivering professional development programmes, not just to Queen’s students, but also to executives and organisations from all sectors throughout the Province. The brief for Riddel Hall was to conserve its significant architectural and historical value by keeping intervention to a minimum, whilst creating an environmentally sustainable building to meet operational need. The dank, inner courtyard, at the heart of the building has been transformed into a multi-purpose dining and conference space and allows sight of the original Victorian construction; this space can be hired by the public and is proving very successful with the local business community. Seminar and syndicate rooms are provided on the ground floor, with academic and postgraduate offices on the upper floors. The new buildings are contextually appropriate and suitably subservient to the restored Riddel Hall, providing a harmonious juxtaposition of old and new. Conservation was key to the restoration. Detailed condition surveys of the external fabric - including roofs, chimneys, rainwater goods, walls, brickwork and stonework - were undertaken, to establish the nature and extent of the conservation works that would be needed. This resulted in the majority of the original building fabric and materials being successfully retained, with original architectural drawings and photographs used to ensure the authentic re-instatement of interior features. The integration and concealment of extensive modern services was resolved through the use of under floor zones and careful routing above ceiling bulkheads in non-public spaces. Environmental, social and economic sustainability issues were embraced to achieve a ‘Very good’ BREEAM rating for the project. As well as retaining the original building fabric of Riddel Hall, the new materials used were selected for their long term sustainability. Northern Ireland’s ‘Programme for Government’ identifies the University as the ‘powerhouse’ for economic growth and the restored Riddel Hall provides a focal point for students, leaders, business, and society underpinned by world-class research, facilities and collaboration. The Riddel Hall project was highly commended in the RICS Northern Ireland 2012 Building Conservation Award category.

Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast

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Atrium transformation at Hertfordshire creates informal learning and social space
creating a shop front for their services. The space is supported by vending facilities, coffee kiosk, wireless connectivity, power supply and low energy lighting systems and its thermal fabric has been substantially improved to provide a comfortable environment in which to relax. As the remodelled atrium was at the centre of the campus, the build period was severely restricted to a maximum 15 weeks over summer, after the completion of examinations and before students returned mid-September. It was a logistically difficult project as access and safe egress from surrounding buildings had to be maintained through the works, whilst facilitating deliveries and the construction process. In addition, far from being a ‘quiet campus’ the University hosted summer conferences, the Olympic Flame and a large scale ‘Olympic’ booking. Pexhurst, the appointed contractor, successfully managed all these logistic aspects and delivered the project on time and to budget. The project opened to much acclaim and positive feedback from students, staff and visitors alike. The remodelling of the Weston Atrium at de Havilland Campus is the first project of the University of Hertfordshire’s 2020 Estates Vision. TEAM Architect PM CM Structural Engineer Services Engineer Fire Acoustics Loose Furniture Contractor

The Weston Atrium on Hertfordshire’s de Havilland Campus has been transformed into a rich, comfortable informal learning, meeting and socialising environment with remodelling completed in September 2012. The Atrium was a large enclosed space at the heart of the campus linking the Academic Buildings, Learning Resources Centre and Weston Atrium. Whilst a focus for substantial pedestrian traffic and University events, its nature as an unheated space did little to encourage informal congregation and provide opportunities to meet, learn, relax or socialise. Originally designed as an outdoor space, it lacked clear ownership and was not welcoming or well utilised. It was recognised that the existing space had great potential and following an intensive consultation process with internal stakeholders, the Weston Atrium has been transformed into a rich, comfortable informal learning, meeting and socialising environment – a place that encourages people to linger and congregate; to learn, socialise, and relax both during the day and into the evening; a place to sit without pressure ‘to buy’. mosescameronwillams architect’s conceptual design proposed the insertion of a mezzanine at the first floor that provides 24/7 space for students to study while retaining flexibility on the ground floor to host large scale events and exhibitions, at the same time resolving the potential conflicts that could have arisen. The project also provides a dedicated space for the Students’ Union and a new Box Office,

mosescameronwilliams architects Turner Townsend Turner Townsend AECOM CPW Independent Fire Engineering Services Ramboll JamTree Pexhurst

