The Manchester Metropolitan University, Estates and Facilities Management Team has won the Association of University Directors of Estates’ (AUDE) 2017 Estates and Facilities Team of the Year award. The award recognises exceptional team work leading to a significant achievement.
The 2017 AUDE Awards took place on the final night of the annual AUDE conference held at Manchester Metropolitan University. Each year the awards celebrate and highlight the achievements of universities and best practice in the industry, including those who lead the way in estate and facilities management.
The judges were impressed by the Residential Life model which offers a complete and inclusive pastoral care package engaging students, staff and the local community. Senior students meet undergraduates upon arrival in halls, helping them settle into their new university life and community on campus. Manager Paula Dalziel set up the model from scratch. And the success of the pilot has led to the Residential Life model being implemented across all the universities halls and leased halls, providing support to over 4,000 students. With 97% of student accommodation remaining filled throughout the academic year, the link between sense of belonging and academic success is clear.
Paula Dalziel, Residential Life manager at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to win this award. The project was a huge team effort and I couldn’t be prouder of every single person involved. Offering an excellent student experience is one of our top priorities so we’re thrilled to be recognised by AUDE.”
The judges were on the lookout for teams, projects and individuals who have made a significant contribution to enhancing excellence and ensuring university estates provide best value to support the institutional mission and promote efficiency and effectiveness.
AUDE chair and head judge, Mike Clark, commented: “The Residential Life model is extremely impressive. A solid system which provides a strong and measurable impact combined with portability throughout the sector.
“This year AUDE celebrates its 25th anniversary and the awards are just one of the ways we continue to support best practice in estates and facilities. This year evokes many challenges in the higher education sector, so it’s fantastic to continue to see our estate and facilities teams deliver the best student experience possible.”