The University's Estate Strategy sets out the key principles for developing the University’s estate in line with its academic objectives over the period 2013 to 2018. It reflects the key challenges facing the Higher Education sector and this University, examines the impact of issues around efficiency and sustainability, and outlines future developments that are either underway already or in the pipeline.

“The University of Oxford estate comprises a significant portfolio of land and properties, with a wide range of asset types and uses”. 

The estate in numbers:

  • 235 buildings, providing some 590,000m2 of space, which accommodates the day-to-day activities of the University, including specialist research buildings, teaching laboratories and lecture halls, sports facilities, libraries and museums, administrative and ceremonial buildings
  • A further 150 properties in and around Oxford which are managed commercially, including accommodation for graduate students, offices, warehouses and land
  • The estate has been growing at circa 5% per annum for the last 15 years
  • The University has a series of masterplans which could provide up to an additional 250,000 m2 of space.
  • The University is responsible for the repair and upkeep of some of the finest buildings in the city of Oxford, including the Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian Theatre and Old Bodleian Library
  • The estate has buildings dating from 1424. 25% of it is listed and 37% was built before 1840. It also includes a significant portfolio of state-of-the-art research buildings developed over the last 10 years
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The Estate Strategy priorities:

  • To meet the changing patterns of research and teaching activity that result from changes in the size and shape of the University
  • To improve the utilisation of space through new buildings designed for flexibility and shared use, and the effective sharing of existing teaching and research facilities
  • To improve the condition and functional suitability of the estate by re-purposing existing buildings which are vacated when new ones are built
  • To reduce running costs and carbon emissions across the estate.
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