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Palatine Centre at Durham enhances the student experience
were previously spread around the City. In addition the University’s professional support departments have relocated to the Palatine Centre and to modern, open-plan offices at nearby Mountjoy. The Palatine Centre blazes a trail on the environmental front, with green technologies and eco-friendly materials at its heart. The building incorporates solar thermal collectors, photovoltaic panels, air source heat pumps, solar shading, rainwater harvesting and sedum roofing. The integration of these elements has been recognised with an ‘excellent’ rating on the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). Designed by _space and PH Partnership, with Laing O’Rourke as the main contractor, engineering by Cundall and Turner & Townsend as cost consultant, the development sustained 200 construction jobs at the peak of building works and over 130 subcontractor companies worked on the project. The Palatine Centre officially opened in the autumn and is part of an on-going £100m facilities investment programme by the university. The investment includes £12m for sports facilities at Queen’s Campus in Stockton and the Graham Sports Centre in Durham, with a further £10m (including generous funding from alumni and charitable foundations) for redeveloping facilities on Durham’s World Heritage Site. A £16.6million rebuilding and major extension of Durham Business School’s current Mill Hill Lane home in Durham, is also underway.
The Palatine Centre, Durham University

The Palatine Centre at Durham is the culmination of a fouryear, £50 million development programme to create a hub at the heart of the university in Durham City to enhance the student experience. For the first time it brings together all student-facing services, alongside the extended Bill Bryson Library and the new Durham Law School. The Centre, on Durham’s Stockton Road, houses the University’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre; Academic and International Offices; Counselling and Disabilities Services; the Student Immigration and Financial Support Office and the IT and Finance help desks, which

Professor Chris Higgins, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, said the Palatine Centre was a “wonderful building” which he hoped would add to the architectural heritage of Durham City. Professor Higgins added: “Our investment in the Palatine Centre, Bill Bryson Library, Durham Law School and the wider University estate underlines the commitment we have to providing students, staff and visitors with the very best facilities in what is a rapidly changing and highly competitive environment. Durham is a global university, attracting students from more than 140 countries, and the on-going development and enhancement of our facilities reflects our position as a world-leading institution.”

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UCL unveils transformed galleries
A transformation of the historic Octagon and Flaxman galleries at University College London (UCL) has revitalised the spaces and will allow the University to showcase objects from its collections which have never been displayed before. The challenging alterations required an important sculptural work in the Oculus area of the Flaxman Gallery to be retained, whilst opening up a light well to the floor below. Burwell Deakins Architects addressed the challenge with a dramatic transparent structural glass plinth to support the statue. The bold positioning of John Flaxman’s sculpture, St Michael Overcoming Satan (1818-1824) has created dramatic views between the galleries and retained the position of the artwork within its circular space. The Octagon below is now a new gallery incorporating audio visual and touchscreen technology. William Deakins, Director at Burwell Deakins Architects, said: “It’s extremely satisfying to see such prominent areas of the university being brought back to life, reaffirming the galleries as the cultural heart of the university. By visually linking the two galleries, it has animated both spaces whilst also helping visitors orientate themselves in the building.” “Having worked on several projects throughout the campus, it’s remarkable to see the accumulative effect of the changes that have been made and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the relationship between the two galleries evolve over time.” Sally MacDonald, Director, Museums and Public Engagement at UCL said: “The Octagon Gallery will showcase collections that many students probably wouldn’t be aware of otherwise. We hope that this bright and surprising space, which thousands of students will pass through every day on their way into the main library, will help spark new ideas about cross disciplinary working”. The funding of the gallery, which will be used for changing exhibitions featuring UCL’s museum collections and illustrating current UCL research, has been supported through HEFCE’s Strategic Development Fund. The enhancement of the space is one of the first University College London (UCL) Masterplan projects
St Michael Overcoming Satan, UCL Flaxman Gallery, Burwell Deakins Architects

