The front of the Aston Webb building framed by the arch of Old Joe

The University of Birmingham is delighted to host the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) 2022 annual conference.

This year’s conference examines, ‘University estates: The next chapter’. Over the last two years, Covid has brought a number of challenges to the Higher Education sector with constant uncertainty, disruption and change.

In a post-Covid era, this year’s AUDE conference will explore how to develop campuses that:

  • students continue to want to attend in person;
  • are safe and adaptable spaces;
  • remain beacons for great teaching and research;
  • interact powerfully with industry; and
  • enhance graduate employability.

We are delighted to be hosting this prestigious conference that welcomes Directors from across the sector. Over the last two years, our teams have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure our staff, students and community members could return to campus safely, and that our estates continued to function. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to be reunited with colleagues who we may not have seen in person since before the pandemic, to network and to share learnings from our experiences. Most importantly, it provides us with an opportunity to work together to continue building the campuses of the future.

Trevor Payne, Director of Estates, University of Birmingham

AUDE (#AUDE22) is taking place online on 31 March and 1 April, and in person on 4 and 5 April.