Director of Estates celebrated for long-term contribution to university estates sector

Friday, 13 April 2018

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Sue Holmes, Director of Estates and Facilities Management at Oxford Brookes University, was presented with a Long Term Contribution award this week in recognition of her achievements in the university estates sector.

The award was given to Sue by the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) at the 2018 AUDE Awards, held at the University of Kent on Tuesday 10 April.

Each year the awards celebrate and highlight the achievements of universities and best practice in the industry, including those who lead the way in estates and facilities management.

On receiving her award, Sue Holmes said: “I’m very honoured and humbled to receive the AUDE Award for Long Term Contribution to the sector. I hugely enjoy working in the sector and am very proud of the contribution I have made through working with AUDE. Recognition by peers is very special.”

Sue is recognised as an expert on university space management, developing flexible and interesting areas for teaching and learning, and has spoken national and internationally on best practice for university campuses. She works with staff and students at Oxford Brookes to develop innovative spaces which amplify teaching and learning.

Brendan Casey, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer at Oxford Brookes University, said: “Over the last five years, Sue has made an enormous contribution to the development and delivery of our estates strategy here at Oxford Brookes and has overseen the creation and completion of some of our most ambitious and innovative spaces.

“The University is focused on investing in high-quality, sustainable campuses which support us in providing an excellent experience for students and staff. With her influence and wealth of experience, Sue has been a key driver in ensuring the University continues to realise its aspirations for its estate.

“Congratulations to Sue on her award – it is much deserved recognition for a truly valued colleague."

The University is focused on investing in high-quality, sustainable campuses which support us in providing an excellent experience for students and staff. With her influence and wealth of experience, Sue has been a key driver in ensuring the University continues to realise its aspirations for its estate.

Brendan Casey, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, Oxford Brookes University

Sue joined Oxford Brookes University as Director of Estates and Facilities Management in 2013, when the University was investing significantly in its campuses. Notably, Sue oversaw the completion and opening of the John Henry Brookes Building in 2014 which has won numerous national awards for its architectural design and the improvements it has made to the student experience.

In 2015, Oxford Brookes announced its ten-year estates investment plan which is seeing the University investing £220 million to further improve its campuses. So far, the plan has involved large-scale refurbishments to many of the University’s buildings.

Last year, the Oxford Brookes Business School moved from the Wheatley Campus to the fully refurbished Clerici building on the Headington Campus. In addition, the Clerici redevelopment project has delivered thirty new teaching rooms, a collaborative lecture theatre, social learning spaces and the Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall - a flexible and dynamic space for teaching and events, such as graduations. The project completed last month with the opening of the new, modernised external facade.

The first phase of refurbishment for the Sinclair building also completed in 2017. The refurbishment included a new home for the Bioimaging Unit which specialises in molecular cell biology research and brought state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories to the University’s central home for health and life sciences.

Nominations for the award are made by the AUDE Chair, currently Mike Clark, Director of Estates at the University of Brighton. He said: “Sue’s involvement with AUDE has been lengthy and significant. She has served as the Chair of AUDE and is the current communications lead for the Association.

“However, Sue will be rightly remembered for all the work she has done in connection with our annual Estates Management Record and this is perhaps her legacy to AUDE in terms of the ongoing wide respect afforded to this publication."

Sue will be retiring from Oxford Brookes University this summer.

Image: Sue Holmes is presented with her award by BBC TV’s Gyles Brandreth, Chancellor of the University of Chester