8 August 2019
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Please find below an update on the outcome from the recent elections for the Board, the AUDE Conference, Awards Dinner and the 2019 Benchmark Survey.
Elections for the TEFMA 2019/2020 Board were held in July. Nominations exceeded all expectations with 2 nominees for Vice-President and 10 nominees for the two Board positions available. The successful candidates, who will take up their roles at the Board meeting on 3 October, are:
Vice President: Mhairi Donohoe, Swinburne University of Technology Directors: Emmett Mackle, University of Auckland and Jon Peacock, University of Melbourne
AUDE (Association of University Director of Estates)
The AUDE Conference, unlike our TEMC, only involves Directors of Estate and senior estates staff from across the UK. This year’s conference was held at the University of Lancaster.
While the uncertainty of Brexit was a constant companion the issues being discussed were not all that dissimilar to those at our own gatherings
In a survey conducted at the conference the top four challenges identified by the Directors of Estate (and their weighting), were identified as; 1 funding environment (76%); 2 retaining and recruiting high quality staff (50%); 3 communicating and consulting with research and teaching staff to deliver the right outcomes (45%); 4 reducing energy costs (36%).
Strategic Partners at the AUDE Awards night dinner:
Vanessa Ranjit, Immediate Past President HEFMA;
Don Guckert, President APPA;
Garry Bradley, President TEFMA;
Keith Liley, Chair AUDE
Yes, it’s the UK and they do like to go formal!
Outside of Brexit a recurring theme was having to do more with less. This was at a time where the credibility of universities was being brought into question, there was increased external pressure coming from issues as diverse as government policy and building cladding and universities were having to fight to be central to determining the strategic direction that would dictate their future. Some universities were looking at completely different ways of delivering curriculum which in turn was leading to moves to new innovative facilities away from traditional campuses (e.g.Lancaster was establishing a new campus in Manchester). Sustainability was increasingly being seen by prospective students as a major determinant in how the university was perceived.
At the AUDE space management workshop the two largest issues were given as being how to handle; academic offices and informal space. AUDE is working through a revision of their space management principles.
Coming ... AUDE Summer School
As announced at this year’s TEFMA Directors' Forum, TEFMA is planning to offer a scholarship next year for an aspiring leader from within the infrastructure/property/facilities area to participate in the AUDE Summer School. More details will be provided later this year.
The program is delivered by Directors of Estate in the UK. There will be an opportunity for an Executive Director from Australia or New Zealand to participate as part of the faculty delivering the program. This presents a unique opportunity to build informal networks on an international basis.
TEFMA Awards Dinner, Monday 30 September
TEFMA will be celebrating our 30th anniversary at the 2019 Awards Dinner, being held in Adelaide in conjunction with the TEMC, on Monday 30 September. Applications for the TEFMA scholarships and awards have now closed. The successful candidates will be announced on the night. It was pleasing to see the wide range and high quality of those individuals and institutions who were put forward for consideration. It all makes for a difficult, though inspiring, task for the assessment panel.
Tickets for the Awards Dinner can be booked through the TEMC Website during the registration process, or by emailing the TEFMA Secretariat.
Congratulations to all those nominated by their institutions and peers. More on the night…
2018 Benchmark Survey
All institutional members should have now received their login to the updated TEFMA Benchmark Reporting Tool. If your institution has not received its login email (which is sent to the registered institutional member) please contact the TEFMA Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some interesting facts from the benchmarking survey:
Institutional members can now access all of the benchmark data and develop their own comparisons using the online reporting tool.
2019 Workshop Calendar
Following a successful start to TEFMAs workshop calendar for 2019, November will see another two workshops close out this year.
TEFMA Grounds Workshop - "Campus Environments - Campus Experience"
Registration is now open for the TEFMA Grounds Workshop taking place on place on 6 - 7 November. Deakin University are hosting this event at their Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus at the Waurn Ponds Estate. A Preliminary Program will be released in the coming weeks.
Register Now: www.tefmagrounds.com.au
TEFMA Student Study & Living Spaces Workshop
Expressions of interest are currently being sought for speakers for the TEFMA Student Study & Living Spaces Workshop which is taking place on 25 - 26 November. The workshop venue is University House at The Woodward, (University of Melbourne). The workshop will bring together experts in the design, development and management of innovative learning environments and student accommodation. Register your interest as an attendee, speaker or sponsor here>>.
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