AUDE Conference 2018 at Kent

Peter Czarnomski, Director of Estates, recently hosted the AUDE Conference 2018 (Association of University Directors of Estates) on behalf of the University of Kent. This high profile event provided an opportunity to showcase the Canterbury Campus to more than 140 Directors of Estates across the sector.

Sibson Building provided an outstanding conference venue and over three days delegates heard from a number of high profile speakers.

Over three days speakers at the Plenary sessions included,  PY Gerbeau, serial entrepreneur famously the ‘saviour’ of the Millenium Dome. Dame Heather Rabbatts, former Chief executive of the London Borough of Lambeth and the first woman to sit on the board of the FA, presented alongside Sahar Hashemi, OBE, and co-founder of Coffee Republic. Jim Lawless, author of ‘Taming Tigers’ and the first Briton to dive below the 100m barrier on a single breath of air.  Roger Martin-Fagg, Economist and Rob McClatchey, Chairman of UPP Group Holdings Limited presented ‘The possible financial outcomes of Brexit and how they might impact on the HE Sector.  Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, Chairman of The Historic Dockyard Chatham gave a unique insight to a TRUE Leader, ‘Meeting the Challenge’.  The final morning of the conference saw a highly entertaining presentation from Stephanie Davies, co-founder of Laughology the nation’s most talked-about training and development programme, and finally, Sir Ranulph Fiennes closed the conference with an awe-inspiring journey through just two of his epic expeditions across the past 40 years.

The highlight of the conference on Tuesday night was the AUDE Awards and Gala Dinner at Canterbury Cathedral’s Chapter House, hosted by writer and broadcaster, Gyles Brandreth.  The University of Kent, Estates Department saw two members of its team recognised as Highly Commended. In the category AUDE Chair’s Award for Long Term Contribution: Sarah Cooke, Head of Customer Services and Engagement. Sarah is an excellent example of someone who has continually developed their role and sought to contribute more and more both within the Department, to the University and to the local community.  Having joined the Estates Department in 1989.  Sarah was shortlisted alongside three long standing University Directors of Estates.  Emily Mason, Environmental Sustainability Assistant received the Highly Commended Award in the category of The AUDE Emerging Talent Award, for  her project, Futureproof, using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for staff and students from across the University to assess the impact of their activities and create bespoke, targeted action plans to improve. By developing Futureproof, Emily has delivered something with far wider reaching impacts than we had ever envisaged

Simon Fanshawe, OBE co-founder and partner of Diversity by Design expertly steered the conference through to a successful conclusion on Wednesday morning.

The AUDE Conference 2019 will take place at the University of Lancaster (University of the Year 2018).

Photo credit: AUDE and Assured Events

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March 2018

 

 

 

L-R – Sam Whiffen, Ben Small, Lee Ballard, Derek Hockett, Chris Wright, Dave Crow, Tom Sherlock and Charles Gillibrand. Paul Griffiths, Tim Hanks, Kevin Netherclift, (not pictured). Grounds Maintenance team

The nomination was received from Ray Allard in the SHE Unit in recognition of the team’s exceptional efforts in making the University’s roads and footpaths safe during the recent adverse weather.

Gill Brealey and Miriam Sandiford, Transport and Travel Team

The nomination was received from Teresa Curteis, in recognition of Gill and Miriam going above and beyond during the recent adverse weather conditions and working extended hours to ensure staff and students at both Medway and Canterbury campuses were aware in advance of potential major travel disruptions through tweets and emails.

In awarding you the Customer Services Award the Senior Management Team, acknowledge the impact you have made to both the Estates Department and the University

 

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March 2018

L-R, Mick Miles, Kevin Elkington, Steve Moorey*, Nigel Brice*, Kevin Williams, Scott Merritt, (Taiwo Akintomide-Akinwamide and Samuel Davitt (not shown), Campus Security- Sierra Patrol and Medway FM Team* with Juliet Thomas, Assistant Director of Estates, Facilitates Management.
The nomination was received from Richard Cottam, Head of FM in recognition of the efforts and commitment in dealing with the snow and ice at the Medway Campus between 26 February and 2 March 2018, despite the campus being closed during that period, to allow KMTV to remain on site and continue their essential local news broadcasting.  It is recognised team members walked 5 miles in very poor conditions to reach campus.