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Government funding to support new Imperial West Technology Campus
Imperial College London has been awarded £35 million to support the development of its new Imperial West Technology Campus in west London. The investment by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) through the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UK RPIF) will contribute to the development of the campus’s £150 million Research and Translation Hub. The 42,000 square metre Hub will be the focus of the seven acre technology campus on the BBC’s former Woodlands site. It will deliver world-class education, research and translation activities, and foster partnerships with global stakeholders from business, industry, higher education and the NHS. Incorporating 50 new units for spinout companies, the Hub will serve the needs of London’s enterprise community. The Hub will also provide high specification, multidisciplinary research space for 1,000 scientists and engineers investigating next generation materials. Alongside the award from HEFCE, one of the largest awarded from the UK RPIF, the new £150 million Research and Translation Hub will be funded by a £90 million contribution from investor Voreda Capital, with the remainder funded by the College. Plans to develop the Research and Translation Hub will begin in 2013. The site will eventually include leisure and retail facilities, a conference centre, homes for College and NHS Trust key workers, homes for private sale and a publicly accessible square. The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UK RPIF) is designed to support investment in higher education research facilities. The fund was set up in 2012 and will run for three years until 2015. Funding of £220 million for 14 projects was announced in the first RPIF round. Proposals to the second round of UK RPIF should be submitted to the HEFCE by 11 February 2013. More details at: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/rsrch/howfundr/ukresear chpartnershipinvestmentfund20122015/

In Brief - short news items
BREEAM Non-Domestic Refurbishment BRE Global is developing a new scheme for assessment of non-domestic building refurbishment. This new scheme will be a standalone version of BREEAM for non-domestic refurbishment, running alongside BREEAM New Construction and BREEAM In-Use. http://www.breeam.org/page.jsp?id=381 Building Reference Sheets The Higher Education Design Quality Forum is pleased to announce that Building Reference Sheets are available for all eight of the buildings it visited during 2012. These can be accessed either via the AUDE website: http://www.aude.ac.uk/info-centre/project-database or the HEDQF website www.architecture.com/hedqf Julian Robinson, Director of Estates at LSE and Deputy Chair of HEDQF commented: “One of the strongest aspects of AUDE is the sharing of knowledge and data between members - the re-invigoration of the Building Reference Sheets will create a meaningful database of key information that can be referenced prior to embarking on a new building project.” Last year HEDQF visited buildings at the Universities of Lancaster, Newport, Aberdeen and University of the Arts London and is grateful to the host institutions for taking the trouble to complete the Building Reference Sheets.

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Green Gown Award Winners AUDE would like to congratulate all of the winners and highly commended entries of the 2012 Green Gown Awards announced in November. AUDE sponsored a brand new Award category in 2012. The Modernisation – Effectiveness and Efficiency category celebrates the achievements of institutions proactively managing costs and demonstrating value for money whilst also enhancing sustainability. The University of the West of Scotland won the new Award with the University of Worcester as Highly Commended. Loughborough University low carbon success Loughborough University and combined heat and power (CHP) specialist ENER-G won an award for excellence in low carbon energy generation at the Combined Heat and Power Association’s annual ceremony in November, taking the Campus, Community and Residential award. Now in its fifth year, the CHPA Awards showcase achievement, Pictured (L to R) David Sigsworth, Vice President of the CHPA; Derek Duffill, ENER-G Group; Nick innovation and best practice Gosling, Vital Energi; Matt Chassagne, ENER-G Combined Power Ltd; Matthew Clarke, from across the sector.
Loughborough University and Peter Concannon, AECOM]

Olympic expertise to be made available Following the successful involvement of UK universities and colleges in the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, HEFCE has commissioned Podium, the Further and Higher Education Unit for the Olympic Games to help universities and colleges build on their 2012 experience by making their expertise available to other major events. Podium will use HEFCE’s funding to capture the expertise developed by HEIs through their engagement with London 2012 in a comprehensive record and help maximise the opportunities available to HEIs to engage with organisers of forthcoming sporting and cultural mega-events. Smaller institutions to become universities Universities and Science Minister David Willetts has recommended to the Privy Council that 10 higher education institutions be awarded the title of university. It follows the Government’s announcement in June that red tape barring some smaller institutions from being awarded the title of ‘university’ would be removed. Previously, institutions needed a minimum of 4,000 students to become a university. This has now been reduced to 1,000. The new universities are: Arts University Bournemouth; Bishop Grosseteste University; Harper Adams University; Leeds Trinity University; Newman University; Norwich University of the Arts; Royal Agricultural College (awaiting Privy Council approval to become the Royal Agricultural University); University College Birmingham; Falmouth University and the University of St. Mark & St. John.

