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Universities increase turnover via business driven developments

The UK university sector grew by £2bn in one year, and it annual turnover now equates to £30bn overall, according to the latest figures from the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE).

AUDE’s annual report, ‘Higher Education Estates Statistics Report 2016’, which spans the academic year 2014-2015, shows that teaching income had risen by 6% per annum, while income from research increased by 12%. The two largest institutions in the UK each turnover in excess of £1bn per annum.

Estates growth

The university estate equates to 14.3m sqm, which represents an increase of 200,000 sqm on the previous year. During this time, numbers of research students increased by 10,000 and staff numbers increased by 2,000.

Capital expenditure for the year reached a record high of £2.75bn. This growth of 5.6% on the previous year was driven by investment in the estate in the knowledge that staff and students expect high quality and attractive facilities.

The AUDE report reveals university estates continue to expand. Individually, the universities of Manchester, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford and Nottingham all have academic estates (excluding residential accommodation) in excess of 500,000 sqm.

Commercial deals

Universities’ income rose to £1,477 per sqm in 2014/15. For example, the University of Hertfordshire embarked on a strategy to boost income by securing commercial deals with businesses such as Ocado and Regus for office space, as well as commercial leases with bank Santander and the NHS which runs a GP clinic on campus.

Across the sector, examples are documented by AUDE of universities exploiting their estates in order to secure alternative funding streams outside of traditional routes. The University of Sheffield built workshops, laboratories and office space in Catcliffe near the M1 in a business park. The capital expenditure in Sheffield Business Park will deliver 4,000 jobs and generate over £210m per annum to the regional economy when fully developed.

Goals for estates departments

Driving efficiency, reducing costs, improving the estate, raising service levels and increasing the commercial income from the estate remain key areas of focus for estate directors.

Ambitious infrastructure spend plans

In the face of challenging financial conditions, the HE sector wants to invest over £17.8 billion in infrastructure projects over the next four years, according to new figures from HEFCE. If achievable, this would represent an average annual investment of £4.5 billion, 51% higher than the previous four-year average.

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University capital spending set to continue rising

University capital spending set to continue rising  » 

Total construction output in the higher education sector was estimated to be worth around £3.9bn in 2017, and this is forecast to rise as competition to attract students intensifies.

Universities to open specialist maths schools  » 

Top universities in England can now apply to open specialist 16-19 maths schools to help more young people learn from the best mathematicians in the country, School Standards Minister Nick Gibb has announced.

De Montfort triumphs at AUDE Awards

De Montfort triumphs at AUDE Awards  » 

De Montfort University Estates Management Team were named Team of the Year in this year’s Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) Awards.

Students value university academic rankings more than ever  » 

New research from the Association of University Directors of Estates has found the importance of university academic rankings has doubled over the last 25 years.

Other news

Under-pressure universities could become housing developers, says consultant

Under-pressure universities could become housing developers, says consultant  » 

Universities acting as housing developers, taking over redundant NHS space and becoming much more integrated with their local communities – three developments that Kevin Richardson, Local Growth Consultant, HEFCE, believes are imminent and necessary.

£20 million awarded to develop an Institute of Coding to train next generation of digital specialists  » 

The HEFCE has awarded £20m to a consortium of more than 60 universities, businesses and industry experts to establish an Institute of Coding. The institute will create new degree-level courses to equip people with the digital skills needed for the economy.

Capital expenditure cuts planned at 25% of universities

Capital expenditure cuts planned at 25% of universities  » 

The latest report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on the financial health of the sector shows a big gap opening up between the capital expenditure plans of the best performing and those of less well performing universities.

Gleeds appointed to head technical advisory team on new MIM Schools Programme in Wales  » 

International property and construction consultancy, Gleeds, is to lead a team comprising specialist engineers Cundall, and design practice Scott Brownrigg, as technical advisors for Mutual Investment Model (MIM) projects in the second wave of investment in the 21stCentury Schools build initiative.