Jeremy Rigden, Maintenance Department (bottom image – 1st left)
Two nominations were received  from Phil Whittall and Ben Casey both in recognition of Jeremy’s  exceptional effort to attend the campus during the recent adverse weather conditions, walking 6.5 miles to work on two separate days.  Jeremy’s dedication and drive provided continued services to the University and is commended.

Stephen Woollcott, John Stanger, Alan Wilson, and Donald MacInnes  (not shown) and Mark Spiers, Shaun Fitzgerald, Rebecca Baker(bottom image L-R)  Campus Security
The nomination was received from Juliet Thomas in recognition of the professionalism and hard work from Campus Security during a challenging day involving UCU strike action and the Israeli Ambassador visit.  Commendations were received from the Israeli Embassy and the Chief Inspector of Kent Police.

In awarding you the Staff Excellence Award the Senior Management Team, acknowledge the impact you have all made to both the Estates Department and the University.

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University signs deal to turn coppiced trees into biofuel

The Estates Department has signed a deal that will see trees coppiced from its Canterbury campus grounds sent to a biomass plant to be converted to energy.

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February 2018

Jenny Martine and Peter Hayes – Interior Services and Signage
The nomination was received from Richard Cottam, Head of FM in recognition of the initiative and effort involved in reducing the Estates offsite storage to zero, which has resulted in a significant financial saving for both the Estates Department and the University.
In awarding the Staff Excellence Award the Senior Management Team, acknowledge the impact made to both the Estates Department and the University.

Charlie Champion – Apprentice Plumber/Fitter
The nomination was received from Gary Richardson, Maintenance Stores Supervisor in recognition of Charlie’s dedication, problem solving and unique design of the self-service kiosk in the maintenance stores.
In awarding the Staff Excellence Award the Senior Management Team, acknowledge the impact made to your colleagues and the Department.

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February 2018

The Jennison Waste and Cleaning Team – (Matt Glover, Jaymie Kerr (not shown), James Relton, Roy Tampin, and Mark Tutt)
The nomination was received from a member of staff in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts in recognition of the high standard of work provided, the team often go above and beyond to ensure the facilities provided are in good working order and doing so in a polite and cheerful way.
In awarding the Customer Services Award the Senior Management Team, acknowledge the impact made to a customer on behalf of the Estates Department and the reputation of the University.

Neil Hopkins, Design and Print Centre
The nomination was received from Daniel Harding, Deputy Director of Music in recognition of Neil’s creative vision and assistance in creating and designing the termly music brochure and various promotional materials.
In awarding the Customer Services Award the Senior Management Team, acknowledge the impact Neil has made to a customer on behalf of the Estates Department and the reputation of the University.

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Opening of the School of Anthropology and Conservation entrance extension

The works consisted of a new entrance extension on the east and west sides of Marlowe Building creating a focal point for the school, incorporating new egg shaped meeting rooms, 12 new offices, a new reception and admin office, and breakout social spaces for staff, students and visitors.

A new featured staircase and internal living wall have been installed in the new space to create a focal point and the planting used has been carefully selected to work internally and also reflect elements of the course curriculum.

The whole project was designed in-house and project managed by Neil Hornsey.

The project cost £1.2million and was completed in 7 months and formally opened by Karen Cox on 7th November, 2017.

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December 2017

Derek Hockett and Lee Ballard, Grounds Maintenance Section.   The nomination was received from a member of staff in the Department of Politics and International Relations for the assistance provided in setting up the sports pitch ahead of an American Football event.   In awarding you the Customer Services Award the Senior Management Team, acknowledge the impact you made to a customer on behalf of the Estates Department and the reputation of the University.

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December 2017

Rebecca Medlock – Help Desk Operator.     This nomination was received from Wayne Wheeler, Maintenance Section, for providing admin support to him, whilst maintaining Help Desk services at a time when the Help Desk was under resourced.

In awarding you the Staff Excellence Award the Senior Management Team, acknowledge the impact you have made to a colleague and the department whilst maintaining professionalism during a challenging time.

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We are supporting MIND

The total amount raised from the Estates Christmas Charity Raffle 2017 was £970, and with further monies added to it which have been accrued over the year, the charity – MIND (nominated by Emily Mason) will receive a cheque for an Estates record-breaking £1834.14!

Well done to everyone who bought raffle tickets and donated money to this worthwhile cause.  Also, a huge thank you to everyone who helped to make the raffle event happen.

MIND provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.   https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/

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