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Events! Events!
AUDE Sustainability Group meeting, 6 February 2013, for members of the AUDE Sustainability group. Government Property 2013: Aligning National Strategies, 7 February 2013. Event being run and organised by Public Sector Connect. AUDE East Midlands regional meeting , 20 February 2013. SAUDE Conference, 22 February 2013, for members of the AUDE Scottish region. Efficiency in higher education: second annual conference, 26 February 2013 This conference is being organised by Universities UK. The Future of Higher Education – Guardian Summit 2013, 27 February 2013. AUDE Executive committee meeting, 7 March 2013. Contact: executiveofficer@aude.ac.uk UCISA Conference 2013, 13 March 2013. This Conference is being run by the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association. Student Housing Conference, 21 March 2013. A Neil Stewart Associates event. AUDE Conference 2013, Annual conference of the Association, Monday 25 March 2013 to Wednesday 27 March 2013 with a pre-conference social on Sunday 24 March. This by invitation only event is for AUDE members.

All the events listed above are displayed on the AUDE web site with hyperlinks to more information/ booking. see: www.aude.ac.uk/events

Web Watch!
Explore IT toolkit - new version now available The Explore It toolkit was developed with financial support from AUDE and the Scottish Funding Council to aid estates personnel, academics and administrators in higher and further education with the briefing process for academic workspace. Improvements to the toolkit have now been completed and the upgraded version released. The re-vamped tools are designed to assist users to clarify their needs and aspirations for workspace, capture their vision and clarify objectives and constraints. The tookit can open up discussion about the workspace in a meaningful way and enhance the decision making process. The tools allow options and possible solutions to be tested and parameters for the workspace brief to be derived so that the working environment can be planned to meet evolving needs. Explore IT is available via the Scottish Funding Council website at: http://exploreit.sfc.ac.uk/

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Goodbye, hello and on the move
The Barbican Centre and Guildhall School of Music and Drama has joined AUDE. Michael Dick is the AUDE representative. As of 3rd December, Stuart Laird has been appointed to the substantive role of Director of Estates for Bournemouth University. Clive Martin retired from the University of Buckingham in the autumn. His replacement is Jim Brown. Diana Hampson will be stepping down from the role of North West AUDE Representative at the end of March 2013 after serving over ten years on the AUDE Executive. Colin Davis from Liverpool John Moore University will take over as NW AUDE Representative from 1st April 2013. Gill Winder has left the University of Northampton. The current interim AUDE representative is Terry Cox, Head of Infrastructure Development. Trevor Thurlow took early retirement from Northumbria University at the end of December. Damon Kent has taken over as Director of Campus Services. Stephen Wells became Director of Estates and Facilities at Queen Mary, University of London at the beginning of January; he was formerly Director of Estates and Facilities at London South Bank University. Ian Mehrtens is interim Director at London South Bank. Paul Taylor Director of Estates at Staffordshire University is to retire by 31 March 2013. Denis Minchell stepped down as Head of Estates at Teeside University in the autumn. Darren Vipond is Acting Head of Estates and the current AUDE representative. Graham Simner has left the University of the Arts London. His interim replacement is Derek Paxman. We would like to welcome newcomers, congratulate those in new posts, offer our good wishes to people who are leaving and thank everyone who has generously given their time to the affairs of the Association for the benefit of all of members of AUDE.

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And finally
Feedback and contributions to the newsletter are always welcome.

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Can you update us on staff changes? Would you be willing to write an article? Have you information to share with other AUDE members?

The next newsletter will be produced at the end of April 2013. The deadline for contributions is 18 April 2013.

Please send to: Suzanne Irwin, Executive Officer, AUDE sirwin@essex.ac.uk

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