University of Cumbria wins Highly Commended for the AUDE University Impact Initiative of the Year Award for community response to 2015 floods

University of Cumbria wins Highly Commended for the AUDE University Impact Initiative of the Year Award for community response to 2015 floods  name

The estates team at the University of Cumbria, led by Peter Trumper, have won Highly Commended for AUDE’s 2016 University Impact Initiative of the Year Award. This award recognises a specific initiative having a significant positive impact on the institution, the sector and/or the profession.

The team at the University of Cumbria impressed the judges with their heroic effort to provide alternative accommodation and facilities for neighbours, businesses, staff and students who had been affected by Storm Desmond in December 2015. The storm battered the North West of England and in particular Carlisle and the surrounding areas causing severe flooding. The estates team spent the weekend liaising with the county’s emergency response team co-ordinating the removal of students from their flooded homes into alternative accommodation. They put in a business and communications plan to quickly convert the university’s sports hall into the city’s main distribution centre for those affected by the storm. Shower facilities were opened up to the local community as well as other space where key community services could work from to ensure essential services could continue during this difficult time. Businesses also benefited from office space on campus so they too could continue operating.

Peter Trumper, Estates Manager North at the University of Cumbria, said: “We’re thrilled to have achieved Highly Commended for this award! The team did an amazing job by reacting so quickly to the events, and we’re just glad that we were able to provide safe accommodation to those who were affected.”

The judges were on the lookout for teams, projects and individuals who have made a significant contribution to enhancing excellence and ensuring university estates provide best value to support the institutional mission and promote efficiency and effectiveness.

AUDE Chair and head judge, Trevor Humphreys, Director of Estates and Facilities at the University of Surrey commented, “The estates team at the University of Cumbria went above and beyond the norm during a catastrophic event. They displayed a heroic effort and it was a remarkable challenge to take on. We’re pleased to award them the Highly Commended Award for the work they did and the legacy they created with their superb community engagement.”

“The university sector has faced monumental changes over the past year, so it’s encouraging to see that the standards across all our institutions remains extremely high to help deliver the best student experience possible.”

The 2016 Higher Education Estates and Facilities Awards took place at the Gala dinner on the final night of the annual AUDE conference earlier this month held at Exeter University. Each year the awards celebrate and highlight the achievements of universities and best practice in the industry, including those who lead the way in estate and facilities management.

The AUDE Conference and Awards in 2017 will be held at the University of Manchester from 10 to 12 April. This event is for members of AUDE and invited guests and will be accompanied by an exhibition and sponsorship opportunities.

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