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Coping with Cuts

Coping With Cuts – A Strategic Approach to Delivering Estates Efficiencies

Executive Summary

This paper provides a commentary aimed at senior college managers engaged in estates matters and facing the need to respond to overall reductions in funding.

Using the experience of two large but very different colleges, Bradford College and Kirklees College we have considered how the two colleges have responded to on-going funding reductions whilst developing estates strategies and implementing new building projects.

The paper emphasises the need for estates thinking to be under-pinned by a strategic approach to property, financial and educational considerations, such that it can identify and pursue an optimum size and quality of estate.

The paper therefore begins with a review of the over-arching strategic issues that college managers need to bear in mind.

We then consider three ways in which colleges can seek change in an austere financial environment, namely

  • Through investment
  • Through greater financial efficiency within the estate
  • Through reductions in the estate leading to cost savings

We conclude with a look at some of the practicalities involved in putting the changes in to action, based on our experiences as college managers.

Contributors to this paper; Melanie Brooke and Andy Welsh.

Introduction
Strategic Issues
Investment
Financial Efficiency Within the Estate
Increasing Income and Reducing Costs
Reducing the Estate
Putting Change into Action
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