Newcastle University: Times Higher Education Award 2021 for Outstanding Estates Team

 
 
Newcastle University has won Outstanding Estates Team at the Times Higher Education Awards 2021

Newcastle University has won Outstanding Estates Team and Outstanding Technician of the Year at Times Higher Education Awards 2021.

Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor and President of Newcastle University welcomed the news and said: "I am proud of our achievement in the Times Higher Awards as this is recognition for the hard work and dedication of our teams across the University.

“From the collaborative approach across the region, to the successful completion of our award-winning Catalyst through to the innovative approach to team working during the pandemic, the work of our Estates team was rightly recognised as Outstanding Estates Team.

“I am delighted Dr Andy Filby's tireless work to break down barriers and promote parity of esteem for the technician community has been recognised by winning the Times Higher Award for Outstanding Technician of the Year.

“My congratulations and thanks to all involved.”

Winning the Times Higher Education Award 2021 for Outstanding Estates Team, the diverse role of Newcastle University’s Estates team was highlighted by two areas showing how they are challenging established thinking in the sector. 

With Covid-19 having a huge impact on their catering and conferencing activities, in June 2020 the Estates team worked closely with People Services and the Unions to identify opportunities for secondments and redeployment. 17 catering colleagues were redeployed into Building Facilities and Security roles providing colleagues with more job security and new career opportunities. 

Feedback from these colleagues has been outstanding and they are extremely happy in their new roles.

Secondly, over the past four years together NEUPC and Newcastle University have worked closely to develop innovative frameworks for construction for collaborative use by the 5 regional universities (Durham, Sunderland, Newcastle, Northumbria, and Teesside). This has not only benefitted the institutions but also the local economy and communities.

Newcastle Universities Capital Team within Estates, working closely with the framework partners and University stakeholders has delivered outstanding facilities in difficult circumstances. 

The completion of the Catalyst Building in 2019 received outstanding feedback from building users, the construction industry and wider public. Home to two National Innovation Centres, the building was delivered six weeks early and £5m below budget and went on to be awarded BREEAM Outstanding, highlighting the work undertaken to support the University’s Sustainability goals. It has also won both the Regional and National Constructing Excellence in the North East Sustainability Awards. 

The Outstanding Estates Strategy Award was received by Iain Garfield, Head of Estate Planning & Development.

Iain Garfield, Director of Estates & Facilities for Newcastle University said 

"It was a great honour to accept the THE award for Outstanding Estates Team on behalf of our fantastic Estates & Facilities team. Throughout November AUDE have been celebrating the outstanding work of Estates teams during the pandemic so it is especially pleasing to be selected as the best of the best. The judges recognised the work the team has undertaken not only within the University but also the work that was undertaken in conjunction with NEUPC and our Framework partners to support the local community and local economy.”

The judges stated:

“Newcastle University's Estates Teams is challenging established thinking in the sector and consistently demonstrates innovation and excellence which has already been recognised via numerous awards. Over the past 4 years they have worked closely with North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC) to develop innovative frameworks for construction for collaborative use by the region's five universities. This has not only benefitted the institutions but also the local economy and communities. The excellent work of the Capital Team within Estates, working closely with the framework partners and university stakeholders has delivered outstanding facilities in difficult circumstances.”

Read the full list of THE Award Winners here