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Resources and information for capital funding and projects

Building Knowledge and Building Ambition

The Building Knowledge [Archive] and Building Ambition [Archive] reports seek to show the impact of public funding for the HE and college estates respectively, not only in enhancing the effectiveness of our universities' teaching and research spaces, but in helping drive forward national priorities and outcomes.


ExploreIT toolkit

The Explore IT toolkit was created by SFC, University of Strathclyde and DEGW as part of the research project Effective Spaces for Working in Higher and Further Education. The toolkit helps users and stakeholders clarify their evolving spaces needs to better brief designers and estates professionals.

Co-location toolkit

The Co-location toolkit is a collection of web-based resources that provides guidance to institutions on collaborating on a co-location project. At its core is a best-practice process map, tailored to a co-location project containing practical advice from successful co-location projects. The toolkit was developed as part of a research project funded by the SFC and undertaken in the School of the Built Environment at Heriot-Watt University.

Learning Landscapes in Higher Education

The Learning Landscapes in Higher Education research project looked at the ways in which academics work with colleagues in Estates and other key stakeholders to develop and manage innovation in the design of teaching and learning spaces in Higher Education.

This project explored new pathways and strategies which universities are using to link academic expertise to the process of quality and cost effective estate development in the re-designing of the university for the 21st century. The project was carried out by academics from the University of Lincoln in collaboration with design consultants DEGW and was funded by SFC and HEFCE.

The Learning Landscapes in Higher Education website includes useful tools and case studies.

Matching post-16 estate investment to educational outcomes

SFC commissioned Matching post-16 estate investment to educational outcomes [Archive] (March 2012). The report summarises key findings from a body of research drawn from studies covering schools, colleges and universities linking buildings and estates to educational outcomes (i.e. learning outcomes, the user experience, physical environment factors, and energy and carbon emissions).

The report recommends a set of key questions institutions should ask when developing their estate investment and maintenance plans, and concludes with illustrative case studies.

Collaborating in space use: Crichton Campus

The report Collaborating in space use at the Crichton Campus [Archive] (August 2006) was commissioned by SFC from independent consultants Critical Thinking and Brodies LLP to work with academic partners at the Crichton Campus, Dumfries, to establish the component elements of shared facilities, to consider other opportunities for space sharing, and to identify any other potential benefits for effectively delivering shared resources.

The report’s findings and recommendations are of interest to institutions considering similar collaborations in space use and can be found here.

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